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Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mike Mullen: Pentagon Expected To Request More War Financing | ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's top military officer said Wednesday that he expected the Pentagon to ask Congress in the next few months for emergency fina...

Admiral Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Says Force Must Be Option For Iran

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Military force would have only limited effect in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons but must remain an option, the head ...

Joint Chiefs: Don't Mess With Dwell Time

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Like every other patriotic American, I want to support our troops. If the Joint Chiefs say our troops need twelve months at home before being sent to Afghanistan, I think we better do what they say.

An Open Letter To President Obama On Afghanistan

Michael Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Moore

When we elected Obama we didn't expect miracles. We didn't even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought he would stop the madness -- the killing and the insanity.

Afghanistan, Again: The Thicket Obama's Not Getting Out Of

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

We can't afford to build a nation in Afghanistan. We have one reasonable goal there, and everything else, no matter how seemingly noble it may or may not be, is a luxury.

Joint Chief Of Staff Chairman: US Is Bungling Muslim Outreach

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is bungling its outreach to the Muslim world and squandering good will by failing to live up to its promises, the...

Cash for Nuclear Clunkers

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

If Secretary Gates is looking to save money and make us safer, there is no better place to start than by eliminating the security liabilities we promote in our arsenal of nuclear clunkers.

Escalation Scam: Troops in Afghanistan

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The president has set a limit on the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. For now. That's how escalation works. Ceilings become floors. Gradually.

What Can Be Done Now on DADT

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Discrimination in our armed forces carries a potent symbolism: It tells an entire class of people that the country is not interested in their service.

Where the People Lead, the Leaders Will Follow

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Gallup brings good news. Across the political spectrum, a growing majority of Americans favor allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the military.

For Gays in the Military, Obama's Good Intentions Not Enough

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Good intentions are no substitute for the change our service members are counting on, especially those who might like to be relieved from a third or fourth or fifth tour in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Mullen: Military to comply if gay ban law changes

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's top military adviser said Sunday the Pentagon has enough challenges _ including two wars _ without rushing...

Time for Courage and Leadership, Mr. President

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a wrong that can be made right. Just say what you said in your campaign, Mr. Obama, and what's on your White House web site. Do what you said you'd do.

Don't Let an Ambush Happen Again, Mr. President

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

If President Obama plans to keep his campaign promise, the White House and the Pentagon had better get on the same page now, and be ready to face the tough questioning sure to come.

Obama Calls For Defense Spending Cuts

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has asked the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff to cut the Pentagon's budget request for the fiscal year 2010 by more than 10 ...

Obama in the Tank

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

While most eyes were on the then impending vote on Obama's economic revival program, the new president ventured out to the Pentagon for his first meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday.

Out of Iraq in 16 Months: Yes We Can -- Yes We Must

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Wavering on his promise to withdraw from Iraq in 16 months could damage the credibility of Obama's claim that his election represented fundamental change.

Obama and His Commanders

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Now we're into one of the most fascinating parts of the new Obama administration: President Obama's relationship with America's military commanders.

Don't Ask Don't Tell: Getting Repeal Right This Time

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

To get rid of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" we must proceed deliberately and according to a plan, which will not require grandstanding, but rather actual leadership.

Petraeus Opts Out of Politics -- or Does He?

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

By claiming to be apolitical, Petraeus might be positioning himself to assert a role not only in implementing policy but in shaping policy to suit his own agenda, in Iraq and elsewhere.

Why the Right's Messaging is Working

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Why is the young brilliant upstart Obama only ahead by single digits. At least part of the reason is this: John McCain knows how to control his message.

Military: Troop Strains Putting US At Risk

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Behind the Pentagon's closed doors, U.S. military leaders told President Bush Wednesday they are worried about the Iraq war's mount...