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Drone Victims Speak

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Though victims acknowledged that drones often kill militants, they decried the strikes for the harm they cause to civilians and claimed that they are ineffective at combating militancy in the long-run.

Beware a U.S. Sponsored Arms Race in the Middle East

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

Until it is tied effectively to a representative and responsible government in Baghdad, the arming of Iraq's military by the U.S. and other Western powers should be put on hold.

Joining the Global Work Party

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

One day after the New York Times reported that the U.S. military was going "green" with a goal of 50% from solar and renewables by 2020, and the Obama...

Time to Take a Hard Look at U.S. Linguistic Preparedness

Nataly Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nataly Kelly

More than nine years have passed since the attacks of September 11th. Thousands of hours and pages of terrorism-related information remain untranslated. Yet, a soldier's ability to communicate on the ground is as vital to her or his safety as a bulletproof vest.

One Constancy of War: The Youth of Those Who Fight and Die

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Dorian de Wind

What I saw and learned in L'Isle-Jourdain, France made me examine some of the preconceptions and misconceptions we have about the patriotism and courage of the French people and about their gratitude towards Americans.

Soldier Suicides And The Dumbing Down Of Military Mental Health Care

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

The Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration need to take steps to hirecompetent, well trained mental health professionals to treat the soldiers and veterans suffering from military related illnesses.

Politicizing the "Managers of Violence"

Robert Mackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Mackey

An underground current in the U.S. military's officer corps believes that their legally elected civilian leaders can be disobeyed if an officer believes their orders to be "immoral." This, ladies and gentlemen, is a real problem.

The Military Understands Why Getting Off Oil Pays, Why Don't We?

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

The cost in resources and lives to bring fuel to Afghanistan and Iraq is just too great. Fossil fuel is imported, and for every 24 fuel convoys, one soldier or civilian working on transport was killed.

Drone Attacks

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Informant: Accused Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning Had Civilian Help

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — An Army private charged with leaking classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks had civilian help, a key figur...

WikiLeaks Spokesman Discusses Falling Out With Assange

Der Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Daniel Schmitt -- the 32-year-old German spokesman for WikiLeaks who is also the organization's best-known personality a...

Pledge to America Fails National Security Test

Scott Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Payne

The national security portion of the "Pledge to America" is full of small ideas that fail to address any of America's immediate security challenges.

Don't Ask Yet

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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U.S., Afghan Troops Begin Fight To Drive Taliban Out Of Kandahar

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

merican and Afghan troops have begun the active combat phase of a military operation designed to drive the Taliban out of districts around the Taliban...

Republicans Betray National Security With Impunity

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

This week, Senate Republicans held the US Military and their families hostage to appease their extremist, reactionary fringe. Yet, on Thursday in DC, ...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Rob Tornoe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Tornoe

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Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Deaths In Iraq, Afghan Wars

ProPublica | T. Christian Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have ...

An executive order would repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This week Lady Gaga joined Maine's rally to send a message to the state's two moderate Republican senators, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, asking th...

Al Franken Chokes Up During Speech After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Is Defeated (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) choked up during a speech on the Senate floor after the bill including a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"...

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Maine GOP Senator Ignores Lady Gaga, Will Filibuster 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - 3:05 p.m.: Senate Republicans, led by John McCain (R-Ariz.), have blocked the Senate from considering the defense authorization bill Tuesday ...

Army: U.S. Soldiers Killed Afghan Civilians For Sport, Dismembered Bodies

Washington Post | Craig Whitlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

According to charging documents, the unprovoked, fatal attack on Jan. 15 was the start of a months-long shooting spree against Afghan civilians that r...

Will Tea Party Climate Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

Our LGBTQ service members are prepared to defend this country with their lives, but not all of our service members are honored for their acts of bravery and patriotism.

Is There Professionalism in PMC?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Generally, the U.S. elite consensus on private military contractors (PMC) is that A) they are a good thing because they enable regular military forces...

Reconciliation in the War of Symbols: Ground Zero, the Islamic Center and the Florida Church

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

This war of symbols reveals ugly stereotyping and prejudice on nearly all sides, including those on the left who spewed hateful rhetoric to those opposing the Islamic Center.

Afghan Attacks Kill 8 US Soldiers In 24 hours

AP | KAY JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — American forces suffered a deadly 24 hours in Afghanistan, with eight troops killed in attacks including an audacious Talib...