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The War in Iraq: Sunrise or Sunset?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Just as the Pentagon is preparing its exit plan -- or at least the rhetoric for its exit plan -- pressure is mounting for the military to stay.

Kabul Explosion: Huge Blast Reported In Afghanistan's Capital

AP | AMIR SHAH and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Insurgents struck Friday at hotels in the heart of Kabul with suicide attackers and a car bomb, killing at least 16 people – half ...

Iraq Withdrawal in Danger

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Just when you thought that the fat lady was about to launch into an aria over America's exit from Iraq, the US military announced that it is drawing up contingency plans to delay the withdrawal.

Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Af...

Gays in the Military: A Religious Issue?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brad Hirschfield

In this case, perhaps we religious, of whatever persuasion, should take a Sunday school lesson from the military, where the cohesion of the unit trumps ideological debate.

Caring for Generation Torture

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Denselow

Today's wars "among the people" make the experiences endured by soldiers much more complex -- and, therefore, the transition back to civilian life is that much harder.

Marja snipers

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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New Name For Iraq War Requested: Petraeus Wants "Operation New Dawn"

Political Punch | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq -- currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom -- a new name. ...

American Blitzkrieg Loving the German War Machine to Death

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

The idolization of the German military was a telling manifestation of a growing militarism within an American society which remained remarkably oblivious to the slow strangulation of its citizen-soldier ideal.

Military Ethics and Private Military Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

It is not just polemicists at the Nation who question the use of private military contractors -- professors at the U.S. Naval Academy and at West Point have also critiqued the practice.

UN Ratifies Ban On Cluster Bombs: US Still Has Not Signed

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday that the international convention banning cluster bombs has received the 30 rat...

Ibrahim Jassam, Iraqi Photographer For Reuters, Released By US Military

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi freelance photographer who worked for Reuters has been released by the U.S. military after 17 months in detention in Iraq, th...

John P. Murtha, Man in the Arena

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Max Cleland coined the slogan: "We got your back, Jack" and the constituents demonstrated they did indeed.

Blackwater, Now Xe, Vying For $1 Billion Contract To Train Afghan National Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed the company's prospects in Afghanistan, where it's a contender to be a key part of President Barack ...

Ollie North On What Happens If Gays Are Allowed To Serve Openly In Military: ˜NAMBLA Members' Are Next

thinkprogress.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, Oliver North, the retired U.S. Marine Corps officer-turned-Fox News contributor, appeared on Hannity's America to condemn the administrati...

Errors Preceded Taliban Attack On Afghan Combat Outpost Keating

latimes.com | Laura King | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan - A series of command errors set the stage for a Taliban attack on a remote American outpost four months ago, which ...

3 Die In US Military Helicopter Crash In Germany

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — A U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Germany on Wednesday, killing all three people aboard, according to a spokesman for U.S. ...

You Don't Need a Year to End Don't Ask Don't Tell

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

There is no reason why the government cannot immediately suspend Don't Ask Don't Tell discharges. A year is a long time when your family and your job are on the line.

Sundance: The Tillman Story

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

In showing the pain of the family and in the immorality of some military leaders, Amir Bar-Lev's The Pat Tillman Story opens a Pandora's Box of ugly self-interest and public duplicity.

It's Time to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

Richard Arthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Arthur

No one doubts that gays have always served honorably in the military, but up until now they've served in the shadows. This must change.

Rick Strandlof

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — A federal law against lying about military medals is facing First Amendment challenges in Colorado and California. Lawyers in both cas...

The Dissed Robed Justices

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Now I get it. Now I understand why so many of the Supreme Court Justices are bitterly opposed to television cameras. They are worried people will s...

Waste More, Want More: America's Afghan Solution

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

This large scale experiment in global intervention is pretty much in the crapper and the so called "managers" are going straight back to what they know - tossing money at the problem.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Plan Coming From Pentagon Next Week

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will unveil steps next week that the military will take to lay the ground for a repeal of its "don't ask, don't te...

About That Non-Discretionary Spending

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

President Obama's planned three-year budget freeze won't include security spending. In 2010, we'll spend more on the Pentagon than in any year since 1946 -- in dollars adjusted for inflation.