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"Support Our Troops": What It Means

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

"Support Our Troops," in this veteran's opinion, does not mean unquestioned support of our government's decisions and its wars. Anything less than critical debate does a disservice to our troops.

Marines Say Bradley Manning Is Imprisoned Isolated and Naked 'For His Own Good'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

If Bradley Manning isn't mentally disturbed already, it would seem that forcing him to stay naked in his cell all night while under constant surveillance would certainly push him in that direction.

Who Supports the U.S. Soldier?

Gabriel Ledeen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel Ledeen

"Supporting" the soldier necessarily means sharing his desire for victory. From this perspective, there is an inherent contradiction in claiming to "support" the soldier while taking actions that undercut his efforts.

Never Ever Retreat

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hugh Rawson

The United States has begun withdrawing forces from the Pech Valley in Afghanistan, an area once considered to be critical in the campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

The Afghan War and Examining Heads

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

The future is now, Mr. Secretary. It's time to end our costly and futile wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It's time to support our troops by bringing them home.

Obama Administration Asks Court To Uphold 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — The Obama administration may have concluded that laws targeting gay Americans are presumably unconstitutional, but it still aske...

Curiouser and Curiouser: How the Hill Is Handling Being in the Hole

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com.In the words of Alice, "It would be so nice if something made sense." Alice, of course, was talking about the strang...

The Growing Rift Between Military, Civilians

Politico | PHILIP EWING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Spouses of service members are badly stressed from years of long deployments -- so stressed that some have taken their own lives. Children who've had ...

Military: 2010 Lowest Level Of Violence In Iraq

McClatchy | Scott Peterson, Christian Science Monitor | Christian Science Monitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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Can We Preserve the American Dream Without Sacrifice?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Delayed gratification. From an early age, we teach our children that work before play is a vital part of growing up. Whether it is homework before gam...

Overkill: Future Weapons, Future Wars, and the New Arms Race

Nick Turse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

Amid talk of a new arms race, Americans should know more about what billions of their tax dollars are paying for. It's likely that DARPA projects will simply lead to needless expenditures on weapons designed for wars the U.S. won't fight.

Indiana Businessman Won't Return Fallen Marine's Personal Effects Due To Missed Storage Unit Payments

Indiana Post-Tribune | AfrikBoutik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The brother of one of Northwest Indiana's fallen soldiers says he's prolonging a visit here to help his family retrieve a collection of his sister's p...

China's Stealth Fighter May Use Technology From Downed U.S. Plane

AP/The Huffington Post | SLOBODAN LEKIC and DUSAN STOJANOVIC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese officials recently unveiled a new, high-tech stealth fighter that could pose a significant threat to American air superi...

It's Still the Same Old Story -- From Guns to Nukes

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

The firearm homicide rate in the United States is 19.5 times higher than in the other countries. While this death toll is bad enough, the same dynamics operate in international relations.

Aircraft Carriers and Chinese Missiles: Time to Rethink U.S. Naval Doctrine

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

According to a new report, the Chinese military is exploiting the strict adherence of the United States to a naval doctrine based on the aircraft carrier.

JP Morgan-Chase "Accidentally" Foreclosed on Military Mortgages: Violated Decades of Existing Law

Torrey Shannon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Torrey Shannon

Earlier today, Military.com and other news agencies reported a big win for a Marine who fought a 5-year legal battle with the behemoth mortgage institution, JP Morgan-Chase.

A Fifth Star for Petraeus (Revisited)

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Would our nation and our war effort in Afghanistan benefit from the appointment of a five-star general, a General of the Army, and should it be Gen. David Petraeus? I say "yes" to both.

Now It's Time to Lift the Restrictions on Women's Military Service

Nancy Duff Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Duff Campbell

As a matter of national security and civil rights, it's time for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to eliminate all restrictions on women's military service.

Amanda Terkel

High-Level Military Panel: Ban On Women In Combat Is Discriminatory

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-level military advisory panel is set to recommend that the armed services overturn its policy barring women from serving in comba...

Dan Froomkin

Advisory Group Urges Gene Mapping For Soldiers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It sounds like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but it's not. A new report from a secretive, highly influential group of scientis...

Karzai: U.S. Should Reduce Intensity, Stop Night Raids In Afghan War

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the United States must reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations, e...

U.S. And China Try To Mend Fraying Military Ties

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIJING — The U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs took a step Monday toward mending frayed relations between their powerful militaries, though China...

Freedom Fighters for a Fading Empire: What It Means When We Say We Have the World's Finest Fighting Force

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

This sort of description of the U.S. military has become something of a must for American presidents. What does such triumphalist rhetoric suggest not just about our national narcissism, but Washington's priorities?

Defeat in Iraq: Muqtada's Return

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

The return of Muqtada Al-Sadr, a junior Shia cleric and head of the Mehdi Army militia, from his refuge in Iran to a prominent role in Iraqi politics ...

Mandatory U.S. Army Survey Says Non-Believers Unfit to Serve

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

Christianity is being pushed on our service men and women under the guise of "Spiritual Fitness," a clever term concocted by the military to flagrantly violate the Constitution.