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Veterans Get a Raw Deal -- Again

Jerry Chautin | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are consistently plagued by higher unemployment rates than the civilian community. Ted Daywalt, a retired...

The War Lovers: Why It Feels So Good to Be Embedded With the U.S. Military

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Peter Van Buren

What is it about the military that turns normally thoughtful journalists into war pornographers? A reporter who would otherwise make it through the day sober spends a little time with the military and loses himself in ever more dramatic language.

Watch: SEAL-Mania Grips Nation After Bin Laden Raid

Posted 07.19.2011 | Home


Bin Laden's Death Sparks Rethinking of US Policy in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.

U.S. Braced For Fights With Pakistanis In Bin Laden Raid | Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker and David E. Sanger. | Posted 07.10.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- President Obama insisted that the assault force hunting down Osama bin Laden last week be large enough to fight its way out of Pakistan ...

President Obama Was Right and Michael Moore and Other Critics of Killing Bin Laden Are Wrong

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Those who have no skin in the game in our wars have no business second guessing the snap judgments of the men and women in combat situations asked to do our dirty work.

Son of Mexican Immigrants Was a Hero of Bin Laden Operation?

Raul A. Reyes | Posted 08.07.2011 | Latino Voices
Raul A. Reyes

On Monday, Martin Mejia received the shock of his life. The father of Ruben Mejia, a Navy SEAL, was stunned when soldiers in uniform came to his home...

The Other Side of Guantanamo

Rajai Hakki | Posted 07.03.2011 | Politics
Rajai Hakki

As the US rejoices at the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it is important to remember the people that made real sacrifices in our war against Al-Qaeda. Detainees at Gitmo are not the only people that suffer.

Obama Administration Considers Altering U.S. Military's Global Role

Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

By Colin Clark Editor, AOL Defense WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration, with very little fanfare, has launched what national security experts s...

Notes Of A Military Son

Black Voices | Mark Alexander | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

During this week -- Military Families Week -- I am reminded of the valuable lessons I learned from my father about the humanity and importance of thos...

Laura Stampler

Divorce Rate For Women In Military Double That Of Men | Laura Stampler | Posted 06.12.2011 | Divorce

When naval officer Amanda Smith was deployed to Kuwait in August of 2009, her job was to find holes in existing military medical programs and fix them...

Take "The Troops" off the Table in the Budget Battles

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

Even if Congress cannot agree on an overall defense budget, funding for troop pay can and should be settled immediately and should not be held hostage again to partisan wrangling over other issues.

David Wood

Military Spouses Face Difficulties Finding Employment | David Wood | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Among the 14.8 million Americans looking for work, the men and women married to military personnel face barriers others don't. Mili...

Our Superlative Military

William Astore | Posted 05.29.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Showering the military with superlatives may be good politics, but it's not necessarily good policy. A pat on the back for "dedication" and "determination" or even a simple "thank you" is all the military needs, Mr. President.

Why Didn't Military Officers Investigate "The Kill Team" Sooner?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Project On Government Oversight

What's most interesting about the Rolling Stone article, which offers a thorough look at how American soldiers in Afghanistan allegedly murdered Afghan civilians, is that it raises questions about military officer accountability.

Semantics and the German "Nein" in Libya

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 05.28.2011 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

It will take generational extinction and a profound national transformation before Germany can debate military action as freely as the United States or Great Britain without the epic burden of its history.

Passing of a Modest Hero

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dorian de Wind

A few weeks ago I attended the "Celebration of Life" Service for a dear friend and neighbor who passed away after a long and valiant struggle with can...

Afghanistan: Reflections on the the Kill Team

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Shahryar

Incidents like Abu Ghraib have seriously desensitized the American people and the rest of the world to the extent that we've, in my opinion, ran out of anger.

Conan: New Ad Shows Our Military Is Stretched A Little Thin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

A lot of people are expressing frustration with the U.S. entering into another war thanks to its air strikes against Libya. But when you think about...

How a U.S. Army "Gator" Gets Information in Less Than 10 Minutes

David Danzig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Danzig

The first time I taught a one-hour class at West Point, a 20-year-old student made it very clear that while he might be studying ethics, law and morality in school, it was practicalities that really concerned him.

Army Slow To Act As Crime-Lab Worker Falsified, Botched Tests

McClatchy | Marisa Taylor & Michael Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For nearly three years, the military held the key to Roger House's exoneration and didn't tell him: A forensics examiner had botched a crucial lab tes...

Amanda Terkel

Dem Rep. Hopes Senate Won't Block His Military Suicide Prevention Act For The Third Time | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the National Guard and Army Reserve grapple with an increasing number of suicides amongst members, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) reintroduc...

The Koepenick Syndrome: Is the United States the New Prussia?

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

Military leaders have long held a Prussian-like prestige in the United States.

Opposing a War and Supporting the Troops: An Oxymoron?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Until our national debate genuinely focuses on what is truly a threat to our national security, opposing a war and supporting the troops will continue to be an oxymoron in the eyes of so many decent Americans.

"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.