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Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Newsmax reports that Bill O'Reilly will pick up the tab for the legal fees, calling the situation an outrage: That is an outrage," he said. "I will...

Is the DREAM Act a Military Recruiter's Dream, Too? (VIDEO)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.

The F Word: Baby Steps Towards Equality

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's over a year into an Obama administration, and already that word "compromise" has been heard too much. Yet when the news hit Monday night that the...

Robert Cottle, LAPD Officer, Killed In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Joel Rubin and Tony Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT unit, who also served as a U.S. Marine, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan by a roadside b...

Is America a World Monster?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

When it comes to foreign policy, America has two choices: Either do what is in its owns interests or do what is ethical. Only on rare occasions that these two roadmaps intersect.

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The bottom line in Afghanistan is that clearly, some major elements of the Obama strategy are not adding up. And some things that are working may simply be unsustainable.

The Sorrows of War: A Review of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

There are powerful and important insights here, moments of beauty and horror that are stunning. Ultimately, though, Matterhorn fails -- as a novel and as a reflection on that terrible war.

Column: Anti-Gay Pastor Shouldn't Be Allowed To Protest At Marine's Funeral

Philadelphia Inquirer | Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics


Army's Training Ability 'At Risk' Because Of Iraq And Afghanistan Wars, General Dempsey Warns

McClatchy | Nancy a Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Army's ability to train its forces is "increasingly at risk" because of the nation's protracted commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan,...

US Soldiers Shoot Bomber, Grenade Explodes In His Hands (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. soldiers surrounded and shot dead a would-be bomber in what looks to be Iraq, in this stark video posted on LiveLeak. The man has a grenade and ...

Mullen Finds No Resistance Among Soldiers To Gays Serving Openly In The Military

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AMMAN, Jordan -- Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nearing the end of a 25-minute question and answer session w...


Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

We cannot get away from the romanticism of war -- indeed, we romanticize it every day, even as we curse the notion. And this war is epic, to be sure. Think back to the first act in this play.

Operation Moshtarak: NATO Launches Major Afghan Offensive

Reuters | Golnar Motevalli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S.-led NATO troops launched a crucial offensive on Saturday against the Taliban's last big stronghold in Afghanistan...

John P. Murtha, Man in the Arena

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Max Cleland coined the slogan: "We got your back, Jack" and the constituents demonstrated they did indeed.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Plan Coming From Pentagon Next Week

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will unveil steps next week that the military will take to lay the ground for a repeal of its "don't ask, don't te...

Crusades, Afghanistan, and the Unnecessary Risk to Our Troops

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doon Baqi

Whatever our reasons are for being there, the Muslim natives see Americans as Crusaders who are there to convert them to Christianity and make them stray from their own faith and belief.

Levin: Obama To Discuss Don't Ask, Don't Tell During State Of The Union Speech

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to talk about the "Don't ask, don't tell" rule that bars openly gay Americans from serving i...

Give Back to Those who Give

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Simon Sinek

There is an intensity of seeing young soldiers on stretchers being stacked on racks in the belly of what looks like a flying warehouse. What I didn't expect was how valuable simply saying thank you was.

Glock Around The Clock... Twitter, Guns and Gambling Tarnish US Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.

Mullen Expects Casualties To Rise In Afghanistan

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The nation's highest-ranking military officer told soldiers and Marines on Monday that the insurgency in Afghanistan has grown ...

A Letter to the President

Ron Kovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Kovic

Many of us who served in Vietnam promised ourselves long ago that we would never again allow what happened to us in that war to ever happen again. We have an obligation to protest. To speak out.

The Explosion of the Afghan Insurgency: Utterly Predictable, Yet Hotly Debated

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Derrick Crowe

Recently leaked intelligence assessments reportedly show that Al-Qaida and the jihadist Taliban groups account for only 10 percent of the insurgents in Afghanistan.

Army Record Suicide Rate Continues, and Will Continue for Some Time

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The Army reported that suicides are yet again at an all time high. This isn't to say every soldier deployed frequently and for long periods will kill him or herself. But there's a "significant link" for many of those who do.

Dan Marino Hoping To Make Feature Film Of Marine's Life

Fanhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Football forever altered the course of Brian Stokes' life, but not until after he had served two tours in Iraq as a Marine. His military experience...

Commander in Chief: Yes He Is

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lorelei Kelly

Obama and his team (and an increasing number of voices on Capitol Hill) know that, in today's world, security problems are beyond the purview of the military acting alone.