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Bloomberg 3? NYC Veterans 0

Luis Carlos Montalván | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Luis Carlos Montalván

Ask any veteran and he or she will tell you that over the past several years New York City's Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs has done little or nothing to assist the hundreds of thousands of veterans in the city.

Don't Go There, Mr. President!

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

President Obama should maintain a deterrent posture while immediately accelerating diplomacy to meet legitimate Muslim goals, from a Palestinian state to genuine progress on Kashmir.

On Sixth Anniversary of War: Suicides Skyrocketing

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

In the Army alone, 18 troops committed suicide in February -- down six from January's high, but still above what they expected. Top brass in the military continue to be evasive about the problem.

No Glory in War

Aaron Huey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron Huey

2009-03-10-drapepull.png War is death. I think we need to be reminded as much as possible that real people are in those flag-draped boxes.

What Obama's Iraq Speech Means for American Foreign Policy

Ilan Goldenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilan Goldenberg

It's not all about Iraq. It is about America's interests around the globe and the costs and benefits of pursuing different strategies.

Democrats Should Support Obama's Troop Plan

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob Heilbrunn

If Iraq remains or becomes even more stable in 2010, then Obama will almost surely draw down troops even more quickly than he's currently announcing.

On the Right Path, Finally, in Iraq

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Soltz

If President Obama does continue to draw down, we will be more secure, and our military will now have a chance to repair the damage done to it by the previous administration.

Ciudad Juarez Gets Up To 5,000 More Troops To Control Violence

Los Angeles Times | Ken Ellingwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Mexico City -- Amid growing alarm over drug violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Mexican government will deploy as many as 5,000 more...

Obama Bringing Troops Home: Are We Ready to Welcome Them?

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Whether it is 16 months or 19 months or 23 months, whether the residual force is 10,000 or 50,000 troops, the president's new plan will create a surge of new veterans coming home in 2009 and 2010. We need to be ready.

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later? Say It Ain't So, Mr. President

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

We hope that this early display of shoot first, ask questions later will be an anomaly for the new administration.

To Fix Afghanistan, Obama Should Talk to the European Masses

Jim Arkedis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Arkedis

By decreasing public opposition to sending more troops, Obama would give local leaders enough political breathing room to do just that.

Leukemia: A Soldiers Souvenir From the Burn Pits of Iraq

R. B. Stuart | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
R. B. Stuart

Although SSG. Steven Ochs seemed impenetrable, he could not sidestep the invisible weapon that would course through his bloodstream five months after his third tour ended.

Five Myths About the Afghanistan Escalation

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

If we're going to win back the Afghans' support, then we need to show them that we can protect them from the Taliban -- something that will clearly take more troops -- both U.S. and Afghan.

Obama Addresses The Troops At Commander In Chief Ball (VIDEO)

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama stopped by the Commander In Chief Ball this evening, which was thrown for military service personnel. After he finished his speech h...

President Obama: Make Veterans a Priority in the First 100 Days

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

As President Obama takes the oath of office, we want to make sure that he does not forget his promises of support for our military families and veterans.

We Can't Afford to Sink Deeper into the Afghan Quagmire

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

With this gross misallocation of resources, combined with the dramatic rise in civilian deaths, it's no wonder the US has become so deeply unpopular in Afghanistan and throughout the world.

Were Troops Poisoned? Vets Demand KBR Come Clean on Toxins in Iraq

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

From burn pits to power plants, we are hearing more and more about troops who have been exposed to toxins while serving our country overseas.

One Christmas Later: Sgt. Neesley, Iraq -- and Saving the Dogs Of War

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Last year on Christmas Eve, I wrote about Sgt. Peter Neesley, who hailed from Michigan, after he was found dead in his bed in Iraq in an unexplained incident.

A Close Look At The Iraq Status Of Forces Agreement [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

What I found is that the Iraqis got almost everything they had pushed for, and the Bush administration got almost nothing of what they wanted.

Shinseki for VA Secretary: A Bold Choice

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Shinseki has always put patriotism ahead of politics, and is held in high regard by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Happy Holidays: Military Divorce Numbers On the Rise

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Our troops are missing Christmases, birthdays, and wedding anniversaries -- often back to back. The marathon deployment cycle is adding greater stress to already strained families.

U.S. Considering "Surge" Of Over 20,000 Troops For Afghanistan

Reuters | David Morgan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon is considering a plan to send more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months to help safeguard elections and quell ...

Military Lies to Another Mother on Son's Death in Iraq

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

Many U.S. troops are still passing away in "noncombat" ways, via accidents, friendly fire, suicides and so on. And in those cases, parents or spouses, and the media, are still often misled or lied to.

What's Bringing Together 50 Cent, Kid Rock, and Beyoncé? Showing Real Support for the Troops

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

Every time the media ignores the Iraq War in favor of stories about wardrobe malfunctions and who's in rehab this week, I blow a fuse. So why am I talking celebrities?

Cindy McCain's Attack On Obama's Record Offends Military Spouses

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Diane Tucker

"It ruffles our feathers when someone claims that Barack Obama doesn't support the troops, because the Obamas have gone out of their way to understand the military, its families, and its veterans."