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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.

Afghanistan: Marines Rough It In Helmand Province

newsobserver.com | By CHUCK LIDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Helmand Province, Afghanistan -- It's not even officially winter here at FOB Hassanabad, yet temperatures routinely fall below freezing at night....

Marines Take Risks With Deadly Trust-Building Game

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

RALEIGH, N.C. — Lance Cpl. Patrick Malone was relaxing on his bunk at an Iraqi combat base when a direct superior interrupted his late-night mov...

Marines Walk Into Insurgent 'Trap' In Afghanistan; 4 Die

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Four U.S. Marines died Tuesday when they walked into a well-laid ambush by insurgents in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province. ...

George Will Debates NeoCons Over Afghanistan War

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Conservative commentator George Will appeared on ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos Sunday Morning and took on NeoConservatives over the cou...

VA Won't Pay Benefits To Marine Whose Injuries Came From Smallpox Vaccine

McClatchy Newspapers | David Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It wasn't a bullet or roadside bomb that felled Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez three years ago after nine days in Iraq. It was an injection into his arm befo...

U.S. Marines Fight With Little Aid From Afghans

nytimes.com | RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KHAN NESHIN, Afghanistan American Marines secured this desolate village in southern Afghanistan nearly two months ago, and last week they were fortify...

Videos Explode Teabaggers' Health Care Myths

The Uptake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Uptake

You may have heard that "Obamacare" will euthanize Grandma and force you to lose your medicare coverage. You may have heard that veterans will lose co...

Twitter Tells Twitterers To Stop Twittering While Tweeting About Twitter

Lee Stranahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Stranahan

The confusingly popular social media site announced that the entire Twitter corporation has banned the use of Twitter by its employees, affiliated companies and entire user base.

Gates and Trucks

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

For once, American manufacturers are producing the best weapons ahead of schedule, and will save lives of men who would die without them.

Burning Up at My Bachelor Party

Chris Kyle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Chris Kyle

For goodness sakes, if my grandfathers could survive World War II, surely I can survive my bachelor party.

Winning the War at Home

Tom Matlack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Matlack

Even though he's no longer in combat, he's still a commander, now in a war to save the auto industry from itself.

Afghan War: Troops Short On Supplies As Offensive On Taliban Continues

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. Marines pushing deeper into Taliban territory in Afghanistan's Helmand River Valley are short of basic equipment and supplies ranging from radios...

2 US Marines Die In Afghanistan Bomb Blasts

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — A bomb blast killed two U.S. Marines in Afghanistan's dangerous south, where thousands of American troops have deployed in a massive ope...

Autistic Marine's Case Raises Questions On Recruiting Practices

LA Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A few days after he arrived at boot camp here, Joshua Fry no longer wanted to be a Marine. He was confused by the orders drill instructors shouted at ...

Younger Military Families Closing Ranks Around Obama

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"Everyone I talk to wants change but on base you can't say certain things. At a bar or a party, everyone tells me they're voting for Obama... My military friends are tired of being lied to."

Obama's Consequential First 4th: NoKo, AfPak, Iraq, Russia, Palin (Palin?!)

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

North Korea was to have been the drama of the day. But it turned into a major fizzle.

The Military Industrial Complex: Truck You, Detroit, or Tanks for Nuttin' Update

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Our military procurement system is a mess. Our automobile industry is a mess. We might have helped both if we had gotten them to agree to build the next generation of military vehicles together.

7,000 US Marines Patrolling Southern Afghan Desert

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — Teams of builders worked through dust storms Monday to expand a base for a brigade of U.S. Marines now fanning o...

Veteran Stigma: "What Does My Country think of Me?"

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

The stigma that veterans face has turned into widespread employment discrimination, precisely at a time when getting a job is especially difficult.

Hipster Joins Marines, Wins Purple Heart In Ultimate Act Of Irony

Emmett Rensin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Emmett Rensin

Though no amount of exercise or food was able to add a pound to Cohen's body, he reported finding boot camp surprisingly easy. Sgt. Marvin DeLores remembers Cohen as "One of the easiest-conditioned guys I've met in years. Hardly took much work at all to shape him up."

The 1%: America Insourcing Sacrifice

Sean Gilfillan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sean Gilfillan

Why is America insourcing sacrifice to 1% of its population when it is deemed necessary to our national security and interests?

The Few and the Proud? A Red-Band Marine Recruiting Video

Dan Mirvish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dan Mirvish

At a time when we are reconsidering every decision made during the Bush/Rumsfeld era, from torture to the invasion of Iraq to the speculation of addin...

Marine's Deaths Focus Pentagon and Civilians on Motorcycle Safety

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charles Karel Bouley

As America retools and rethinks the way we move about, motorcycles have got to be part of the national solution.

FBI Weren't the Only Ones Objecting to Torture in 2002 -- So Did the Army, Marines & Air Force

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

When Donald Rumsfeld approved "enhanced interrogation techniques" for Guantanamo Bay in 2002, there were already serious objections to the use of torture from the military.