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Republicans Need to Examine Their Core Principles Before Its Too Late

Matt Jones | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Matt Jones

If we are unable or unwilling to look deeply at ourselves, it is possible that we will be relegated to watch from the sidelines as democrats enact their principles across the country.

U.S. Sends F/A-18 Warplanes To Phillipines For Military Drills

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2013 | World

MANILA, April 4 (Reuters) - Washington is this week deploying a dozen F/A-18 fighters to the Philippines, the first time it has sent so many of the ...

The Illuminator: Helen Benedict and the Journalistic Investigation That Inspired The Invisible War

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 06.03.2013 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

We're never going to get rid of all sexual assault in the military any more than we can get rid of it in civilian life. As long as it's out here, it's going to be in there. But the military is a controlled environment and your behavior is watched and dictated.

Veterans Disability Claims Backlog, Setting the Record Straight

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics
Craig Newmark

There's a lot of confusion and misinformation regarding the disability claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Setting the record straight requires some honest brokering with many years experience in both customer service and writing computer software.

A War and an Opportunity

Seth Moulton | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Seth Moulton

Ten years ago we had the chance, as a people united, to do something great. Many of us tried harder in Iraq than most will ever know, but America could have left a far better legacy for its children from this past decade than we have.

Will Obama's Legacy Be a Death Squad Government in Honduras?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Mark Weisbrot

A death squad government may not be the Obama administration's first choice for Honduras, but they prefer it to another left government that people might elect if they were able to organize in a free election.

An Open Letter to the Commander of the United States Air Force

Edith A. Disler | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Edith A. Disler

I wore Air Force blue for 34 years as a cadet and as an Air Force officer. I was as proud of that blue uniform as I was of the oath I swore to the Constitution. But that devotion to mission and professionalism didn't mean I was an automaton.

Jon Ward

Rand Paul Supports Some Military Bases On Foreign Soil, Unlike His Dad | Jon Ward | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

A brief item on Rand Paul by Time's Alex Altman describes the Republican Kentucky senator speaking recently to a group of Republican women in his home...

Syria and the Triumph of Crackpot Realism

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

In its refined form, crackpot realism wears the camouflage of idealism: military invasions are really aimed at humanitarian rescue, spreading democracy, or peacekeeping.

North Korea Issues Fresh Threat Against U.S.

Reuters | Jack Kim | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

SEOUL, March 21 (Reuters) - North Korea said it would attack U.S. military bases on Japan and the Pacific island of Guam if provoked, a day after le...

W's Iraq War

Prof. Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Prof. Joe Peyronnin

Ten years ago today the U.S. invaded Iraq with the goals of toppling Saddam Hussein, destroying its weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), and freeing its people. Now, a decade later, Hussein is dead, but no WMDs were ever found, and the country has devolved into a de facto civil war.

The End of Endless War?

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

It is clear that the past decade has taken a heavy toll on U.S. public attitudes about the efficacy and morality of war.

Iraq: 10 Years After, Have We Learned a Thing?

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

On the decennial of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the persons responsible have shown remarkably little guilt over launching an unprovoked war of aggression, even when the lamentable results might be expected to give one pause to rethink the enterprise.

Military Chaplains -- Treating PTSD at the Battlefield

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Chaplains have direct access to our troops, as they are experiencing trauma, whether it be sexual trauma or the result of a physical injury on the battlefield.

Our Military Family, Our Reality

Amy Bermudez | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Amy Bermudez

While my husband was deployed, money was no longer tight. Yes, during that year, my husband was being compensated, and rightly so. How much would you expect someone to be paid for giving up things that can't be given back?

China and the U.S. Buy Guns

Jonathan Moyer | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Jonathan Moyer

That is certainly the takeaway from the recent news cycle, which has identified an increase in Chinese military spending at the People's Congress and a decline in U.S. military spending due to the "sequester." But what are the broader trends and implications of these shifts in military resource allocation?

Unhollowing the Force

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Is it not ludicrous to try to ease our budget problems on their backs? Why not shrink the force to numbers that can be managed -- not merely from a training standpoint, but from a perspective of properly caring for those who perform society's most onerous job?

Military Plane Crashes In Washington State

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE, March 11 (Reuters) - A military plane assigned to a Washington state Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island crashed on Monday morning, base sp...

I Eat for America

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 05.07.2013 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

The Nathan's contest is the Tour de France, the Masters, and the Super Bowl rolled into a hot dog bun. I've been fortunate to be at the final table for a decade. Where can eating too many hot dogs get you?

A World War II Veteran's Lost Diary Finally Comes Home

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.06.2013 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

As soon as Wayland saw and read the diary, she knew she had a treasure in her hands, but one that had to be returned to Nowak's surviving loved ones. This became Wayland's mission -- her noble obsession.

Is the War on Terror Worth the Price?

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

When one considers how completely out of whack our defense budget is in the post 9/11 age of perpetual war, the cuts will still leave us with a military budget that dwarfs all other countries combined.

Our Homeless Female Veterans: All Too Often, a 'Double Betrayal of Trust'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

In his foreword to the "2011 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress," released in November 2012, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun ...

Sequester, Our Military, and the Confused GOP

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

On the dawn of sequestration, Republicans are still in deep disagreement over how it will affect our military, and in even deeper disagreement over how to handle it. One thing they do seem to agree on, though, is that they aren't willing to close corporate tax loopholes to avoid it.

Decapitating Defense

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The demise of defense is an historic opportunity as well as an inevitability. Managed the right way, it could lead to better peace and security, for example, by breaking us of our habit of seeing everything as threats and throwing money at them.

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.