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Pentagon Unveils Strategic Downscaling

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home

By David Alexander and Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in...

Afghanistan: "Goal" Accomplished

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Dorian de Wind

You may call me a flip-flopper, but after supporting our efforts in Afghanistan for so many years, and in view of recent developments, I now have some serious concerns about that war.

Weapons ‘R’ Us

William J. Astore | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
William J. Astore

Let's face it: the weapons we sell to others pale in comparison to the weapons we sell to ourselves. Americans have a love affair with them, the more high-tech and expensive, the better. I should know. After all, I'm a recovering weapons addict.

Ten Steps for Radical Revolution USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Bill Quigley

If those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly.

America's Emerging Military Posture

Michael_Doyle | Posted 03.24.2012 | Home

As the US cuts back its armed forces, other nations will upgrade theirs, which will require the US to constantly reevaluate its global military posture. The Pentagon will have to reorient itself and rely increasingly on regional allies to maintain stability acceptable to the US.

War and Peace With a Human Face

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
Christopher Holshek

Media coverage and op-eds on last week's incident involving the desecration of Taliban corpses by U.S. Marines has been subdued in the United States, but it gathered the attention of many in that part of the world where we have had the most trouble.

Actions of a Few Marines: Let's Not "Celebrate," Justify or Broad-Brush

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home
Dorian de Wind

I honestly believe that we Americans can and must start calling what is wrong by its name, without euphemisms, without excuses -- no ifs ands or buts about it.

Marines Urinating on Dead Taliban: How Low Will We Go?

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.14.2012 | Home
Ethan Casey

What is there to think about, anyway? What is there to say, really, except that there's absolutely no excuse? No excuse for the policy makers and officers, but neither is there one for the brutalized young perpetrators.

Only In America...

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

If I had to choose a single event that forever changed my outlook on life for the better, it probably would be one which occurred less than a year after I arrived in America and just after I turned 18.

War Vets and the New Hampshire Primary

Malou Innocent | Posted 03.10.2012 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Most of the Republican presidential candidates seem all too willing to surrender more American treasure and possibly more American soldiers for preemptive strikes again Iran.

The Latest Skirmish in Afghanistan: Hate to Say We Told You So

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The U.S. government can't credibly insist that the Afghans improve their justice system and treatment of detainees if the U.S. military doesn't first get its own detention house in order.

Military Budget Cuts: No Big Deal or Excellent Opportunity?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

Secretary Panetta is set to come out with his new "strategy" to offer his assessment on how to cut the military budget. The question: will it be the same old or will he have the courage to mandate what truly needs to be done to build a stellar military for America's national security needs?

Small Tenn. Towns Find Big Ways To Honor War's Dead, Support Injured Servicemen | Posted 01.03.2012 | Impact

A decade of fighting has claimed the lives of more than 130 members of the military who called Tennessee home, and the loss has felt especially keen i...

Our Ability: Lieutenant Brown's Journey

John Robinson | Posted 02.29.2012 | Impact
John Robinson

Lieutenant Ian James brown exemplifies perseverance. As a person with a physical disability, he has overcome an amazing physical challenge in a very short period of time.

Military Academies Witness Rise In Reported Sexual Assaults, Study Finds

AP/Huffington Post | By BRIAN WITTE | Posted 12.28.2011 | Crime

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The number of reported sexual assaults at the nation's three major military academies rose overall in the latest academic year from ...

Justice for Private Danny Chen

Margaret S. Chin | Posted 02.26.2012 | New York
Margaret S. Chin

For the last two months, the family of Private Danny Chen, his friends, and the Chinese-American community in New York City have had only one question: what happened to Danny?

Iraq -- Too Much, Too Soon

Nedda Alammar | Posted 02.26.2012 | Politics
Nedda Alammar

While we never intended to stay in Iraq forever, we should have stayed until Iraqis could govern themselves. Such should be the nature of withdrawal from a country we chose to invade.

As We Leave Iraq, a Special Christmas Wish for our Troops

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.22.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Thank God, this Christmas, for thousands of our troops serving in Iraq, the words from that hauntingly beautiful song, "I'll be home for Christmas," will finally come true and not "only in [their] dreams."

Army Charges Eight in Chinatown Soldier Danny Chen's Death

| Posted 12.21.2011 | New York

By Patrick Hedlund MANHATTAN — Eight U.S. soldiers have been charged in connection to the death of a Chinatown army private who the military says...

40 Members of Congress Say No to Indefinite Detention of Americans

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

This week, U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-1) and I sent an urgent letter to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders and conferees opposing provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act.

No Way to Treat the Remains of Our Fallen Troops

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.08.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

One can imagine my shock when I started hearing and reading about how the Dover Air Force Base Mortuary is alleged to have handled the remainsservice members who have been killed.

After DADT Repeal, U.S. Military Is Hit With Another Surprise Controversy

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy was hailed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists as a supreme vi...

Iraq to Get F-16 Fighters

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.07.2012 | Home
Dorian de Wind

The day may come when Iraq's once proud Phoenix rises again to fly and fight -- hopefully not against those who helped it rise from its ashes.

A Passage to Kabul

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home
Franz-Stefan Gady

A recent reading of E. M. Forster's novel, A Passage to India, prompted me to reflect on the West's drawn out engagement in Afghanistan. The centerpi...

Middle-Class Military Members Say They're Concerned About Retirement

Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

In a sign that enlistment isn't such a surefire long-term investment, only slightly more than a third of middle-class members of the military say they...