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Blackout: Military Personnel Banned From H1N1 Vaccine Sites

Allen McDuffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen McDuffee

If you want to draw attention to a problem, try hiding it. That's the strategy of several military bases when it comes to the H1N1 vaccine.

An Afghan Nobody Faces Trial by Military Commission

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Tthe decision to charge Obaidullah is particularly dispiriting, as he is so clearly a peripheral character of such insignificance that putting him up for a war crimes trial risks ridicule.

Bush Propaganda Program: Pentagon Officials Won't Confirm Its Termination

Raw Story | Brad Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The covert Bush administration program that used retired military analysts to generate favorable wartime news coverage may not have been terminated, R...

Some Contractors In Afghanistan Allegedly Paying Protection Money To Taliban

Politics Daily | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Some international contractors, hired by the United States to build roads and other large construction projects in Afghanistan, are paying Taliban ins...

President Obama Likely to Announce Afghan Decision Between Nov. 7 and 11

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sources tell ABC News that as of now President Obama will likely announce his decision about a new strategy in Afghanistan at some point between the A...

More Troops, More Rotations, More PTSD: Will Positive Psychology Save Our Soldiers?

Belleruth Naparstek | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Belleruth Naparstek

Positive psychology may be worthwhile for corporate team building and personal growth, but does it have the mojo to counter the profound despair and disorientation that comes from the horrors of combat?

Friday Talking Points [99] -- Misdirection

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The real head-scratcher for serious media-watchers right now is what the "war" between the White House and Fox News was meant to distract us from this week. The "war" itself is laughable, for a number of reasons.

Cashing in the War Dividend: The Joys of Perpetual War

Jo Comerford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jo Comerford

The tired peace dividend tug boat left the harbor two decades ago, dragging with it laughable hopes for universal health care and decent public education. Now, the mighty USS War Dividend is preparing to set sail.

Promises Unkept: Obama Administration and a Unified Security Budget

Tamar Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

While the president has made some strides toward curbing waste, fraud and abuse in Pentagon contracting, he has yet to change the crucial balance between military and non-military security spending.

US Pays $400 Per Gallon For Gas In Afghanistan: Pentagon

The Hill | Roxana Tiron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon pays an average of $400 to put a gallon of fuel into a combat vehicle or aircraft in Afghanistan. The statistic is likely to play into t...

Colin Powell To Obama On Afghanistan Troop Decision: "Take Your Time"

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with Roland Martin on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell reveale...

Is The U.S. Preparing To Bomb Iran?

ABC News | Jonathan Karl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is the U.S. stepping up preparations for a possible attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? The Pentagon is always making plans, but based on a little-n...

Obama Leaning Toward 34,000 More Troops For Afghanistan

McClatchy | Jonathan S. Landay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama is nearing a decision to send more than 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan next year, but he may not announce it unti...

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 ...

Last Plan for Afghanistan

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stewart Nusbaumer

Plan Z is one of those rare strategies that is hatched not from the mind of confused strategic thinkers by from the womb of Americana. What is Plan Z? Buy the bad guys.

A Tale of Two Pigs

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

The Pentagon has a time honored tradition of assigning PR nicknames to its aircrafts. The moniker of Lockheed's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is "Lightning II," named after its glitzy but unsuccessful WWII fighter.

Obama Should Tear Up Matthew Hoh's Afghan War Resignation Letter

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Matthew Hoh told Obama exactly what he needs to hear about Afghanistan: that the war is a failed, flawed, no-win war. That it's a sinkhole for billions of tax dollars and a death trap for US troops.

Robert Gates Says Afghan Drawdown Timing Is Definite, Yet Flexible

nytimes.com | DAVID STOUT and BRIAN KNOWLTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Officials from the Obama administration and the Pentagon tried on Thursday to reassure worried senators, telling them that plans to begi...

Raw Story: Bush Pentagon Used Psychological Operation On US Public

The Raw Story | Brad Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A months-long review of documents and interviews with Pentagon personnel has revealed that the Bush Administration's military analyst program -- aimed...

Phil Carter Resigns: Key Pentagon Appointee Worked On Gitmo Detainee Issues

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Phillip Carter, the top detainee affairs policy appointee at the Pentagon, has quit his post after just seven months on the job, a Defense Department ...

The Big Dollar Bustout ... Is Too Big To Fail Still an Option?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Ehrmann

With efforts to rebrand America's national identity in the electronic media falling flat like a bad online date, taking away the dollar's too big to fail status might be the better wake up call.

High Cost Of War Weighs On Obama's Troop Decision For Afghanistan

New York Times | CHRISTOPHER DREW | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

While President Obama's decision about sending more troops to Afghanistan is primarily a military one, it also has substantial budget implications tha...

Afghan War Costs US $3.6 Billion Per Month: Data

The Hill | Roxana Tiron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States spends about $3.6 billion a month in Afghanistan, according to data provided by the Congressional Research Service....

Obama Has Decided To Send Almost 40,000 Troops To Afghanistan: CBS News

CBS News | Font Size Print E | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama has settled on a new strategy for Afghanistan. CBS News correspondent David Martin reports that the president will send a lot more tro...

Huge Deficits May Hamper America's Ability to Wage Pointless Wars, Pentagon Fears

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

The Pentagon is especially worried that, given the new budget constraints, the United States may no longer be able to engage in "open-ended quagmires with no end in sight."