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U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record

Nick Turse | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Nick Turse

An American century of carnage and combat has yielded many lessons learned, but not, it seems, the most important one when it comes to military conflict.

A Force Unto Itself

William J. Astore | Posted 03.22.2016 | Home
William J. Astore

In the decades since the draft ended in 1973, a strange new military has emerged in the United States. Think of it, if you will, as a post-democratic force that prides itself on its warrior ethos rather than the old-fashioned citizen-soldier ideal.

Desert Storm Anniversary Reminds Us that Even Victorious Wars Are Problematic

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home
Ivan Eland

As the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm rolls around, historians are finally beginning to question whether this short-term victory was really a long-term triumph.

A Lost Opportunity -- The 1991 Iraq Uprisings

ADST | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home

In the days following the decimation of the Iraqi Army during Operation Desert Storm, groups of Iraqi minorities, specifically the Shia in the south and the Kurds in the north, seized on the weakness of Saddam Hussein's armed forces to try and overthrow the Iraqi Baathist regime.

Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 02.11.2015 | Home
Garett Reppenhagen

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.

Climate Change Challenges: Support the Environment or the U.S. Military

Kathy Kelly | Posted 02.07.2015 | Home
Kathy Kelly

Today's children and generations to follow them face nightmares of scarcity, disease, mass displacement, social chaos, and war, due to our patterns of consumption and pollution. Ironically, one of the institutions which comprehends the disasters that loom is the U.S. military.

Wolitzer's Novel The Interestings Fails to Live Up to Its Title

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 11.05.2013 | Home
Sunny Bjerk

Despite the promise of its beginning, the novel falters in its lack of character depth and development, ultimately pinning the novel's success on the glib lives of six New Yorkers who occupy a bubble separate from the city's racial and socioeconomic diversity.

Sending a Kid Into the World

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.20.2013 | Home
Peter Van Buren

I kept my mouth shut at the college -- there are rituals to these things and dad-confessions are not among them -- but I wanted to say sorry to her more than simply goodbye.

Pilot And Jet Share Survival Story

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.23.2012 | Home

Ex-Navy pilot Bob Besal survived a mid-air jet collision in 1974 and later became a decorated war hero. Last week, the 62-year-old discovered (h/t CNN...

2013 Ford Full Line Event: Top 10 Revelations

Karl Brauer | Posted 09.16.2012 | Detroit
Karl Brauer

It's that time of year again, when every carmaker lets the car geek reporters (excuse me -- ahem -- automotive journalists) into their proving grounds to play with their latest four-wheeled toys.

The Brains That Bind Us

Marian Salzman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Marian Salzman

Although two of the greatest attributes of our country might be our competitive spirit and our defense of our values and freedoms, one can't help but wonder at what price. Brains are the tie that binds us, but are we really coming undone? Think about it.

Classic Coasters And More: Our Guide To Arizona Amusement Parks

The Huffington Post | Patricia Escarcega | Posted 08.27.2012 | Home

Amusement parks in Arizona offer year-round fun for children and families. From hair-raising coasters to toddler-friendly attractions, these amusement...

How Our Leadership Can Solve the Budget Crisis -- And, Why They Won't

Bayard H. Waterbury, III | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bayard H. Waterbury, III

I am an American, an aging American Baby Boomer. I was born in 1946, following the end of WWII. That was a tenuous time in American history, not unlike the present in the degree of challenges facing this country.

Desert Storm Turns Twenty: What Really Happened in 1991, and Why it Matters, Part I of II

Geoffrey Wawro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Geoffrey Wawro

It's been twenty years since we went to war in Iraq for the first time. The years have been kind to Desert Storm, which is now remembered as an unalloyed triumph. But was it?

Spiritual Death

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Koehler

The easy violence of empire washes over everything. It washes into our psyches. I'm thinking about this in connection with the juxtaposition of anni...

Newt Gingrich: It's Time to Tell Us What Bush Told You

Charlie Reina | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charlie Reina

If those recently-declassified documents from the early days of the Bush administration haven't convinced Americans that Bush planned the Iraq War long before September 11, 2001, maybe Newt Gingrich can.

Billionaire Texan Helps Divvy Up Iraq's Oil, Now Admits It's the Bush Legacy

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jackson Williams

Are oil interests now Iraq's fourth stakeholder group, and wasn't that always the objective? Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan certainly thinks so.

Rampage At Fort Hood: Should We Be Surprised?

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beau Friedlander

It's unfair to say, categorically, that Nidal Hasan went berserk because we've made the wrong choices. But it's also unfair to continue policies that kill people on both sides of a now pointless conflict.

A New Year and a New Way to Embrace Life's Uncertainty

Kari Stoever | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Kari Stoever

The great paradox is that every choice is a thousand renunciations. Are you aware of what you are choosing or failing to choose today?

For Iran--Think Long Term, Not Immediate Self-Gratificaton

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Salam Al Marayati

Implementing sanctions against Iran would play right into the hands of the theocracy. By imposing sanctions, the US will hand the Iranian government a card it does not have at this time--blaming the increase of prices on foreign powers.

Bush Oil Buddies Divvy Up Iraqi Oil, Now Joined By "Liberal Scion" Peter Galbraith

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jackson Williams

Peter Galbraith, son of the famed economist, is in line to reap $100 million dollars -- maybe more -- from contracts between a Norwegian oil company and the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

Yemen: Deja Vu All Over Again

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Phyllis Bennis

Barack Obama is not the first US president to find Yemen a challenge. Two decades ago, then-President George H.W. Bush was eager to force a unanimous vote in the UN, when Yemen voted no.

Torture Advocates will Set the Military Back for Generations

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Brandon Friedman

Once upon a time, our adversaries knew they could hoist the white flag and expect to be treated humanely, making them more likely to give up sooner. It kept American soldiers out of countless bloody fights.