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Albert Snyder, Marine Father, Wages Court Battle Against Funeral Protests

AP | BEN NUCKOLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

YORK, Pa. — Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carrie...

PR Win for the Military. But What About the Victims?

Martin Luz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Martin Luz

CNN has been airing a story about how Marines are trained to avoid civilian casualties in densely populated areas. Back in my PR days, this kind of "hit" would have been cause for celebration.

Yellow Ribbon Stickers: they aren't working (and neither are a lot of veterans)

Clint Van Winkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clint Van Winkle

It's easy to say you support the troops, but numbers prove that the support often stops with the placement of a yellow ribbon on the back of a car. 1...

Jarhead Makes a Movie

Clint Van Winkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Clint Van Winkle

I attended a crash course in film making geared towards giving five fellows, all Iraq and/or Afghanistan combat veterans, a basic foundation that would allow us to write/produce/direct our very own documentaries.

Pentagon 'Mentor' Overhaul: Retired Officers Must Disclose Business Ties

USA Today | Tom Vanden Brook and Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon's use of retired senior officers to advise the military, ...

Good Night Sweet Prince: Tribute to a Marine

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kristen Houghton

He was a solid Marine. BJ's life revolved around three things: his wife Diana Schulte Hudnall, his family and friends and being the best Marine he could. A good life and one worth living.

Father Of Dead Marine Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Westobro Baptist Church Protesters

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Newsmax reports that Bill O'Reilly will pick up the tab for the legal fees, calling the situation an outrage: That is an outrage," he said. "I will...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...