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Is the DREAM Act a Military Recruiter's Dream, Too? (VIDEO)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.

The F Word: Baby Steps Towards Equality

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's over a year into an Obama administration, and already that word "compromise" has been heard too much. Yet when the news hit Monday night that the...

Marine Corps General James Conway: Marines Would Not Be 'Forced' To Live With Gay Soldiers

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps' commandant said he won't force his troops to bunk with gays on base and would give them separate rooms if Congres...

Robert Cottle, LAPD Officer, Killed In Afghanistan

Los Angeles Times | Joel Rubin and Tony Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

A member of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite SWAT unit, who also served as a U.S. Marine, was killed Wednesday in Afghanistan by a roadside b...

Richard Blumenthal Apologizes For Statements About Vietnam War Service

AP | SUSAN HAIGH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. — Criticized for saying he "regrets" misstatements he made about his military service during the Vietnam War, Connecticut Senate...

Is America a World Monster?

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

When it comes to foreign policy, America has two choices: Either do what is in its owns interests or do what is ethical. Only on rare occasions that these two roadmaps intersect.

Richard Blumenthal Wins Connecticut Democratic Nomination For Senate

AP | SUSAN HAIGH and PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Republicans have endorsed former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon for the U.S. Senate seat be...

After the Afghan Summit: Five Key Things To Know About Obama's Problematic Plans

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

The bottom line in Afghanistan is that clearly, some major elements of the Obama strategy are not adding up. And some things that are working may simply be unsustainable.

The Sorrows of War: A Review of Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

Rick Ayers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Rick Ayers

There are powerful and important insights here, moments of beauty and horror that are stunning. Ultimately, though, Matterhorn fails -- as a novel and as a reflection on that terrible war.

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.