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The Pentagon's War on Accountability

William Hartung | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

Now you see it, now you don't. Think of it as the Department of Defense's version of the street con game, three-card monte, or maybe simply as the Pentagon shuffle. In any case, the Pentagon's budget is as close to a work of art as you're likely to find in the U.S. government -- if, that is, by work of art you mean scam.

For a Stronger Military, Draft Women Too

Jessica Trisko Darden | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Jessica Trisko Darden

This week, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives quashed a proposed measure that would have required American women between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for the draft, even though both the House and Senate Armed Services committees' endorsed the idea.

Poof! It's Forgotten

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Perhaps General David Petraeus's all-time sharpest comment came in the earliest days of Iraq War 2.0. "Tell me how this ends," he said, referring to the invasion. That question should be asked daily in Washington. America's wars are too easily forgotten.

The U.S. Military Needs to Defend the Country, Not Undermine American Security

Ivan Eland | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Ivan Eland

As President Obama visits still-communist Vietnam, a former American rival, in his "pivot to Asia" to recruit more countries to shelter against a rising China, the trip only serves to illustrate the global American Empire's overextension.

Husband & Wife Entrepreneurs Scale Kids' Sunglasses Company

Renny McPherson | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Renny McPherson

Molly and Ted Fienning's company Babiators is a leading brand of children's sunglasses. Babiators was born on a jet tarmac, developed at the kitchen t...

Washington's Military Addiction

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.12.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In a Washington that seems incapable of doing anything but worshiping at the temple of the U.S. military, global policymaking has become a remarkably mindless military-first process of repetition.

Courage Under Fire: West Point Cadets Show America the Meaning of Leadership

Ravi Chaudhary | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Ravi Chaudhary

Photo Courtesy New York Times Last week the United States Military Academy at West Point launched an inquiry into the conduct of 16 African-American ...

A Major Flaw of the U.S. National Security State

William Astore | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Despite a painfully expensive and tragically wasteful record of militarized interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and many other countries throughout the greater Middle East, the U.S. military and foreign policy establishment persists in staying its presence course.  

Defeating ISIS: The Military and Economic Options

John Graham | Posted 05.02.2016 | Home
John Graham

Defeating ISIS demands an approach that is patient, highly sophisticated, and multi-pronged, one tightly focused on their vulnerabilities, and a thorough knowledge of the group's history, intentions, motivations and strategies.

Life Before and After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Nate Warden | Posted 05.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Nate Warden

Being outed from duty location to duty location has become such a theme that I like to consider myself just out. It seems there is always someone before I show up at my base that does the ice breaking for me out of either curiosity or prejudice, either one has the same effect.

'Green News Report' - April 28, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: 'Presumptive' GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump goes nuclear over cli...

Hillary the Hardheaded Hawk

William Astore | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Indeed, the recent New York Times article highlights the fact that Hillary is sometimes more aggressive in advocating for military force than the generals she confers with. Nevertheless, or rather because of this, the generals apparently like Hillary. They really like her!

Drone Whistleblowers Step Out of the Shadows

Pratap Chatterjee | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
Pratap Chatterjee

When the president and his key officials look at the drone program, they undoubtedly don't "see" women and children. Instead, they are caught up in a Hollywood-style vision of imminent danger from terrorists and of the kind of salvation that a missile launched from thousands of miles away provides.

America's Forgotten Children

Enrico Dungca | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Enrico Dungca

"I was five years old when my American father left me. I don't know why he did this. I keep looking for him everyday and hope that I'll see him again....

We Need Obama as Foreign Policy Educator-in-Chief

Dr. Milton Mankoff | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Dr. Milton Mankoff

Part of the allure of Obama when he first ran for president was the prospect of an intellectual in the White House who would make progressive decisions, but also begin the task of educating huge numbers of low information citizens about how the world works.

10 Countries With The Fastest Growing Militaries

24/7 Wall St. | Casey Williams | Posted 04.15.2016 | Business

This article was originally published on 24/7 Wall St. Military spending in the United States totaled $596 billion in 2015, far and away the largest ...

How Many Boots on What Ground?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

At the moment, there are a maximum of 3,870 U.S. military personnel (or 7,740 actual boots on the ground) in Iraq supporting the war against ISIS. Of course, that number doesn't include the other 1,130 American military types (or 2,260 boots), or the American private contractors also flowing into Iraq in growing numbers.

What's the Meaning of Failure?

William J. Astore | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

The dishonesty of words illustrates the dishonesty of America's wars. Since 9/11, can there be any doubt that the public has become numb to the euphemisms that regularly accompany U.S. troops, drones, and CIA operatives into Washington's imperial conflicts across the Greater Middle East and Africa?

Superhero Performance? It's All in Your Mind

Dr. Scott Galster | Posted 04.20.2016 | Science
Dr. Scott Galster

Instead of putting together futuristic shiny suits that can fly and shoot missiles and crack jokes all at the same time, my colleagues and I are doing something much more complex: figuring out how to optimize the functioning of our most complicated -- and awesome -- bit of technology, our brain.

How Not to Audit the Pentagon

William Hartung | Posted 04.10.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn't work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.

How Many Generals Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

This is the repetitive world of war into which the young, especially in America's poorest schools, are being recruited, even if they don't know it, via JROTC. It's a Pentagon-funded program that ensures the country's all-volunteer military never lacks for new troops to dispatch to old conflicts.

The Wars in Our Schools

Rory Fanning | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Rory Fanning

Politicians and the school boards, time and again, claim their school systems are broke. No money for books, teacher's salaries and pensions, healthy lunches, etc. And yet, in 2015, the U.S. spent $598 billion on the military. That's nearly 10 times what it spent on education.

U.S. Senate: Confirm Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army

Greg White | Posted 04.11.2016 | Politics
Greg White

As a former Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, I'm used to "hurry up and wait." As a gay man, I've waited my entire life for more public heroes. To all U.S. Senators: Let Freedom ring. Let Eric Fanning serve.

Tomorrows Bad Seeds to Honor U.S. Troops in new music video, War Letter

Brad Puet | Posted 04.06.2016 | Arts
Brad Puet

Tomorrows Bad Seeds blend together the perfect mixture of rock-pop, punk-reggae and hip-hop to create a feel good musical melting pot. The group has a...

Don't Discount Women's Non-Combat Sacrifices in Times of War

Hadley Heath | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Hadley Heath

President Obama has just named Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson the first female commander of a combatant command in U.S. history. This comes on the heels...