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John Sheehan, Retired US General, Links Gays In Military To Genocide In Bosnia

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A retired U.S. general says Dutch troops failed to defend against the 1995 genocide in the Bosnian war because the army was weakene...

Column: Anti-Gay Pastor Shouldn't Be Allowed To Protest At Marine's Funeral

Philadelphia Inquirer | Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Army's Training Ability 'At Risk' Because Of Iraq And Afghanistan Wars, General Dempsey Warns

McClatchy | Nancy a Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Army's ability to train its forces is "increasingly at risk" because of the nation's protracted commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan,...

Pentagon Changes Rule, Allows Soldiers To Use Twitter, Facebook

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Everyone from troops in the field to the highest brass and civilian leaders will be allowed to Twitter, blog and use Facebook and o...

US Soldiers Shoot Bomber, Grenade Explodes In His Hands (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

U.S. soldiers surrounded and shot dead a would-be bomber in what looks to be Iraq, in this stark video posted on LiveLeak. The man has a grenade and ...

Mullen Finds No Resistance Among Soldiers To Gays Serving Openly In The Military

McClatchy | Nancy A. Youssef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AMMAN, Jordan -- Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nearing the end of a 25-minute question and answer session w...

SOLDIER TO POET: An Exchange

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Muske-Dukes

We cannot get away from the romanticism of war -- indeed, we romanticize it every day, even as we curse the notion. And this war is epic, to be sure. Think back to the first act in this play.

Operation Moshtarak: NATO Launches Major Afghan Offensive

Reuters | Golnar Motevalli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - U.S.-led NATO troops launched a crucial offensive on Saturday against the Taliban's last big stronghold in Afghanistan...

Marines Push New Vehicles 'The Breachers' Against Taliban Lines

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SISTANI, Afghanistan — In comes "The Joker." That's the nickname given by the crew to one of the 72-ton, 40-foot (12-meter)-long Assault Breach...

Marjah Battle: Gunfire Between Marines, Taliban Foreshadows Major Afghanistan Fight

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEAR MARJAH, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan forces ringed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, sealing off escape routes and setting the...

John P. Murtha, Man in the Arena

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Max Cleland coined the slogan: "We got your back, Jack" and the constituents demonstrated they did indeed.

Biggest Afghanistan Battle Looms

AP | ALFRED de MONTESQUIOU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — U.S. troops and their Afghan and NATO allies are planning their biggest joint offensive since the Afghan war's s...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Plan Coming From Pentagon Next Week

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will unveil steps next week that the military will take to lay the ground for a repeal of its "don't ask, don't te...

Levin: Obama To Discuss Don't Ask, Don't Tell During State Of The Union Speech

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is expected to talk about the "Don't ask, don't tell" rule that bars openly gay Americans from serving i...

US Military To Review Veterans Discharged With PTSD

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A military review could bring millions of dollars in benefits to thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged with post-tr...

Crusades, Afghanistan, and the Unnecessary Risk to Our Troops

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doon Baqi

Whatever our reasons are for being there, the Muslim natives see Americans as Crusaders who are there to convert them to Christianity and make them stray from their own faith and belief.

US Marines End Role In Iraq, Biden Holds Talks In Baghdad

AP | ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMADI, Iraq — The U.S. Marines marked the end of nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday by handing the Army their command of Anbar province, on...

Give Back to Those who Give

Simon Sinek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Simon Sinek

There is an intensity of seeing young soldiers on stretchers being stacked on racks in the belly of what looks like a flying warehouse. What I didn't expect was how valuable simply saying thank you was.

Marine Who Staged His Own Disappearance Spared Felony Charges

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Lance Hering, the troubled former Marine who triggered the most expensive man-hunt in Boulder County history when he staged his own disappearance in A...

Glock Around The Clock... Twitter, Guns and Gambling Tarnish US Image

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

With NBA commissioner David Stern suspending Gilbert Arenas, the media has forgotten that this party got started thanks to Twitter.

Mullen Expects Casualties To Rise In Afghanistan

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — The nation's highest-ranking military officer told soldiers and Marines on Monday that the insurgency in Afghanistan has gr...

A Letter to the President

Ron Kovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Kovic

Many of us who served in Vietnam promised ourselves long ago that we would never again allow what happened to us in that war to ever happen again. We have an obligation to protest. To speak out.

Joseph Rocha: Gay Former Sailor Details Abuse In Navy Despite Keeping His Sexuality A Secret

Washington Post | Joseph Rocha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I was 18 years old when I landed in the kingdom of Bahrain, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, in the winter of 2005. It was the first time I'd ever left ...

Army Record Suicide Rate Continues, and Will Continue for Some Time

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The Army reported that suicides are yet again at an all time high. This isn't to say every soldier deployed frequently and for long periods will kill him or herself. But there's a "significant link" for many of those who do.

Dan Marino Hoping To Make Feature Film Of Marine's Life

Fanhouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports

Football forever altered the course of Brian Stokes' life, but not until after he had served two tours in Iraq as a Marine. His military experience...