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Obama's DADT Policy: Smoke, Mirrors and Cowardice

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

The president is trying to have the judge's ruling against DADT challenged while simultaneously pretending that he doesn't the authority to end discrimination based on sexual orientation.

A Message to President Hu Jintao: Three Steps for China to Attain Superpower Status

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Takahashi

Whether in the U.S. or in the Orient, the media treats China as an aggressive bully.

Some Inescapable Truths

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

It will be 21st Century railcars, powered by electricity, that will liberate us locally, regionally and nationally from our gas-guzzling, single-passenger coffins that make our existing roads nightmares, day and night.

Obama's "Don't Blame Me" Policy

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

President Truman's ordered the integration of the armed forces by issuing Executive Order 9981 in 1948. Congressional approval was not required in 19...

The Tea Party's Worst Nightmare: Ike

Toby Barlow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Toby Barlow

We know what Glenn and Sarah hate. We know what all the Tea Party candidates hate. They hate taxes. They hate Big Government. They want to see our gre...

Republican Hypocrisy and the Proposed Islamic Center

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

It appears that, for the far right, the import of local opinion and the ability for local communities to make decisions for themselves only applies in communities that agree with the values of the far right.

A Mosque at Ground Zero and the Source of American Greatness

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

The debate over the proposed building of an Islamic center and mosque a few blocks from "Ground Zero" has resulted in off the charts displays of demag...

Summer News Coverage: Usual Fare for First Families

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

Here are just a few of the news stories involving the president and his family over the course of the summer: • In June the president assured the ...

McChrystal Clear: When Warriors Are Faced With Politics

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.

Washington May Be Broken Now, But the Future Is Up for Grabs

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Politics is ugly, always has been but the framers invented a government that would embody all the messy contradictions without threatening the collapse of the system.

CON GAMES: Military-Industrial Complex @ 50

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

I can't tell you why, and I can't tell you where, but I can tell you that I spent an exceedingly comfortable evening having cocktails in the company of the American military-industrial complex.

A Day in Life of the Military-Industrial Complex

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that InsideDefense delivers the goods about military strategy and spending, warts and all, good or bad.

The Next War

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"The next war" has begun, suddenly, to take shape in the media. No public input needed! We're the spectators here. Stay tuned. We'll bring it to you live.

Is Obama Set on an Iran Strike?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

As his Afghanistan policy has demonstrated, Obama seems to lack the power and the will to resist the hawks in Washington and has probably concluded that if you cannot beat them, joining them is the next best option.

Of Presidents and Men

Barry Bortnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Barry Bortnick

Now that the Ruskies are once more spying on the United States and using their sex-crazed models to destroy Mel Gibson, America must rely on strength and power to save our precious union.

I'm Old Enough to Remember When the Epithet 'Fascist' Had Meaning

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

Never mind that fascists and communists are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, those who hurl these words like curses at the president diminish their value much like the overuse of the F-word diminishes its worth.

Reagan and Two Bushes: The Only Growth of Debt/GDP Ratios in Post-War History

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If the country is really looking for a recipe to reverse growth in debt/GDP ratios, bowing at the altar of St. Ronald is not exactly the economic religion we need.

Why Washington Is More Right-Wing Than the Rest of the Country

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Being against corporate control of our democracy shouldn't be a liberal position. It should be a universal position. It's not that multi-national corporations are evil, it's just that they're amoral.

The Self-Destruction of the Republican Party

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

From a political standpoint, the Tea Party extremists are a godsend for Democratic politicians, since they offer up candidates like Rand Paul, who are the poster children for regressive, even racist, political ideologies.

Give Me Liberty or Keep Me Safe!

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today, our new cry seems to be "Give me liberty or keep me safe": safe, that is, from the big, bad, terrorist wolf.

The New Public Option

Michael Bendetson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Bendetson

There is nothing more important to our economy than public education. If we can find money for bankers and auto dealers, we can find money for our students.

Help! What's the Cure for Financial Insanity?

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

The American people sense something is really wrong. They're angry at Wall Street and anyone in its pocket. It's taken a while, but the truth is seeping in.

Lessons in American Leadership, on Presidents Day 2010

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

Almost every president we have elected in the past seven decades has sought to advance the fortunes of the US empire and the free world. Their lessons in governance, for good and ill, are our lessons.

Preserving the 'Golden Rule'

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lawrence Wittner

he remarkable story of the Golden Rule began in the late 1950s, as the world public grew increasingly concerned about preparations for nuclear war.

Talking the Talk: An Exercise in Irony From West Point to Oslo

Eugene Jarecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Jarecki

If Barack Obama were truly seeking to apply Eisenhower's wisdom, he would need to examine whether his Afghan plan is not the very kind of "spectacular and costly action" against which Eisenhower once warned.