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The New Drone Medal and Why Troops Need Hagel

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Though the issue of drones is raging hot and heavy, I personally don't have an issue with the medal itself. What I do have an issue with is this: The new medal ranks above the Purple Heart. I cannot imagine that, had Hagel been secretary of defense, he would have approved.

The Cruz-ing of the Senate

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

A funny thing happened at the Senate Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel, this week. Senator Ted Cruz, who is quickly making a name for himself as a modern-day Joe McCarthy, turned a normal committee vote into his own personal circus, making outlandish smear after outlandish smear against Chuck Hagel that earned the ire not just of senators in the room, but Capitol Hill newspapers, national media, and even his home state newspaper. Thing of it is, Cruz knows very well who his base is: The increasingly shrill far right, which want to see vicious opposition to anything President Obama says, does, or proposes. People have joked, with some degree of truth, that if President Obama came out against drinking Drano, Tea Party Congressmen and senators would immediately go out and chug gallons of it.

Neocon Tantrums

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The hysterics of neoconservative senators has become a cacophony that's pretty similar to a room full of children. It's a series of tantrums that clearly shows they are losing, badly.

GOP Farce at Hagel Hearings

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

All the money spent by the Sheldon Adelsons of the world, to sink this nomination, is a colossal waste. Chuck Hagel will be confirmed, and neoconservative influence over our military policy will finally, and thankfully, be dead.

On Hagel, Neocons Go Off the Sanity Cliff (Again)

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Why are they going so off-the-rails? It boils down to one thing -- Iraq. Neocons will never, ever forgive Senator Hagel for standing up to President Bush, in favor of a pro-troop, pro-security, responsible approach to Iraq.

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Veterans Group Launches New Ad Buy

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

A progressive veterans group is launching a $1.25 million ad campaign targeting three Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls as the election enters its final...

VoteVets, Progressive Veterans Group, Spends $1 Million Against GOP Candidates For Final Stretch

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

VoteVets Action Fund, a progressive veterans group, announced a $1 million push on Friday against Republican congressional candidates in Virginia, Ind...

Amanda Terkel

Romney Campaign Concerned Military Voters May Not Have Their Absentee Ballots Counted | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

On Monday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign sent Wisconsin officials a letter expressing concern that the state is not doing e...

National Veterans Group Targets Republican

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Jeff Flake, is being targeted by a national progressive veterans group following a Democra...

Swiftboating Tammy Duckworth -- Joe Walsh Digs a Deeper Hole

Jon Soltz | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Last week, Congressman Joe Walsh denigrated the years of service his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, has given this nation. It was a new low.

Claire McCaskill Backed By Veterans In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

Vote Vets, a progressive veterans' group, released a new ad on Thursday morning supporting Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in her reelection campaign. T...

GOP Budget Doesn't Even Say the Word "Veteran"

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

That's the choice the Ryan plan presents to America -- do we want to fund the wealthiest Americans and corporations, or keep our promise to our veterans? Ryan and the GOP say the former.

Max J. Rosenthal

Veterans Face Challenges Running For Office | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan George is a stereotype of the soldier turned politician. A retired Air Force general, George flew the famed U-2 spy plane durin...

Army Must Reject Anti-Islam Hate Speaker

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Imagine that a man who said there should be no freedom of religion for Muslims, or Mosques in America, and that America is in a religious war that pits America, a "Christian Nation," against Islam was invited to address our men and women in uniform? Well, it's happening.

Amanda Terkel

Veterans Group Gears Up For 2012 Election | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jon Soltz was one of the first soldiers deployed to Iraq in 2003, and now, he's one of the last to come home, as the U.S. war in Iraq co...

Romney Clueless on Veterans

Ashwin Madia | Posted 01.14.2012 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

Just before the weekend, Mitt Romney held a Veterans Day event in South Carolina. A nice photo op, for sure. Yet, it wasn't the pictures, but his words, that made news.

No, Rep. West, That's Not How We Speak in the Military

Richard Allen Smith | Posted 09.21.2011 | Politics
Richard Allen Smith

It shouldn't be any surprise to anyone that Rep. Allen West (R-FL) went on an unhinged tirade against Representative Debbie Wasserman Shultz this week. The Congressman has a history of being little more than a bully.

Reid Changes the Game on Iraq

Ashwin Madia | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

For years, many lamented that the U.S. decision to invade Iraq detracted from our focus on Afghanistan and made Afghanistan the forgotten war. But now, with a false declaration that combat operations are over in Iraq, the ongoing action there has ironically become the new forgotten war. Yet, we need look no further than the recent spike in violence and American deaths in Iraq to remind us that we are still very much at war in that country. Fifteen Americans died in Iraq in June, making it the deadliest period there for American troops in two years. It is for this reason that Senator Harry Reid's forceful declaration today opposing our continued presence in Iraq should not be understated.

Obama: Fighting a Smarter War on Terror

Ashwin Madia | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.

For Our Troops, Nation, an End of a Chapter

Ashwin Madia | Posted 07.02.2011 | Home
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.

Arms to Libya? Bad Idea

Ashwin Madia | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Ashwin Madia

Introduce arms into Libya now, and we're almost guaranteed that they'll be used against any peace keeping force sent in after current operations end, and Gaddafi is gone. And what then?

Peter King's Hearings Hurt Our Troops

Ashwin Madia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

The hearings are a political show to play to the fringe base, not a real attempt to better our security. And, unfortunately, it comes at the expense of our troops fighting overseas.

Repealing Health Care Law Would Be Anti-Veteran

Ashwin Madia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

Instead of wasting time with political votes, the first act of the new Republican House should be to listen to the cares of veterans. A vote for repeal will be a vote to deny many veterans access to affordable health insurance.

Sam Stein

Leading Iraq War Critic Called Up For A Year Of Military Service In Iraq | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most outspoken critics of the war in Iraq is heading back there on military assignment, likely as part of the last arm of a U.S. mission he...