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A Mad Lib Foreign Policy in the Greater Middle East

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes I imagine the last 14 years of American war policy in the Greater Middle East as a set of dismal Mad Libs. An example might be: The United States has spent [your choice of multiple billions of dollars] building up [fill in name of Greater Middle Eastern country]'s army.

U.S. Serviceman Killed In Hostage Rescue Mission In Iraq

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.22.2015 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Believing that Islamic State captives held on a compound in northern Iraq faced "imminent mass execution," dozens of U.S. spe...

Witnesses' Recollection Of Kunduz Hospital Attack Contradicts Official Statements

The Guardian | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Doctors at the Kunduz hospital were meant to be catching up on their sleep in an underground bunker, but after five days of raging battles the wards ...

Small Business D.R.E.A.M.S.

Leigh Searl | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Leigh Searl

The strength of our nation lies with local economies and local economies thrive on the success of small businesses. When those businesses fail, the surrounding economy fails.

Cruising the Skies of the Greater Middle East Blasting Away at Civilians

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To this day, it remains difficult to take in the degree to which the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq destabilized the Greater Middle East. Those two invasions also loosed another deeply destabilizing phenomenon: 24/7 counterinsurgency from the air.

The Secret to Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

This year's Nobel Peace Prize went to Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet. Seeing the prize go to an organization that actually seems to have kept the peace is cheering news in a month that witnessed the military of one former Nobel laureate destroying a hospital run by another winner.

Prevention vs. Cure: A New Military Mission and a New Model for Veteran Success

Joel Peterson | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Post 9/11 veterans commit suicide more, are homeless more, and are jobless more than their civilian counterparts. Underscoring these bleak outcomes, top policy makers have noted that the "evidence appears to be that [serving in the military] is not an advantage."

The Drone Papers: Secret Documents Detail The U.S. Assassination Program

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics

The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military’s assassination program in Afghanistan...

U.S. Sends Troops To Fight Boko Haram In Cameroon

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, Oct 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday informed Congress he is sending about 300 U.S. military personnel to...

Army Secretary Considers Drafting Women For Service

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

If the U.S. military prioritizes "true and pure equality," women might eventually have to register for the draft. So said Army Secreta...

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

The Moral Rabbit Hole

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan -- 14 years on -- are under orders to be "culturally sensitive" regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children.

Military Backs Keeping U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghan...

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

Nick Turse | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

America's most elite troops -- Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, among others -- and odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don't hit water, they've been there sometime in 2015.

"Boots on the Ground" -- Easy for you to Say!

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Words matter. Talking about "boots on the ground" distances sitting politicians from the reality of their decisions -- from who is actually wearing those boots. It sounds tough. "I'll put boots on the ground!" presidential candidates often boast, as if this qualifies them to be commander-in-chief.

14 Years After 9/11 - Are We Safer?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Instead of focusing on the root causes of terrorism, we've responded to violence with more violence. Thus, it is long overdue for us to shift from a military-driven counterterrorism strategy to one focused on human development that starves the terrorists of the chaos they thrive on.

Afghan Army Now Ready ... to Lose to the Taliban

Charles Knight | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the Taliban out of Kabul and into the tribal territories of Pakistan.

Not Noticing American Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Is it that a genuine acknowledgement of the existence of a vast network of global garrisons would lead to uncomfortable conclusions about the imperial nature of this country? I'm not sure myself. That they remain largely surrounded by an accepted and acceptable silence, however, continues to be an American reality.

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

David Vine | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics
David Vine

With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe.

September 11: A Time for Reflection

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

On September 11 I will arise remembering those with whom I served, those first responders in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, and the victims of that terrible day in our nation's history. I invite you to do the same.

Afghanistan: The Ring Road May Now Be Paved, But Where Does It Lead?

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Passport applications have increased exponentially and those who are unable to get visas take the long route through Iran, walking across the border into Turkey, and from there paying smugglers to get them to Europe.

Four Responses to Military Failure in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In an era when there has been failure aplenty for the U.S. military, disappointing results have become the new norm across the Greater Middle East and Africa, which undoubtedly breeds frustration in Washington.

Problem Partners, Ugly Outcomes

Nick Turse | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Since 9/11, Africa has increasingly been viewed by the Pentagon as a place of problems to be remedied by military means. And year after year, as terror groups have multiplied, proxies have foundered, and allies have disappointed, the U.S. has doubled down again and again.

The Power of Conscience: The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.10.2015 | Health News
Beverly Bell

It is the same love for humanity and desire to serve that causes soldiers to experience deep trauma once their conscience processes the results of what they've done, the deaths and the pain they've been a part of. Military training dulls the conscience, but not forever.

Why Hoopla Is Unlikely for the 50th of SEALAB II

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.