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Global War on Terror

A Look at the Essential Navy SEAL Books of the Global War on Terrorism

Scott DiMarco | Posted 12.10.2014 | Books
Scott DiMarco

With the latest news about controversies of Navy SEAL Mark Owen writing a book about killing Osama bin Laden, and the naming of former SEALs involved in the mission, SEALs are on everyone's mind.

What Are the Differences Between al-Qaeda and IS?

Anders Persson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Anders Persson

IS now controls significant territories in Iraq and Syria, equaling a small European state. At the same time, despite having a nearly identical view of Islam, IS and al-Qaeda are deadly enemies at present, which may confuse people in the West.

The Beheadings Are Bait

Matthew Hoh | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

In our rush to return to war in Iraq we are playing into the Islamic State's hands, just as we played into the hands of al Qaeda in Iraq in 2004 and into Osama bin Laden's larger strategy with our morally disastrous Global War on Terror.

Dear Hillary: 'Don't Do Stupid Stuff' Would've Kept Us Out of Iraq and Vietnam. Pretty Smart, No?

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.18.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama may (or may not) have hugged it out, but there is no mistaking that the former secretary of state is looking to create some distance between herself and the president she served.

The Curious Case of Sgt. Bergdahl and the Not So Curious Case of American Warmongering

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Congressional outcry over President Obama's exchange of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders, is not due to any real or perceived violation of trust or of the law. It is due to the atrocious addiction to warmongering that has plagued our government for longer than we would like to admit.

The Forced Resignation of General Shinseki: Not a Veterans' Affair

Camilo E. Mejia | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Camilo E. Mejia

Having sought medical care from the Miami Veterans Administration hospital for my PTSD, years after my return from the Iraq war, I know from personal experience how detrimental it can be for veterans to have to wait weeks, or months, for much-needed medical attention.

Michael McAuliff

Will Congress Act To End Endless War?

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Congress granted President George W. Bush authority to go to war against the perpetrators of 9/11 and their supporters shortly afte...

The US Is Failing Its Friends and Allies

Matt Zeller | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Matt Zeller

I was a guest in their country and they took incredible care of me. And this is how we repay them -- with continuous bureaucratic ineptitude.

A Rogue Superpower

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In the years before 9/11, the U.S. focused its global attentions on what it then called "rogue states." The U.S. now resembles a rogue superpower to an increasingly resistant and restless world.

How Does the Global War on Terror Ever End?

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jeremy Scahill

No one can scientifically predict the future consequences of drone strikes, cruise missile attacks, and night raids. But from my experience in several undeclared war zones across the globe, it seems clear that the United States is helping to breed a new generation of enemies.

Presidential Pardon for Bradley Manning? | An Interview with Jill Stein

Dennis Trainor | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

The Green Shadow Cabinet calls on President Obama to pardon Bradley Manning for his courageous work exposing U.S. war crimes and State Department deception

America: Still 'at War' in a Global Free-Fire Zone

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Another president has now assured us that someday, in a distant future, in a way that we might not even notice, we might possibly find ourselves approaching the sort-of-end of what will have been a 20- or 30-year conflict.

Naming Our Nameless War

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Although Washington seems in no hurry to name its nameless war, perhaps we should jump-start the process. Let's consider some possible options, names that might actually explain what's going on.

My Nightmare Comes Home

Matt Zeller | Posted 06.16.2013 | DC
Matt Zeller

Watching the television coverage of the Boston Marathon attacks, I found myself thrown five years back to a battlefield in Afghanistan. I've spoken with numerous veterans today and all echoed the same fear -- the tactics of our enemies abroad may finally have followed us home.

How to Turn a World Lacking in Enemies Into the Most Threatening Place in the Universe

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Had you been able to time-travel back to the Cold War era to inform Americans that, in the future, our major enemies would be in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Libya, and so on, they would surely have thought you mad (or lucky indeed).

Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

David Vine | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
David Vine

How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet with its bases and troops? How much does it spend on its global presence?

Military Intervention in Mali: Military Logistics and Human Costs

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst equipment, intelligence, training and support from American, British and French special forces will add steel to the operation, it will nevertheless involve difficult desert fighting conditions against a well-armed enemy.

America As Self-Declared Victim

Michael Brenner | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

We have made torture a national policy, we have besmirched our good name in the eyes of the world, we have been passive accessories in repealing some of our most cherished liberties, we lie with impunity and we accept lies from our rulers as natural and necessary.

Troops Out, Now What?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 05.29.2012 | College
American Anthropological Association

Militarism in the U.S. seems to have a gravitational force pulling a wide array of resources and sectors into its orbit. Our involvement with Iraq serves as a case study for how deeply rooted militarism is in American culture and political life.

Scoring the Global War on Terror

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 04.21.2012 | World
Andrew Bacevich

With the United States now well into the second decade of what the Pentagon has styled an "era of persistent conflict," the war formerly known as the global war on terrorism (unofficial acronym WFKATGWOT) appears increasingly fragmented and diffuse.

Most Americans Want to Support Troops, They Just Don't Know How

Torrey Shannon | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Torrey Shannon

Less than 1% of our American population is serving in the military. The other 99% of Americans must -- and need -- to do their part. A yellow ribbon bumper sticker just won't cut it anymore.

Six Things to Grieve on 9/11 Anniversary

Lisa Schirch | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Lisa Schirch

Without any real public deliberation or contemplation, the U.S. rolled out the Global War on Terror playbook that instead of bringing security, has brought an expanded list of reasons to grieve and things to think about on this anniversary.

35,000 Convicted For Terror Offenses Worldwide Since 9/11

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 11.03.2011 | World

At least 35,000 people worldwide have been convicted as terrorists in the decade since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. But while some bombe...

Republican Debt Ceiling Tactics Hold National Interest Hostage

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

In any reasonable negotiation, both sides can assume that certain outcomes can safely be ruled out, chief among them the possibility that one party wi...

Terrorism Where We Least Expect It

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.31.2011 | World
Paul Heroux

President Bush used to say that terrorists hate freedom. Actually, terrorists use freedom, need freedom and have exploited freedom.