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On July 4th, Avoid the Steele Trap: Separate the War from the Warriors

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

Imagine the impact we could create this 4th of July if we invested the same amount of energy spent snarking at Steele into fighting for the troops, veterans, and military families he slighted.

McChrystal, Sympton not Cause; DoD Healthcare Debacle Continues

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

DoD Photo McChrystal is a symptom and not a cause of the problems within the Department of Defense (DoD). For far too long, the folks at the Pentagon ...

Dan Froomkin

Pentagon's New Contractor Policy Doesn't Scare Defense Industry At All | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon's new contract acquisition policy -- heralded for getting tough on military contractors -- is actually a feeble, token attempt to change ...

Warning to Washington: Hands Off Our Oil Spill

Sandy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sandy Goodman

My solution is simple. Keep Uncle Sam's big, ugly hands off our oil spill. As Reagan once said: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'." Don't let them.

US Military Policy: Not So McChrystal Clear

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Diliberto

In light of the recent firing/resigning of General McChrystal, the U.S. should take up the reconsidering of our unadulterated trust in Generals.

DIAGRAM OF A WAR STRATEGY: The Pentagon's PowerPoint Misses the Big Picture in Afghanistan

Meghan O'Hara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Meghan O'Hara

If you're like one of the fewer and fewer people who read The New York Times each morning, you were greeted yesterday by this image on the front page....

In The Public Interest: Everybody Hates Waste, Right?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Over the last year, serious policy debates have been subject to showdowns and shouting matches. Posturing and partisanship. Scrapping bills and taking...

Speaker Pelosi, More War Funding Next Week Is No "Emergency"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The administration hopes to dodge questions about the war supplemental urgently being asked by Democratic leaders in the House by claiming that more funds are an exigent, "emergency" need. They're not.

UPDATED: Twittering in Pashto: A New U.S. Military Communications Strategy in Afghanistan?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rahim Kanani

Who exactly is the intended audience of the U.S. military's tweeting efforts in Afghanistan? They're all in English.

Memo to Obama: Dismiss McChrystal II

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

In order to maintain the chain of command over the armed services as well as within your administration, it would be foolish to retain the services of General Stanley McChrystal.

McChrystal Method - Script Coverage

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

A character like Stanley McChrystal cannot afford to show vulnerability to his enemies, and by enemies I mean anyone who would prevent The 40,000 from going into production with him as its star.

Diversion of Wounded From Walter Reed to Less Capable Hospitals Ordered

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The Department of Defense (DoD) is denying our troops the best medical treatment. "From: Perry, Cyndi I Ms CIV USA MEDCOM HQ Sent: Thursday, April 0...

Obama Administration Explores New 'Fast Strike' Missiles

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In coming years, President Obama will decide whether to deploy a new class of weapons capable of reaching any corner of the earth from t...

MRFF Demands that Pentagon Disinvite Franklin Graham from NDP Event

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

The Pentagon Chaplains Office has clearly turned the Pentagon's event into an official National Day of Prayer Task Force event. No other interpretation is reasonable, rational, or possible.

Begging for Security in Pakistan

Taha Gaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taha Gaya

As Albert Einstein famously remarked, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Last week, the UN humanita...

Japan Has 'Priority' On Rights To Mine Afghanistan Mineral Deposits, Says Hamid Karzai

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said this week that Japan -- not the U.S. -- takes priority over other nations when it comes to mining his country's vas...

DynCorp Audit Finds Poor Controls On Millions Of Dollars In Afghan Police Program

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Christine Spolar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The private contractor that trains the Afghan police force, a U.S. military program long criticized for wasting money, has failed to document millions...

Afghan Mineral 'Discovery' Is Fodder for Conspiracy Theories

Ahmad Shuja | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmad Shuja

Afghan explanations about the woeful state of the war effort in their country contrast sharply from what emanates from the White House or DC-based think tanks.

Does the $1 Trillion Key to Winning the Afghan War Lie Under the Sand?

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

A small group of Pentagon and USAID officials and American geologists may have found the biggest single solution to permanently transforming Afghanistan's economy and winning the struggle against Taliban.

Afghanistan: We Can't Win on the Cheap, but We Can't Afford to Lose

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reese Schonfeld

Looking at the cost in lives and dollars in Afghanistan, I'd like to ask how many lives, how much money, and how long will it take us to reach our goal.

Afghan Police Training Delayed: DynCorp Contract Extended As Pentagon Plans For Re-Bid

Huffington Post Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Christine SpolarHuffington Post Investigative Fund A troubled multi-billion contract that has failed to create a reliable national police force in...

Arlington's Gravegate Scandal Could Have Been Prevented

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

What a depressing testimony to the entrenched incompetence at the federal level. What an insult to the heroes who are buried and honored at Arlington.

Contractor Deaths Surge In Afghanistan As They Outnumber US Soldiers

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A recent Congressional Research Service analysis obtained by ProPublica looked at the number of civilian contractors killed in Afghanistan in recent m...

Army Sued For Refusing to Release Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Wednesday, April 14, the American Small Business League (ASBL) filed suit against the U.S. Department of the Army under the Freedom of Information ...

U.S. Doubles Anti-Taliban Special Forces In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon has increased its use of the military's most elite special operations teams in Afghanistan, more than doubling the number of the highly t...