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Elizabeth Warren Issues Hawkish Iran Statement, Contradicts U.S. Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

Two of the nation's most high-profile Democratic candidates for Senate seats have parted ways over U.S. policy on Iran, which is a top national securi...

Marines Punished For Pushing Prostitute Out Of Car

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.24.2012 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday three Marines on a U.S. Embassy security team and one embassy staff member were p...

Needs Over MEADS

Mark Pfeifle | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Mark Pfeifle

For reasons that defy all logic, the administration wishes to spend yet another $400 million on MEADS, the Medium Extended Air Defense System, while simultaneously acknowledging that the missile system will never get off the ground.

Suing the Department of Defense for Dereliction of Its Duty

Nancy Parrish | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Nancy Parrish

We would like to believe that this most recent in a series of pledges of "zero tolerance" will make a difference. However, we would only know the Pentagon is serious and effective when the careers of those senior commanders who fail to provide positive leadership and take effective action are ended.

Hillary Asked If She Would Run As Obama's VP

Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears on 'The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer' Wednesday to discuss the newly released photos of U.S. soldiers i...

Panetta's Weekend Trips Home Cost Taxpayers $32,000 A Pop

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday he regrets the cost to taxpayers for his weekend trips to his California home, but says ...

Board Recommends Dismissal For Marine Who Criticized Obama On Facebook

AP | By JULIE WATSON | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marine Corps officials are seeking additional guidance from the Pentagon regarding service members' use of social media amid...

Panetta: Congress 'Put A Gun To Their Heads' By Taking Big Risk

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics

ABOARD THE USS PELELIU -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told U.S. Marines and sailors on Friday that Congress would be irresponsible if it doesn't ac...

Panetta: Afghan War Strategy Can't Be Guided By Polls

AP | LOLITA BALDOR | Posted 05.27.2012 | World

OTTAWA, Ontario — The war in Afghanistan can't be determined by polls, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday, asserting that the U.S. must...

Marine Critical Of Obama Faces Possible Dismissal

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

SAN DIEGO — A Marine facing dismissal for running a Facebook page called Armed Forces Tea Party that criticizes the Obama administration is stil...

There Can Be No Second-Class Service Members

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Commanders in the field are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with a two-tiered system of benefits and support for service members and their families. The colleagues of gay and lesbian military families are recognizing the inequalities and inherent unfairness of the status quo.

Panetta Reportedly Safe After Stolen Vehicle Explodes In Flames

AP | Posted 05.14.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says an Afghan drove an apparently stolen vehicle onto the ramp area of a British airfield in southern Afghanistan and into...

Obama 'More Determined' To Leave Afghanistan After Massacre

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2012 | World

By Caren Bohan and Ahmad Nadem WASHINGTON/KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, March 12 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Monday the massa...

With Iran, Threat Inflation Is the Threat

William Astore | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
William Astore

If a nuclear-armed Iran is indeed the greatest threat we as a nation face, that is indeed good news. Even better: Our latest intelligence estimate suggests that Iran still doesn't have a nuclear weapon, nor is it clear whether its leaders have decided to build one.

US Seeks To Contain Damage From Afghan Shooting

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.11.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta both called Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express their condolences af...

Joshua Hersh

WATCH: Syrian Activist Says Western Intervention Must Comprehensive | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.07.2012 | World

NEW YORK -- As the debate over how to support the opposition in Syria grows louder in Washington, a Syrian activist closely affiliated with the opposi...

Syria Intervention 'Has No Simple Answers'

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the nation's top military leader delivered a sober assessment Wednesday of Syria's sophisticate...

Are "All Options on the Table" Really? Or Really!

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The best way to convince Israel to defer a preemptive attack on Iran and recalibrate itself to Washington's assessment is for Obama to convincingly reassure Israeli PM Netanyahu that "all options are on the table... Really!"

It's Time to Speed Up the Timeline for Leaving Afghanistan

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

If Eisenhower could accept a stalemate in Korea and Nixon could sign a deal with Vietnam that allowed American forces to extricate themselves, Obama can move the troops out of Afghanistan much faster than on the timeline of December 2014.

It's Rambo Time: Covert Ops Drives Pentagon Strategy

Danny Schechter | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Danny Schechter

These units like Special Forces, Delta Force, SEALs, and Rangers often operate outside the chain of command and, as they become institutionally stronger, tend to dominate military decision-making.

GOP Attacks Bold Obama Proposal As 'Reckless Lunacy'

AP | DONNA CASSATA and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Wednesday vowed to block the Obama administration from sharply cutting the U.S. nuclear force, calling...

Panetta Defends Controversial Plan

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the nation's top military leader on Tuesday defended the Pentagon's slimmed-down, $614 billion b...

Panetta Calls For New Probe In Controversial Marines Photo

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and JULIE WATSON | Posted 04.11.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Marine Corps on Friday to re-investigate and take appropriate action against the Marine sni...

A Big Step Forward For Women In the Military

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 04.10.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — New orders from the Pentagon: The military on Thursday formally opened thousands of jobs to women in units that are closer to the f...

At Sea in Afghanistan

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

Last week the Obama administration sent clear signals that it was planning to fold its tents in Afghanistan earlier than previously advertised. That set off a flurry of speculation as to why and whether we were giving up on the mission. Most of the talk is about how a retreat could be accomplished with credibility intact. After all, Afghanistan is where the "war on terror" began more than ten years ago. Once again, though, we are focusing on means and modalities without specifying the ends. And the bitter truth is that the Obama administration's foreign policy team is witless about too many things. There is a strong case to made that it is not competent to be the custodian of the nation's welfare in the larger world; nor is it honest about its shortcomings.