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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.

Year-End Perspective on Corruption

The 14th Banker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
The 14th Banker

The steady exposure of corruption in our system will have its effect. There is developing a common understanding that the system we have today is broken and that we must find the means to make it constructive.

Fabricated Myths About War

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

In these heady days of the holiday season, while you're buying your niece or nephew that last stocking stuffer or cavorting with co-workers at the annual holiday party, keep this striking image of war in mind.

Is Education Crisis Threatening Our National Security?

AP | CHRISTINE ARMARIO and DORIE TURNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

MIAMI — Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system t...

Lincoln's Christmas Message

Max Benavidez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Benavidez

If Abraham Lincoln were president today in the midst of two wars and prolonged economic collapse, this is what I imagine his 2010 Christmas message might look like.

To the LGBT Community: Now That You Can Join the Military, Please Don't!

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

As we struggle to find a more civilized way to treat each other in this world, let us recognize the commonalities in the fight for LGBT rights and the fight to end war.

How Do You Feel About The DADT Repeal?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama signed the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" into law today. What is your reaction to this historic event? Submit your resp...

GOP Senators Swing Back to Military, Boost New START Prospects

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Forced to choose between the recommendations of the US military and the extreme views of Senators Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint, enough Republican senators are going military to win Senate approval of the New START treaty this week.

Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Brian Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Bond

I am sure that there will be many stories written about what happened and how we got here, but for me, the key part of the story that I will never forget is that commitment from the President.   Nor will I ever forget the brave men and women who have served with distinction who also happen to be gay or lesbian.

Pentagon: Lifting 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Will Take Time

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates is reminding troops that "don't ask, don't tell" will remain military policy for at least a while lo...

A Christmas Message for our Troops in Harm's Way

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

What do we say to our troops, our men and women who once again, for a ninth Christmas in a row, will be spending the holidays in foreign battlefields where peace on earth and good will to men are just cruel incongruities?

Latino Leaders Urge the U.S. Senate to Make the "DREAM Act" a Reality

Janet Murguía | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Murguía

Today, a cross-section of distinguished Latino leaders from across the political spectrum, as well as in business, government, public service, enterta...

No News at Alaska's Air Force Bases Over WikiLeaks

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alaska Dispatch News

The Gray Lady has been banished from the browsers of Eielson and Elmendorf Air Force bases -- and so has virtually every other national newspaper of record in the Western hemisphere.

Time for Nuclear Savings Bonds?

Robert Alvarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Alvarez

Wonder why America can't seem to keep up with nations like Germany and China on advanced energy policy? Perhaps it's because the Energy Department spends ten times more on nuclear weapons than energy conservation.

The Army-Navy Game: Transcending Sports and Politics

PhillyPhanatics.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
PhillyPhanatics.com

I am a liberal Democrat who is opposed to the War in Afghanistan, was against the War in Iraq, and protested against the Vietnam War years ago. I guess you could call me a pacifist. But I love watching the Army-Navy game.

Afghan Public Opinion Turns Sharply Against US Forces

GlobalPost | Jean MacKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

First the good news: U.S. forces are still more popular in Afghanistan than Osama bin Laden. Fully 6 percent of respondents in a new poll expressed a ...

WATCH: Gen. Shelton To Jon Stewart

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

General Hugh Shelton, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001 of the United States, spoke to Jon Stewart last night abou...

I'm Asking and I'm Telling

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Abe Gurko

Nothing is more embarrassing than watching the news with all these old men bandying about the words "gay" and "homosexual." The possible repeal of Don...

Poll: Afghans Lose Confidence In U.S., NATO

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — More than a quarter of Afghans see insurgent attacks against American troops as justified, according to a poll release...

Controversial U.S. Military Bases Not In Iraq Or Afghanistan

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BANGKOK, Thailand -- If you spin a globe and randomly point to a country, there's a one-in-five chance the U.S. military runs a piece of the nation un...

Afghan Families Speak Of Loved Ones Killed By U.S. Soldiers

nytimes.com | TAIMOOR SHAH and ALISSA J. RUBIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For Mullah Allah Dad, a poppy farmer and the mullah of a hamlet of just 15 homes in Kandahar Province, the end came quickly. He was sipping tea when h...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Needs to Come Out of the Closet

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Janssen

The United States should be honored to have any individual willing to put their life on the line, whether they're gay or straight.