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Rob Diamond

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Sarah Palin vs. Admiral Mullen over New START

(14) Comments | Posted November 15, 2010 | 6:43 PM

Sarah "Barracuda" has done it again. In her 24/7, at-any-cost quest to stay in the media spotlight--and thus, by her calculation, relevant--Sarah Palin has found time away from both her new TLC reality/wilderness show "Sarah Palin's Alaska" (think "Jon & Kate Plus 8" meets "

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5,787 Reasons to Vote

(7) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 2:10 PM

Today is Election Day. Unless you are living in a cave, or your name is Charlie Sheen, you probably knew that already. The candidate commercials have been endless and fierce, the mailers are piled high on the table, and press coverage of this critical and close midterm election has been...

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This Iraq Veteran says "Thank You, Mr. President"

(19) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 1:53 PM

Watching President Obama address the nation from the Oval Office last night to formally end combat operations in Iraq was a deeply personal moment for me. The end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, after more than seven years of combat, unquestionably marks a turning point in the history of our country...

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GOP: Ground Zero Hypocrites

(2) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 9:41 PM

Over the past few weeks the GOP's elected leadership--and many of its likely 2012 presidential candidates--have not hesitated to run full steam into the debate over whether a proposed Islamic center that includes a mosque should be built two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan.

Their arguments have ranged...

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Securing America's Energy Future

(17) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 11:52 AM

Watching tens of thousands of gallons spew daily into the Gulf of Mexico, wreaking economic havoc and environmental catastrophe on the Gulf Coast, is only latest -- and the largest -- shock to our country courtesy of our addiction to and dependence on oil. Conservative estimates by both the government...

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Memorial Day Tribute: A Hero For Our Time

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2010 | 8:38 AM

Memorial Day, by definition, is a long weekend celebrated towards the end of May that is meant to mark the beginning of the summer season with visits to the beach, family BBQ's and "Sex and the City 2."

Let's start over.

Memorial Day, by definition, is a...

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Why the Conservatives are Exploiting and Attacking our Military

(68) Comments | Posted April 1, 2010 | 5:27 PM

Sandra Bullock is not the only person in the midst of an ugly break-up these days. For decades, conservatives have prided themselves for their devotion to the armed services. Yet, in recent months, the right has gotten mean in its attacks on our military leadership and is even exploiting our...

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Glenn Beck Uses Fallen Military Heroes as Tea Party Cover Story -- Part II

(33) Comments | Posted March 9, 2010 | 12:46 PM

Yesterday I posted an article about Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally and his immoral and unethical use of the military-related charity Special Operation Warrior Foundation (SOWF) to raise money for that rally.

Well, we are just beginning to scratch the surface on the deception that is at play...

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Glenn Beck -- "Restoring Honor" or Exploiting a Noble Veterans Charity?

(14) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 3:04 PM

I received an email Monday morning that stopped me in my tracks. It contained a link to the seemingly noble organization called the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) -- a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, federally registered charity whose own mission statement says:

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full...
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The GOP's Stealth Scandal: A Government Shutdown (Part Deux)

(39) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 5:20 PM

If you have been able to pull yourself away from the Olympics, you may have noticed that an entire branch of our federal government has shut down--and it is not due to Washington, D.C.'s record snowfall. I am talking specifically about our Congress, and its inability to pass any legislation...

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Republicans Use Military as a Stage Prop (Yet Again)... And This Time May Break the Law

(43) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 11:22 AM

You did not have to be paying much attention during last night's Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address to notice a young Army Staff Sergeant in full dress uniform seated prominently right behind Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and enthusiastically applauding and cheering at the Governor's attacks...

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Taking the Mission to Secure America to Copenhagen

(3) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 9:10 AM

Next week we will board a flight with a group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to fly to Copenhagen and wage a battle that will help address a threat to our national security. Our plan of action does not involve the Danish military, but instead involves the negotiators who are...

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Present at the Cremation: The Long, Slow Death of the GOP?

(25) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 12:35 PM

Nowhere is it written that major political parties will live forever. In fact, over the course of the first 100 years of our country's history, Americans saw the rise and fall of numerous nationally powerful political parties. The Federalists and Democratic-Republicans ruled the day in the late 18th and early...

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Afghanistan: The Re-"Right" of History ... or ... Let's Not Forget Who Got Us Here

(7) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 5:04 PM

The debate over the strategy and size of America's military and diplomatic involvement in Afghanistan/Pakistan is in full swing. As we approach a major presidential decision on the future of the military force structure in Afghanistan, the only consensus there seems to be among serious experts on this region...

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Bridging the Fighter Gap -- U.S. Navy Has Solution: Buy More Super Hornets!

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 12:37 PM

There is an old-fashioned showdown taking place in the halls of the Pentagon and Capitol Hill right now. Officials are concerned about the emergence of a so-called "fighter gap" in the U.S. Navy. The gap refers to a projected shortfall in the number of strike-fighter aircraft the Navy requires to...

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We Need a Truth Commission on Torture...with Immunity for All

(6) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 4:59 PM

Ask any member of the United States Armed Forces to show you their military identification card, and you will notice on the front of that ID, at the bottom and in clear print, the words "Geneva Conventions Identification Card." I carried one of these military ID's for 11 years, and...

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