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War To The Horizon (And Nary A Word About It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you'll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we're at war.

Why Is It So Hard To Reduce The Pentagon Budget?

William Hartung | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

What accounts for the Department of Defense's ability to keep a stranglehold on your tax dollars year after endless year?

Don't Pretend Like Racism Doesn't Exist In The Military

Angel Rodriguez | Posted 10.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Angel Rodriguez

It is my impression that some people believe that when you put on a military uniform, that you stop being black, that you stop being latino, that you ...

U.S. Detects Failed North Korean Missile Test: Pentagon

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 10.17.2016 | World

The U.S. military detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile, the Pentagon said on Saturday. The test-firing was ...

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives Or Saudi Blood Money?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi's western backers, particularly the US and UK, who have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons.

War To The Horizon, It's The American Way

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's the timing that should amaze us (were anyone to think about it for 30 seconds). Let's start with the conflict in Afghanistan, now regularly described as the longest war in American history.

U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record

Nick Turse | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

An American century of carnage and combat has yielded many lessons learned, but not, it seems, the most important one when it comes to military conflict.

Why China and Saudi Arabia Are Building Bases in Djibouti

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.26.2016 | World
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Joseph Braude

China and Saudi Arabia are building military bases next door to US AFRICOM in Djibouti--and bringing the consequences of American withdrawal from the ...

Keeping Track Of U.S. Special Ops In Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

America's most elite forces in Africa operate in what Bolduc calls "the gray zone, between traditional war and peace." In layman's terms, its missions are expanding in the shadows on a continent the United States sees as increasingly insecure, unstable, and riven by terror groups.

The Russian Bear Is Rising

Hasnet Lais | Posted 09.02.2016 | Politics
Hasnet Lais

Since the Second World War, we've all grown up on a steady diet of cultural, economic and political pax-Americana, but the balance of power is rapidly shifting. One thing which should make the West stand up and take notice is the military hardware at Putin's disposal.

Erdogan's Waterloo: Turkey Invades And Occupies Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 08.29.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

President Barack Obama is wary of the pottery barn rule: "You break it, you own it." Supporting Turkey's invasion and occupation of Syria would be a strategic mistake, making the United States a protagonist in Syria's civil war.

Would The Military Obey Commander In Chief Trump? Probably.

The Huffington Post | David Wood | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics

Donald J. Trump is causing some high anxiety inside the military. He has suggested carpet-bombing Syrian cities, assassinating the families of Islamic...

The Burden Of More Than 150 Years Of Warfare

Nick Turse | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

America has been committed to supporting the veterans of its wars since long before it had "United States of" in front of it. According to VA projections, 13,000 World War II veterans will be receiving benefits as late as 2034.

Making America Pain-Free For Plutocrats And Big Pharma, But Not Vets

Ann Jones | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Ann Jones

A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, "Thank you for your service," replied: "I didn't serve, I was used." In fact, there are many ways today's veterans are used, conned, and exploited by big gamers right here at home.

Supporting Veterans Shouldn't Only Happen During Holidays

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, I do some work to support orgs helping out service members, veterans, and their families. I figure it's the least I can do to give back. We rec...

Retirement Syndrome And The National Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

How, I've often wondered, can people who have spent their lives working in an institution, particularly in the military or some other part of the national security state, retire and suddenly see that same institution in a different and far more negative light?

Military Dissent Is Not An Oxymoron

William J. Astore | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

Having spent trillions of dollars on war with such sorry results, it's a wonder that key figures in the U.S. military or officials in any other part of America's colossal national security state and the military-industrial complex haven't spoken out forcefully and critically.

The United States Military: Future Challenges And Opportunities

Tania Bradkin | Posted 08.10.2016 | Impact
Tania Bradkin

As military spending comprises the majority of the United States budget and there are correlations between politics, history, war, the economy, econom...

How Billions Of Words, Tweets, Insults, And Polls Blot Out Reality In Campaign 2016

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The spectacle of this moment is so overwhelming, dominating every screen and focused on just two outsized individuals in a country of 300 million on a planet of billions, that it blocks our view of reality. Whatever this "election" may be, it blots out much of the rest of the world.

Eric and Donald Trump Jr. Are Cowards Just Like Their Daddy -- From A Military Family Member

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 08.03.2016 | Politics
Michelle Manning Barish

There are many reasons why Donald Trump should keep his mouth shut, and cower in the shadows where he and his family belong after making disparaging remarks about the Khan family earlier this week. However, here are the two biggest ones.

How Would Donald Trump Or Hillary Clinton Impact Military Morale?

Bruce Fein | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

In serving as Commander in Chief, the President's character, actions, and words are pivotal to military morale and victory. Donald Trump would be no Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. But what about Clinton?

State Of Failure

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Someday, someone will write a history of the U.S. national security state in the twenty-first century and, if the first decade and a half are any yardstick, it will be called something like State of Failure.

Breaking The Camouflage Wall Of Silence

Nick Turse | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

It's rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire conflicts since 9/11, the top brass rarely criticize each other.

You Have To Close Your Eyes To See The Military's Powerful New Weapon

The Huffington Post | Sarah Digiulio | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics

On a March evening in 2002, the USS Oscar Austin began a nighttime transit through the Skagerrak, a busy shipping lane connecting Norway, Denmark and ...

An Open Letter To The Military and Police Who Support Donald Trump

Andy Ostroy | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

I first want to thank you for your patriotism, heroism and your brave service to America. You do what few others won't, which is to put your own lives on the line to protect ours. You place yourselves at grave risk every single day abroad, nationally and locally. For that we are forever grateful and in your debt.