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ROTC Marching Back Onto Harvard's Campus

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

For decades, the ROTC was an unwelcome sight on Ivy League campuses, in part because of the ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer servicemembers. Now they're allowed back, and many students aren't pleased.

McClellan, MacArthur, McChrystal

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Militarizing the presidency obviously undermines the principle of civilian control, which the McChrystal kerfuffle brought to the forefront.

After Health Care: Now the Harder Part

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Radical change is required in at least three areas: the financial system; the military; and energy policy. The first two have to be downsized, and our dependency on fossil fuels has to be minimized.

Obesity & Military: Almost 30 Percent Of Young Americans Too Fat To Fight, Generals Say

McClatchy | Patrick Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A group of more than 50 retired generals and admirals says a growing number of young Americans are too fat to fight. A study released last week by Mi...

The Repeal of DADT Is All Smoke, No Fire

Matt Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Gallagher

If an openly gay soldier doesn't perform his duties well, yes, he'll get teased for being gay. But not because he is gay, and that's a crucial difference.

Three 'Skinhead' Soldiers, Another Man Held In Attack On Cincinnati Homeless Man

AP | By LISA CORNWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CINCINNATI (AP)-- A soldier and another man have been arrested in the beating of a homeless man, and two other soldiers are suspects, police said Tues...

UPDATED: Twittering in Pashto: A New U.S. Military Communications Strategy in Afghanistan?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rahim Kanani

Who exactly is the intended audience of the U.S. military's tweeting efforts in Afghanistan? They're all in English.

Beyond Petroleum

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Moving beyond petroleum means moving beyond the gospel that competing fragments, each looking out for its own "self-interest," is the highest form of order we can hope for.

McChrystal: A Good Soldier Who Goes Rogue Is Dangerous to Himself and Others.

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Resigning was the only choice. I think even General McChrystal knew it.

General McChrystal Relieved Of Command: Obama Takes General Off Top Afghan Post

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, ...

McChrystal's Disdain: Symptom of a Mercenary Force With Few Ties to Civilian Leaders

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

There is a strange and unintended symbiotic relationship between the "leave it to us professionals" attitude of some leaders in our military today, and the "not with my child" attitude shared by many in the upper classes.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Editor Surprised It Became 'Story Of The Day' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I imagine that Rolling Stone now understands that the White House will respond very quickly the next time the commander in charge of our controversial war puts the entire operation in jeopardy over some ill-advised sass talk.

Attacks On Contractors Surge In Afghanistan

AP | NOOR KHAN and TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The message, very often, is sent with bloodshed. A suicide bombing last week on a fortified Kandahar guesthouse shared ...

McChrystal Replacement Possibilities: Candidates For General's Job Post-Rolling Stone (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rebuked by President Obama for his "poor judgment" in a new Rolling Stone interview, Gen. Stanley McChrystal could soon resign or be relieved of his d...

McChrystal Must Go

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Such blatant disrespect can neither be dismissed nor ignored nor tolerated. In attacking his own chain of command so egregiously in public, McChrystal has broken a fundamental rule of military discipline. And for this he must go.

General McChrystal Offers To Resign, According To Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: Gen. Stanley McChrystal has offered to resign his position in the wake of an explosive Rolling Stone interview, according to Time magazine's J...

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Mag Fails To Capitalize On Its Own Story | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Earlier this morning, Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates took note of the dismissal of the civilian press aide who set up the interview between...

Jason Linkins

Stanley McChrystal Under Fire: What Does It Mean For Counterinsurgency Strategy? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Is it possible to even contemplate McChrystal being removed from his command? My instincts tell me that we're about to endure a fancy bit of White House shame-pageantry: McChrystal comes hat in hand, he and the President have a heart-to-heart, and in the end, everyone gets back to work. That's how I see it playing out if only because McChrystal has essentially become the living avatar of counterinsurgency strategy itself.

Sam Stein

Rolling Stone Editor On Stanley McChrystal Interview: 'The PR Person Is Always The First To Go' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The executive editor of Rolling Stone -- the magazine responsible for the bombshell profile of General Stanley McChrystal -- scoffed at the fact that ...

Rolling Stone McChrystal Interview: Robert Gates Says General Made 'Significant Mistake'

AP | ANNE GEARAN and JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rebuked his Afghanistan war commander for "poor judgment" Tuesday and considered whether to fire him in the ...

Karzai Endorses McChrystal After Rolling Stone Interview: 'Best Commander' Of Afghanistan War

AP | ROBERT H. REID | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Hamid Karzai gave a strong endorsement Tuesday to embattled Gen. Stanley McChrystal, describing him as the...

McChrystal's Rolling Stone Interview: Quotes, Comments About Obama And Colleagues (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gen. Stanley McChrystal's candid Rolling Stone interview prompted the White House to summon McChrystal, the most senior military commander in Afghanis...

Disruptive Technologies: From Zero to Five Billion in 18 months

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Could laughter and friendly competition provide the seedbed for the next generation of entrepreneurs?

America's Stranded Armies

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

In the AfPak theater it is impossible to say what is Washington's objective. Short of a massive force expansion, the ignominious end seems likely to come soon, for political rather than military reasons.

Military Ahead In Shrinking U.S. Carbon 'Boot Print,' Study Says

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON (AFP) -- From solar-powered water purification systems in Afghanistan to a Navy jet fueled in part by biofuel, the US military is taking a ...