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The U.S. Military Suffers from Affluenza

William Astore | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
William Astore

Imagine parents endlessly praising their son as "the smartest, handsomest, most athletically gifted boy since God created Adam." We'd conclude that they were thoroughly obnoxious, if not a bit unhinged. Yet the military remains just this sort of favored son, the country's golden child. And to the golden child go the spoils.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Maybe if we stopped claiming that we were the greatest, most exceptional, most indispensable nation ever and that the U.S. military was the finest fighting force in the history of the world, both we and the world might be better off and modestly more peaceful.

U.S. Military Is Not Being Weakened

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

Each of the candidates in Saturday's presidential debate boldly asserted that if elected, he would rebuild the U.S. military and restore its flagging morale. These assertions, however, rest on the mistaken assumption that the armed forces have actually been weakened.

Diverging Views on Military Force Structure Illustrate the Difference Between Sanders and Clinton...Or They Ought To

Kathleen Frydl | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics
Kathleen Frydl

During the Wednesday night Democratic Town Hall hosted by CNN, Secretary Hillary Clinton decided to underscore her reluctance to require women to regi...

America's New Vietnam in the Middle East

Ira Chernus | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
Ira Chernus

Right now, there are only two competing stories out there about the devolving situation in the Middle East. The Obama administration suggests that we have to "defend" America by gradually ratcheting up our efforts, while Republican candidates for president urge us to "defend" ourselves by bombing IS to smithereens.

Out of Bounds, Off-Limits, or Just Plain Ignored

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

To judge by the early returns, the presidential race of 2016 is shaping up as the most disheartening in recent memory. Other than as a form of low entertainment, the speeches, debates, campaign events, and slick TV ads already inundating the public sphere offer little of value.

The Alliance of Choice or Necessity

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After five decades of its existence and as an alliance that consists of 28 independent countries -- including three permanent UN Security Council members -- the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is one of the largest and the strongest collective defense alliance of its kind.

How to Build Spectral Armies

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Iraq and Afghanistan are separated by more than 1,000 miles and, although they both exist in what is now known as the Greater Middle East, they had little in common -- at least until March 2003.

The Pentagon's Progress

Nick Turse | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Nick Turse

The U.S. spent $25 billion on "training, equipping, and sustaining" Iraqi security forces. Along the way, Pentagon spokesmen offered up an unending stream of good news about the new Iraqi Army. Yet, that same force collapsed in the face of assaults just two and a half years after U.S. withdrawal.

Every American Is Fit to Fight, to Serve, to Be

Greg White | Posted 01.18.2017 | Queer Voices
Greg White

America is going through LGBT civil rights boot camp, and it's making our society stronger. Change, like recruit training, is hard. The results are worth it.

Semper Fit: How Military Spouses Stay in Shape During Deployments

Donna Gorman | Posted 01.13.2017 | Healthy Living
Donna Gorman

‪Duren's commitment to exercise changed her life. Before she became a Marine Corps spouse, she was an obese teenager, with no idea how to work out or eat right, but over the years, she transformed herself into to a 128-pound mom of two.

Washington's Imperial Shock Troops

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.14.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Meet the hottest new commander in the increasingly secretive world of American warfare, Lieutenant General Raymond "Tony" Thomas. A rare portrait in the Washington Post paints him as a "shadowy figure."

Project Diane: Integrating Military Women in Combat Roles

Alesha Doan | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Alesha Doan

Policy change is the first step towards full gender integration, but implementing this policy will require an ongoing focus on organizational culture aimed at shaping daily practices.

An Honor Too Far, or Far Too Many Honors?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.08.2017 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Should more of our heroes who have displayed "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" be awarded ...

The South China Sea Controversy: Solved

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 01.01.2017 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

There's been a lot of controversy about the South China Sea recently with all the artificial islands that everyone and his brother are building there....

Not Only Trump Recruits Terrorists

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Ivan Eland

If at least some American politicians and a significant portion of the public can see that Trump's proposal can be used to recruit terrorists, why can't they see that the U.S. government's post-9/11 attacks on or invasions of at least seven Muslim countries is far worse?

First 4 Enlisted Women Will Soon Report To U.S. Navy Submarine

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

2016 will be a milestone year for the U.S. military, a year when one of its few remaining gender barriers will be dismantled as four enlisted women be...

Christmas: Our Military 'Doing the Noblest Thing...'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 12.23.2016 | World
Dorian de Wind

This will be 15th consecutive Christmas thousands of our troops spend in harm's way, on the cruel battlefields of the Middle East, instead of at home ...

How Many Times Will We Watch this Movie?

Scott Lilly | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Anyone who offers a plan for dealing with ISIS and cannot offer a detailed blueprint for managing the territories now controlled by the organization is leading us down a path that we have been down far too often in recent decades. They should at least be willing to tell us why they were so wrong in the past but can be trusted to be right now.

Bowe Bergdahl Trial

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.17.2016 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Soldier And Dog Recover In Hospital Together After Surviving A Bomb

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.14.2015 | Good News

Dog is man’s best friend, but sometimes man is a dog’s best friend right back. A military K-9 named Rocky and his handler of two years, Army Speci...

10 Quick Tips That Can Save L.A. Lives in a Disaster

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.11.2016 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

"Don't get scared - get prepared," says Los Angeles-based disaster preparedness teacher, Deidra Dwyer, who adds that despite Southern California being...

Obama Reaffirms ISIS Policy In Rare Oval Office Address

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a rare Sunday evening Oval Office address, President Barack Obama spoke directly to the American public about Wednesday’s mass shoo...

Celebrating Caregivers This Holiday Season

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 12.01.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

The holidays are a time of celebration, of family, of homecomings. Every November and December, when our sons come home from college, I watch my wife redouble her efforts to ensure we are comfortable. That got me thinking about those who do this on an everyday basis.

Why More Minorities Are Enlisting In The Military

Test Kitchen | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics

LANGHORNE, Pennsylvania -- Sgt. First Class Rocky Weaver, 32, looked out on the floor of a suburban military recruitment center outside Philadelphia. ...