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Bin Laden's Death Sparks Rethinking of US Policy in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.

How the Tiny Kingdom of Bahrain Strong-Armed the President of the United States

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Turse

Just how American bullets make their way into Bahraini guns opens a wider window into the shadowy relationships between the Pentagon and a number of autocratic states in the Arab world.

Marines Say Bradley Manning Is Imprisoned Isolated and Naked 'For His Own Good'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If Bradley Manning isn't mentally disturbed already, it would seem that forcing him to stay naked in his cell all night while under constant surveillance would certainly push him in that direction.

Gutting Our Government's Peace Agency: Savings Equals 3 Hours in Afghanistan

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Cutting $42 million not only eliminates a bipartisan institution, but weakens America's ability to prevent violent conflicts overseas and sends the message that America cares little about peace.

Ambassador Blasts U.S. Militarization of Foreign Policy and Development

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Hughes

Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.

Justice Remains Elusive for Many at U.S. Prison in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

As the war in Afghanistan drags into its tenth year, the United States doesn't need more martyrs. It does need to do a much better job of winning regional support for its mission. Sending innocent prisoners home would be a good start.

Amanda Terkel

Pentagon Paid Billions To Contractors Suspended For Fraud | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The military paid a total of $285 billion to more than 100 contractors between 2007 and '09, even though those same companies were defra...

Amanda Terkel

GOP Senator To Pentagon: Get Finances In Order Or Face Deep Cuts | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Although many Republicans are still arguing that the Defense Department should be exempt from the belt-tightening the rest of the countr...

No Room for the Pentagon's Wars in Dr. King's Dream

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Greenwald

This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an appropriate moment to reflect on the power of nonviolent social activism motivated by love and a sense of justice. Just don't tell the Pentagon.

Amanda Terkel

Pentagon Official: MLK Would Support Iraq, Afghan Wars | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Although the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best remembered by the American public for fighting against racial discrimination, he was a...

Pentagon Set To Announce $100 Billion In Spending Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is expected to announce as early as Thursday about $100 billion in savings for the Pentagon and cuts to some weapons pr...

Bradley Manning's Confinement Conditions Are 'Not Customary'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Manning is held in maximum custody, alone in a six by 12 feet cell. He is not allowed sheets or pillows to sleep with. If he tries to do sit-ups, guards stop him. He's also said to be a threat to himself. His lawyer says that's a ruse.

Pentagon's Afghan Review to Reveal Rampant Waste, Fraud, and Corruption?

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

A Pentagon report due out this week will probably try to convince us that the war in Afghanistan is on the right track. And yet a poll released this month surveying Afghan public opinion says otherwise.

Senate DADT Obstructionists Joined the Wrong Side of America's Civil Rights History

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Senate Republicans continue to hide behind disingenuous national security claims. In the long run, those who are keen to turn this into a political charade can't stop reform.

Sarge, There's a Naked Gay Guy in the Shower!

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

For years I marveled at the military's leadership in advancing the cause of civil rights within the ranks. It now has an opportunity to prove that the institution can be hospitable and welcoming to openly gay men and women.

Have the Terrorists Won?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Shapiro

2010-11-20-ronpaul.jpgThe 2001 attacks, while at first uniting us, set us on a path that is robbing us of our greatness. When Midwestern grandmothers and eight-year-old boys get genital pat downs, the terrorists have won.

Walter Reed Closure Begins; Wounded Warriors Surge

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

As a truly world class rehabilitation facility closes at Walter Reed, that facility is being replaced by fragmented and geographically separate facilities. Now care for our combat wounded is about to suffer further.

Gays In The Military Study: Most U.S. Troops, Families Say Gays OK

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — An internal Pentagon study has found that most U.S. troops and their families don't care whether gays are allowed to serve openly and t...

Efforts To Prosecute Blackwater Collapse

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly four years after the federal government began a string of investigations and criminal prosecutions against Blackwater Worldwide personnel accus...

Sam Stein

Gibbs: DADT Will End, 'It's Not Whether But... How' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs studiously avoided weighing in on the legal debate erupting around Don't Ask Don't Tell on Wednesday, deflecting...

Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book’s Reprint | SCOTT SHANE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government's eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., fo...

Counterterrorism Memoir Blocked by Pentagon Available on EBay

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Keith Thomson

In an effort to contain classified information brought to light by the book, the Department of Defense sought to purchase the entire print run and destroy it. This plan may have backfired.

Pentagon Mission

Washington Post | Peter Finn and Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The Defense Department is attempting to buy the entire first printing - 10,000 copies - of a memoir by a controversial former Defense Intelligence Age...

$547 Million Can't Paper Over Failure of Afghanistan War

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.

CENTCOM's Digital Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

In Tampa, a team of fluent Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu speaking civilians comb through online forums in their respective languages, where they're looking for incendiary commentary about the U.S. military.