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How We Talk About Death

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elissa Stein

We hide behind words because the reality can be too painful. We try to soften the edges with euphemisms or oblique references. I will never say "pull the plug" again.

President Obama's Afghanistan Speech a True Capitulation

Charles Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Butler

The Obama administration has to stop campaigning to get down to governing. All of the campaign-like speeches are becoming quite transparent to the American people and foreigners alike.

The War Of Yoga: Bringing Our Troops To The Mat!

Sadie Nardini | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sadie Nardini

When it comes to their own, bliss-filled circles, many yogis feel right at home. Bring a foreign element to the door however, and you'll see that often, this sanctuary is then revealed as the dogma-house it really is.

Cell Phones For Soldiers Keeps Families Connected

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Brittany and Robbie Berquist were just pre-teens in 2005, they read about an Army reservist who faced a $7,600 bill for making calls home from Ir...

Rep. Eric Massa VIDEO: War In Afghanistan Must End

Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

2,950. That's the number that echoes throughout Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) five minute speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, as he fer...

Kristof: More Troops Are A Bad Bet

Kristof | Nicholas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The United States was born of our ancestors' nationalistic resentment of a foreign power whose troops we saw as occupiers, not protectors. The British...

Classified McChrystal Report: 500,000 Troops Will Be Required Over Five Years in Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Andrews

There are perhaps only two people in America who think that the current level of commitment is sustainable by the United States and its allies, and they left office last January.

The Forgotten War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No so very long ago, Afghanistan was known as "the forgotten war." But these days, Afghanistan is hard to miss in the headlines. Obama needs to begin talking about our newly-forgotten war: Iraq.

Jeff Muskus

Hoyer: McChrystal Should Testify Soon | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the wake of his leaked report warning of possible failure in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal should testify before Congress sooner rather than...

Iraq Troops' PTSD Rate As High As 35 Percent | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The Veterans' Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers antici...

Conservatives Back Obama On Afghanistan

Politico | Ben Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Prominent conservative foreign policy thinkers and activists who backed the Iraq war are circulating a letter to President Obama supporting his engage...

Afghanistan Could Ruin Everything--Soon!

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

What are they going to do about Afghanistan? And how much time do they have left to do it? I figure a month.

U.S. To Boost Combat Force In Afghanistan With 14,000 Troops

Los Angeles Times | Julian E. Barnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Reporting from Washington - U.S. officials are planning to add as many as 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home su...

Why We Are in Afghanistan

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

At some point that I missed, the New York Times shifted its daily count of the American dead in Iraq to a count of our dead in Afghanistan, now heading toward 800.

GAO: VA Failing to Serve Women Warriors

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

This week, the Government Accountability Office released a stunning new report detailing significant barriers that many female veterans face in accessing health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder At High Risk Of Developing Dementia

USA Today | Mary Brophy Marcus, | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a significantly higher risk of developing dementia compared with veterans who don't...

Biden Sends Right Message on Iraq

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Soltz

It's time to start putting pressure on the Iraqi government to settle their internal differences, and make clear that we're no longer going to be their crutch. This weekend, Biden did just that.

Celebration, Fear and Loathing on National Sovereignty Day

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Andrews

Don't be surprised if the spike in violence that came in advance of Iraqi Day of National Sovereignty continues. And don't be surprised if here at home, the right-wing goes on the attack with its favorite weapon, fear.

The Beginning of the End of the Iraq War?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

If our soldiers are out of Iraqi cities, and the Iraqi security forces start shouldering more and more responsibility as a result, do we really need all 130,000 troops sitting in their bases?

Iraq Withdrawal Is Mostly Done One Day Ahead Of Schedule | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pentagon and military officials report that the withdrawal of most U.S. military forces from Iraq's major cities has been completed a day ahead of tom...

Glass Half Full: House Democratic Caucus Backs McGovern Afghanistan Exit Amendment

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

For those concerned the U.S. is becoming mired in a military quagmire in Afghanistan there was good news and bad news on the House floor this afternoon.

How to Help Afghans When Congress Approves $100 Billion More in War

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

The increased presence of US forces in Afghanistan is the single greatest reason for the Taliban insurgency. And the more they surge, the more Congress will fund more war.

Why the War Supplemental Should Be Defeated (Video)

Nathan Havey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nathan Havey

We need to stay engaged in Afghanistan, but we need a radically different strategy that emphasizes quality of life for the Afghan people, regional diplomacy, and for God's sake, a reduction of boots on the ground.

Jason Linkins

Michael Ware, Marc Thiessen Debate Whether Cairo Speech "Undercut" U.S. Troops (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Via, Crooks And Liars. Last week, Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen and CNN war correspondent Michael Ware "debated" whether or not President Barack Oba...

The Abu Ghraib Photos Surface -- Slowly but Surely

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

These photographs can't and won't be kept secret. The British press has become one of the most effective back doors to the American media.