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Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

Ann Jones | Posted 03.29.2013 | World
Ann Jones

Despite all the experiments in styles of war-making, the American military and its coalition partners have ended up in the same place: stalemate. Only one thing is certain in 2014: it will be a year of American military defeat.

Obama Administration Mulling Troops' Future In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2013 | World

* Obama, Karzai to meet on Friday * U.S. may be taking a bargaining position - analyst * Immunity for U.S. troops remain...

5 Things Hagel Should Do For Gay Troops

Aaron Belkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Belkin

It is too late for Hagel to undo the damage he caused to gay and lesbian people during his Senate career. But he now has an opportunity to make sure that the Pentagon keeps making progress on the route to full inclusion.

Gangnam Style: Psy Apologizes for Word Choice, Not for Being Ant-War

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

But whatever Psy says, his bold anti-war rapping has placed him in a new light for many people worldwide who previously only saw him as a kooky little K-pop star.

Fewer Veterans in Congress Than Ever Before: Should We Be Worried?

Josh Kalven | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Josh Kalven

When Veterans Day rolls around each fall, America briefly bridges the gap between those who've served in the military and those who haven't. But for ...

Petraeus Explained

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


This Labor Day, Help Our Returning Troops Find Dignity Through the Power of Work

Jim Gibbons | Posted 10.30.2012 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

When they return home, some veterans run for public office, obtain graduate degrees, found programs to aid other veterans, or find other ways to put their skills to work. But too many are still struggling.

WATCH: Your Turn: Veterans

Posted 10.09.2012 | Home

I'm glad that everywhere you go these days, you can find signs that say "God Bless Our Troops". Veterans sacrifice so much to protect our freedom. How...

I Support People, Not Troops

James Peron | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
James Peron

I love watching a child seeing his father's face for the first time in a year, rushing to daddy's arms, crying. I cry with him. I want to see this scene thousands of times over. I want them all home, unharmed. If that is what you mean by "support," then count me in.

So... Why Would a Dog Be on Facebook?

SGT Tanangachi Mfuni | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
SGT Tanangachi Mfuni

Roll your eyes, but this three-year-old Facebooking Boston Terrier has 141 friends on the social networking site.

For Army Troops, Prescription Drugs May Add To Fog Of War

Los Angeles Times | Posted 04.08.2012 | World

While there was some early, ad hoc use of psychotropic drugs in the Vietnam War, the modern Army psychiatrist's deployment kit is likely to include ni...

The Situation in Afghanistan Gets Worse

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

President Obama has a lot of issues to weigh with regards to Afghanistan, but I really hope he sides with the American troops on the ground. They're now being asked by our government to provide security to a population in a mission that is no longer wanted by the democratically elected leader of that country, making their current mission untenable and unproductive. Therefore, the only conclusion he can come to is to engage U.S. forces in a mission that can be successful. And that is an immediate transition to an Advise, Train, and Assist role, on the way towards a negotiated counter-terror mission with a very limited footprint.

Boehner Pressed To Honor Military

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

A Republican congressman is calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pay tribute more regularly to slain members of the military. Rep. Wal...

Four Great Places To Donate Used Books

Milkshake | Posted 04.01.2012 | Good News

True to Milkshake form, we believe that the best way to lighten your bookshelves is by donating all the unwanted paperbacks (and hardcovers, of course) to charity. Not sure where to send your books?

A Colorado Man Is Among The Last To Come Home From Iraq

Posted 12.19.2011 | Denver

Among the last soldiers coming home from Iraq will be Army Physician Captain Mitchell Marzo of Centennial, Colo. The last convoy pulled out of the...

U.S. Military Formally Shuts Down The War In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

By Missy Ryan and Patrick Markey (Reuters) - The U.S. military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremo...

The News of Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.03.2012 | Media
Robert Koehler

Is there a democracy at either end of the missiles, warships or troop deployments? Suddenly I'm back on the sidewalk with the Occupy movement, which has arisen to confront the corporatocracy and its subservient media.

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.27.2011 | World
Jim Wallis

The initial feelings that rushed over me after hearing the announcement that we're pulling out of Iraq were of deep relief. But then they turned to deep sadness over the terrible cost of a war that was always wrong: intellectually, politically, strategically and, above all, morally.

Ten Years of Afghan War

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

October 7 marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of U.S. war in Afghanistan. There is no certain end in sight for U.S. involvement, and concerns are growing over the United States' capacity to bring stability to the country and the region.

Christian Science Monitor: U.S. Soldier's Emotional Reunion With Iraqi Girl He Saved

Christian Science Monitor | Jane Arraf | Posted 09.28.2011 | World

Eight-year-old Sadeel giggles and holds up her curly black hair, revealing the faint scar from a bullet wound. "I'm so happy to see you," says US A...

Troops to Congress: Do Your Job

Thomas W. Young | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics
Thomas W. Young

President Obama put it well when he said we have young people in combat zones acting like adults, and adults in Washington acting like children.

Secret U.S., Afghan Talks Could See Troops Stay For Decades

The Guardian | Jason Burke in Kabul | Posted 08.14.2011 | World

American and Afghan officials are locked in increasingly acrimonious secret talks about a long-term security agreement which is likely to see US troop...

David Wood

Afghanistan War's Enduring Legacy: A Surge In U.S. Troops Suffering Double And Triple Amputations | David Wood | Posted 07.30.2011 | World

American soldiers and Marines walking combat patrols in Afghanistan have suffered a surge of gruesome injuries, losing one or both legs and often thei...

Reflections on Memorial Day

Ashwin Madia | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

This weekend, as we remember the sacrifices by exceptional men and women on behalf of our country so often brought about in part through the cruelty of chance, let's also remember how blessed we are to live in a country that draws such fine people to service.

For Our Troops, Nation, an End of a Chapter

Ashwin Madia | Posted 07.02.2011 | World
Ashwin Madia

In 10 years of war, young, wide-eyed recruits have become grizzled veterans, and very few events would seem to let them feel we are making true progress. For our troops, last night offers a morale boost.