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Congress Is Right To Ground The Runaway Blimp

William Hartung | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

When the JLENS air surveillance blimp cut loose from its moorings in Maryland and crashed in central Pennsylvania last fall, it raised serious questions about the future of the $2.7 billion program.

A Mother's Plea To The US Army To Stop G-RAP Persecution of Soldiers

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In May 2016, my family and I sat in a small theater across the street from The University of Tampa. The University of Tampa Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) holds its commissioning ceremony there every year. My daughter stood on the stage looking fit and trim, proud in her dress uniform with a smile that just wouldn't stop. We were all smiling and so very proud.

The Conspiracy Behind the G-RAP War on American Soldiers

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Crime
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In a complicated, twisted tale of alleged corruption and betrayal over budgetary wars, a presumed cover-up simmers at a colossal scale between the Army and the National Guard.

Syrian "Strategery" -- Brought to You By Cooked Intel??

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.17.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

President Obama may have prevailed in his efforts to thwart a Congressional resolution of disapproval against the Iran nuclear agreement, but if a Congressional vote were to occur against his Syria policy he would lose hands down in a total bi-partisan meltdown.

Obama Administration Discovers How to Waste a Half Billion Dollars Training Syrian Rebels Without Even Trying

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

In stunning testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, a Pentagon general informed shocked senators that the $500 million investment from the coffers of American taxpayers has led, thus far, to "4 or 5" Syrian fighters being trained and actually deployed in the fight against ISIS.

The Silent Campaign by the US Government to Brand American Soldiers as Criminals

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

The violence inflicted on US soldiers is not always confined to a remote battlefield in a distant land from armed insurgents. Only recently has it become known that veteran's are dying right here at home as they await medical care from the VA healthcare system that has shamefully demonstrated the wonton disregard of their well-being.

Igor Bobic

Ted Cruz Brushes Off Poor Senate Armed Services Attendance Record | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday brushed off concerns about his spotty attendance at hearings held by the Senate Armed Services Commit...

Jessica Schulberg

Tom Cotton Wants To Punish Countries That Take Guantanamo Prisoners | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Days after touring the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark). introduced legislation that would likely ensure the ...

Ali Watkins

Tom Cotton All Set To Torpedo U.S. Foreign Policy Over Guantanamo | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Though newly minted Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) would ideally like to see the Guantanamo Bay detainees "rot in hell," he views the harsh co...

Anti-Kissinger Protester And Target Of John McCain's Rage Thankful For Tirade

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

In a HuffPost Live interview Friday, Medea Benjamin — co-founder of CODEPINK — said she is thankful for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) angry tirade ...

12 Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report

Dan Froomkin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

The review of CIA interrogation methods during George W. Bush's presidency has been the subject of a contentious back-and-forth, with U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House on one side pushing for mass redactions in the name of national security and committee staffers on the other arguing that the proposed redactions render the report unintelligible.

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.

No Iraqi Training Until Congress Approves the Money

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The sooner Congress passes the Pentagon budget for 2015, or at least another continuing resolution, the sooner the president will receive the money. And in fighting terrorism, sooner is often better than later.

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

Ali Watkins

Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republicans take the reins of the Senate in January, they'll bring a new round of international hawks into the upper chamber. And w...

Michael McAuliff

Senate ISIS Hearing Raises Specter Of Escalating War, Ground Forces | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America's top military officials on Tuesday made the case for President Barack Obama's strategy to target the Islamic State, in a Senate...

Chuck Hagel: ISIS Threat 'Not A West vs. East Issue'

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made clear during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday that the ongoing U.S. involvement in a campaign a...

The Military Battles Climate Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a nod to the fact that the conversation has reached a partisan and polarized level, the Board maintained that this tangible "national security concern" cannot afford to get bogged down by politics or budget wrangling.

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

2013: An Important Year Toward the End of Torture

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

2014 could be a very important year in the effort to ensure that U.S.-sponsored torture never happens again. The number of detainees at Guantanamo could decrease significantly, the Senate Intelligence Committee could release its report on torture, and Congress could begin to create legislation on the basis of this report.

Failure Not an Option?: Sexual Violence and the U.S. Military

Jack Healey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jack Healey

Where is Hilary Clinton in this fight? Where is the National Organization of Women? Equality Now? Amnesty International? Where is the sustained fight for human rights within the military?

Tea Party Favorites

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics

* Gillibrand sees 51 votes for bill * Conservatives back shift away from chain of command By Patricia Zengerle ...

Molly O'Toole

Military Sexual Assault Reform Faces Big Complication | Molly O'Toole | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals continues to plague the military, leaders in the Department of Defense, Congress and...

Let's Put Victims First in Addressing Military Sexual Assault

Rep. Gwen Moore | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Rep. Gwen Moore

It pains me to think of how survivors of military sexual assault must feel as they witness this ongoing debate between Congress and military officials, which will affect their fate on a deeply personal level. We must be asking ourselves how we can support victims of these crimes.

Jason Linkins

Republican Senator Says Sexual Assaults Stem From 'Culture That's Awash In Sexual Activity' | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics

Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on Tuesday attributed incidents of sexual assault in the military to "the hormone level in nature," which is weird, be...