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Don't Call It a "Defense" Budget

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The new budget from the White House will push U.S. military spending well above $2 billion a day. Foreclosing the future of our country should not be confused with defending it.

Blackwater Continues To Win Contracts Under New Identities

ABC News | Matthew Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After Blackwater contractors were accused of shooting 17 civilians in Iraq, the State Department announced it would stop doing business with the compa...

Pentagon To Study Ban On Gays In The Military

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — It's time to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and allow gay troops to serve openly for the first time in histor...

The December Project: One Million Voices to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

David Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Kaufman

In order for DADT to become law, it must be passed by Congress -- and this is where you come in. Most Americans want DADT repealed -- we just need to make sure our elected officials understand this.

Seven Days in January: How the Pentagon Counts Coups in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the last two decades our fantasies about a military plot to take over the government is entertainingly outré exactly because, in the Washington of 2010, such a thought is ludicrous. It's already happened.

Pentagon Starts Clock On Lifting Gay Ban, Warns It Will Be Several-Year Process

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department starts the clock next week on what is expected to be a several-year process in lifting its ban on gays from ...

The New Pentagon Budget: Paying More, Getting Less

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

The new spending level for the Pentagon this year reinforces the budgetary policy's continuity. At $708 billion, we will witness yet another year of "real growth:" a trajectory we have been on since 1999.

Friday Talking Points [109] -- Obama Enters Lions' Den, Bells Cat

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama followed up Wednesday night's speech with a town hall meeting in Florida, and then a truly stunning performance today, managing to "bell the cat" in the Republican lion's den.

'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...

"Patriotism" "Machoism," and Profit: Obama the War President

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Myriam Miedzian

Now embraced by Obama, our long-standing tradition of viewing support for war as patriotic and opposition as unpatriotic plays right into the hands of the people who stand to make money from those wars.

Our Wars Are Killing Us

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The U.S. evidently isn't about to leave Afghanistan any time soon and the president seems to have set his watch to the Pentagon's clock.

Obama: Gays Have Right To Serve In Military

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Reaching out to a skeptical gay community, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to repeal the ban on gays and lesbian...

Meet Your New Boss, You!

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

In today's weak economy, to focus on Job Creation is to be fearless. When you focus on the unique skills and talents you have that can be of service to others you can become free of fear.

From Narcocracy to Democracy... Can a Marshall Plan Contain Haiti's Global Drug Trade?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

The IMF has proposed a plan that might help Haiti build a new foundation for nation building. But if this plan is to succeed it will need to contain the global drug trade that dominates Haiti's economy.

Brown Victory Doesn't Change the Powerful Support for Clean Energy and Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Senator Brown's victory has shuffled the deck on some issues, but it won't derail the bipartisan push for clean energy and climate legislation that will make our economy stronger and our country more secure.

Gates In Pakistan: Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he was deeply impressed with Pakistan's military offensive against militants within ...

Matthew Hoh Resigns: State Department Official Quits Over Afghan War

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban strongho...

Happy Birthday, AFRICOM!

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Palmer

Unbeknown to most Americans, the Departments of Defense and State maintain a wide web of military programs across Africa. Collectively, they fall under the jurisdiction of AFRICOM.

Pentagon Orders 16,000 Troops To Start Afghanistan Surge

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The first wave of President Barack Obama's new Afghanistan surge will add about 16,000 U.S. troops who got their orders over the pa...

McChrystal Troop Plan Gains Backing

Wall Street Journal | PETER SPIEGEL and YOCHI DREAZEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Obama administration is moving toward a hybrid strategy in Afghanistan that would combine elements of both the troop-heavy approach sought by its ...

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?

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.

Guantanamo Accountability

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Common Cause recently sponsored a compelling session at the National Press Club on prisoner abuse, military commissions trying detainees, and who is responsible for torturous interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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 ...

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...