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Navy Expands Maternity Leave. Are Dads Next?

Josh Levs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Josh Levs

Obviously, military families make incredible, admirable sacrifices, and many personnel can't be allowed to leave for longer blocks of time. But if the Navy can part with new moms for 18 weeks after a birth, it can part with at least some new dads for more than 10 days total during the child's first year of life.

Turmoil in the Middle East Seems Constant, and U.S. Military Intervention Only Makes It Worse

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

If the United States would tone down its policy in the Middle East and the broader Islamic world, radical Islamists would not go away -- they have always been there -- but they would be far less likely to attack U.S. targets -- as the example of Lebanon indicates.

Disappearing Bases: History Down the Memory Hole in Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In April 2003, with Baghdad occupied by American troops, the top officials of the Bush administration were already dreaming of building bases in Iraq that would be garrisoned more or less in perpetuity. They were sometimes referred to by the Pentagon as "enduring camps."

Betraying the Military (And Democracy) by Loving Indifference

William Astore | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
William Astore

Most Americans lack any clear sense of what the military does; they certainly care less than they should; but what they are willing to do is to "salute" the troops by buying a beer in a red-white-and-blue can or putting a magnetic ribbon on their SUV as an expression of "support."

On Not Noticing America's Empire of Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Really, you didn't hear a peep about all those bases? If you don't get the way this country has garrisoned the planet, if you never notice its empire of bases, there is no way to grasp its imperial nature, which perhaps is the point.

Father's Day and America's Veterans

Richard Taite | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Richard Taite

This Father's Day, if you need substance abuse or mental health assistance, ask for it, especially if you are a veteran. Your family needs you and most likely, they love you.

America's Military Strategy? Persistent Overreach

William Astore | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
William Astore

Ever since 9/11, American presidents and their military advisors have repeatedly committed U.S. troops and prestige to inhospitable regions in terrain that largely neutralizes U.S. advantages in firepower and maneuverability. Despite setback after setback, American presidents and generals persist in trying to control hostile territory.

The United States Must Take the Initiative to Forge Accords in the Middle East

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has an opportunity to change the course of events in the Middle East, if he shows enough determination, boldness, and vision. This way, he could enter history as a bold leader.

What the President Should Say to the Troops

William Astore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
William Astore

We don't need hyperbolic statements that our military is the "finest fighting force" ever, or that our troops are the world's liberators and bringers of freedom. Such words are immoderate and boastful. They're intended to win favor with the troops and with the people back home; they're politically calculated. And in that sense, they're ill-advised and even dishonest -- they're basically nothing more than flattery.

End the War in Guam

Frances Negrón-Muntaner | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Frances Negrón-Muntaner

The success in Cuba begs the question of why the U.S. government still refuses to end World War II on the island of Guam, a U.S. territory for over a century.

Watch What Could Be This Year's Viral Ice Bucket Challenge

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact

You don't need ice or a bucket to take part in the latest charitable challenge gone viral. The only prerequisite is a desire to help families of falle...

The U.S. Military Really Doesn't Want to Talk About What It's Doing in Africa

Bryan Maygers | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Bryan Maygers

Nick Turse's new book of investigative reporting reveals that the U.S. military has been involved in one way or another -- "construction, military exercises, advisory assignments, security cooperation, or training missions" -- with more than 90 percent of Africa's 54 nations, despite military spokespersons insistence that the U.S. maintains only one permanent "base."

The Pentagon Wants To Bomb The Hell Out Of This Tiny Pacific Island

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.13.2015 | Green

This Is Pagan Island Pagan island is a biologically diverse, 10-mile-long island anchored by two volcanoes in the Commonwealth of the Northern ...

The Folly of the Sole Superpower Writ Small

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Think of this as a little imperial folly update -- and here's the backstory. In the years after invading Iraq and disbanding Saddam Hussein's military, the U.S. sunk about $25 billion into "standing up" a new Iraqi army.

Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement.

Mother Of Daughter Killed By Army Father Will Get $2 Million

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 05.27.2015 | Crime

HONOLULU (AP) -- The U.S. government will pay an Atlanta woman $2 million for the Hawaii beating death of her 5-year-old daughter at the hands of a fo...

What Has the U.S. Learned from Its Military History

Robert Hardaway | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

Ever since the American Revolutionary War, a startling statistic has emerged: the U.S. has not lost a single conventional war, but not won even a single guerrilla war. What can be learned from this experience?

Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?

Honoring America's Fallen Soldiers Of Every (And No) Faith

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.24.2015 | Religion

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who have died in service for their country. At Arlington National Cemetery, these fallen soldiers lie side ...

A Day to Remember

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 05.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Barbi Appelquist

This weekend is the official start of summer in the United States. Memorial Day Weekend 2015 sale email blasts fill up my personal email inbox. My twitter feed includes links to avoid lines at the airport and the gas stations as America plans to travel for the long holiday weekend.

Destroying What Remains

Dahr Jamail | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Dahr Jamail

A dozen years after I left my home state and landed in Baghdad to begin life as a journalist and nine years after definitively abandoning Alaska, I find myself back. This time, unfortunately, it's because I seem increasingly incapable of escaping the long and destructive reach of the U.S. military.

On Memorial Day, 10 Tips To Help Children Who Have Lost A Loved One

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Whatever the age of your child, there are many ways that children of all ages can remember the love and celebrate the lives of loved ones on Memorial Day weekend and every day.

I Can't Imagine -- A Memorial Day Tribute

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Barbara Jacoby

I love my country and everything for which it stands. I am so very grateful to have been born here into the greatest democracy in the world. I appreciate the freedoms that I have that allow me to be who and what I am and to believe whatever I choose.

The Marriage of War and Disney

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The idea that we were now in an eternal "wartime" became part of the post-9/11 atmosphere. At the same time, George W. Bush famously called on Americans to act as if everything were normal -- to spend, vacation, and visit Disney World.

Texas Paranoia

Jonathan Richards | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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