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The Obama Tactic

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The American public isn't exactly strongly supportive of Obama's foreign policy right now, but one thing the public really doesn't support is getting involved with any of the various conflicts raging over there. We are still -- again, according to the polls -- a pretty war-weary nation.

U.S. Military Members Have Higher Rates Of Childhood Trauma: Study

Associated Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say...

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Today, the U.S. looks less like a functioning and effective empire than an imperial basket case, unable to bring its massive power to bear effectively from Germany to Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to the South China Sea, the Crimea to Africa.

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

Generation War: Innocence Drowned

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Corinna Clendenen

If you ever wonder just how thin the veneer of civilization is, Generation War is a testament to the illusion of man's moral evolution.

Why Washington Can't Stop

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's military plans and tactics since 9/11 have been a spectacular train wreck. But lessons learned from the collapse of war policy? Don't count on it.

A War Story Is a Love Story, Anyway

Lea Carpenter | Posted 09.26.2013 | Women
Lea Carpenter

I'd never thought to map my father's life by experiences he'd had before I was born. Yet of course he'd had experiences, and some of those had been in the field of military intelligence.

America's Invisible Empire of Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

You can watch our TV news for months and not have the slightest clue that we are the most militarized of global landlords and that this is the face we present to much of the world.

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Why are we in Afghanistan? I really don't know anymore. We fear -- with some real cause -- that "Islamists" hate America and want to bring us down. But does that fear justify committing atrocities ourselves?

Ron Paul and the Social Contract

Dovid Efune | Posted 03.16.2012 | Politics
Dovid Efune

The problem with Ron Paul's anarchistic foreign policy approach is far more fundamental than the loss of economic aid to or the withdrawal of troops from any particular country.

What It's Like Having Parents In The Military

About the authors: Matt is a junior at Evanston Township High School and Britni is a senior at Glenbrook North High School. Both are student reporters...

A Chinese Century? Not Quite

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

China will not easily capture hearts and minds. They will be an economic superpower only. The Chinese are ethnocentric and in large ways and small, an instinct to narrowly defend interests can be off putting.

Let Guam Decide Its Own Fate

Jim Haw | Posted 09.27.2011 | Green
Jim Haw

The Pentagon wants to convert an American tropical paradise in the western Pacific into a military strip mall. And the people who live on the island lack the legal standing to resist the environmental disaster heading their way.

My Easter Letter To The IRS

Shane Claiborne | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

It has been hard for me to navigate what to do as tax season approaches, with so much of our federal tax money going toward militarism.

Conan: New Ad Shows Our Military Is Stretched A Little Thin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

A lot of people are expressing frustration with the U.S. entering into another war thanks to its air strikes against Libya. But when you think about...

Veterans Day 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In honor of Veterans Day 2010, we've gathered images and profiles of incredible United Stated soldiers who have received the coveted Congressional Med...

The New Strategy for Obama's War: Precision Power

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mayhill Fowler

There is nothing like the convergence of two equally unpleasant scenarios -- in this case the danger in Pakistan and American forces settling further into Afghanistan -- to sharpen a leader's mind.

U.S. Advisor's Memo On Iraq: Time To "Go Home"

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A senior American military adviser in Baghdad has concluded in an unusually blunt memo that the Iraqi forces suffer from deeply entrenched deficiencie...

Turkey, US Begin Talks On Iraq-Exit Strategy

Hurriyet Daily News | Zeynep Gurcanli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Turkey and the U.S. have officially began preliminary talks on the use of Turkish soil for the transfer of American troops, arms and other logistic eq...