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US Military Suicides Rise, Despite Prevention Efforts

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have etched indelible scars on the psyches of many of the nation's servicemen and women, and ...

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...

Military Journal Endorses Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

New York Times | ELISABETH BUMILLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- In an unusual show of support for allowing gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the armed forces, an official military journal articl...

The Ghosts of Vietnam Haunt Washington

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Margolis

The American general Stanley McChrystal's news that America risks losing Afghanistan is a bombshell. Washington has spent some $250 billion there since 2001.

Gen. McChrystal's Assessment Ignores COIN Doctrine, Reality

Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Derrick Crowe

If the president was looking for a signal that the situation had progressed to a stage in which the military could not offer a credible plan to deal with it, this is it.

UK's Prime Minister Gordon Brown Agrees with Admiral Mike Mullen on "Redrawing Afghan Battle Space"

Rani Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rani Singh

The Huffington Post asked the British Prime Minister for clarification on his stance on Afghanistan.

Mullen "Infuriated ... Appalled" By Suppressed Detainee Abuse Photos

CNN | Mike Mount | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Images of detainee abuse at the hands of U.S. troops, which President Obama has barred from public view, so "infuriated" the nation's highest-ranking ...

But Am I Safer, Mr. Secretary?

Kerry Eleveld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Eleveld

With all due respect, Mr. Secretary, the next time you're mulling the ouster of gay service members, skip the paternalism and just tell us whether we're safer.

The Extreme Dangers of Obama's Pakistan Gambit

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
ZP Heller

How can the Pakistani government root out militants in the country's lawless tribal areas when our military's actions are contributing to more extremism and anti-American sentiment?

Admiral Mike Mullen Joins Twitter

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Admiral Mike Mullen, the highest ranking military officer in the U.S. Armed Forces, has joined Twitter at thejointstaff. His boss, President Obama, ha...

Pakistan Rejects US Proposal For Joint Operation In Tribal Areas | Iftikhar A. Khan & Baqir Sajjad Syed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pakistan rejected on Tuesday a US proposal for joint operations in the tribal areas against terrorism and militancy, as differences of opinion between...

Sam Stein

White House Pushes Back On Budget Attack By Citing George H.W. Bush | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House is pushing back against criticism that its cooking the books on its budget by overestimating the costs of drawing down the war in Iraq...

Generals Seek To Reverse Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Decision

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) - CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama...

The Letter to Iran

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Real News

How long will Obama's self-declared mutual understanding between the U.S. and the Muslim world last? Political commentator Pepe Escobar discusses the possibilities.

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.

Obama's Military Blind Spot?

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Obama would be wise to read up on Eisenhower, on Nixon, on Edmund Burke and others -- and realize that military answers to problems are leading the US to greater calamity, global irrelevance, and impotence.

Intel Goes Down the Memory Hole Again

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Harry Shearer

It's no surprise this latest NIE has fallen down the administration's memory hole, but what excuse do those in the media have for sipping the amnesia juice?

Military Chief Warns Troops: Stay Out Of Politics

New York Times | Thom Shanker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has written an unusual open letter to all those in uniform, warning them to stay out of politics as the nati...