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Cheney: Wrong on Iraq, Right on Torture?

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney was surprisingly persuasive in an emotionally charged Meet the Press appearance Sunday morning. All those Howar...

Hagel in Obamaland

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

Unless the administration leaps back through the looking glass to the real world, the next two years will be grim. Chuck Hagel's departure will not change that forecast. And neither will Dr. Carter's nomination allow an escape from Obamaland-- no matter his qualifications.

Obama To Announce Defense Secretary Pick Friday

AP | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to announce his pick Friday to lead the Pentagon amid the threat from Islamic State militants in Syri...

Hagel and Beyond: Obama's Pentagon Problem Is More A White House Problem

William Bradley | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

More than a week after his sudden ditching of Defense Secretary and would-be fall guy Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama finally seems to have a nominee for the post which other leading candidates promptly turned down.

The New Defense Secretary and Guantanamo Bay

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

When President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joseph Biden at the side of the stage, announced the resignation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary on November 24, it came as a surprise to many people in the Washington, DC area.

Managing the Pentagon in 2015: Challenges for the Next Defense Secretary

David W. Kearn | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
David W. Kearn

Given the uncertain and complex nature of the international security environment and the dysfunctional politics of Washington, the next Secretary faces a truly daunting set of tasks.

Obama's Uneasy Relationship With The Pentagon

AP | By JULIE PACE and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a trip to Afghanistan during President Barack Obama's first term, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was stunned to find a telephon...

Pentagon Newspeak

Stanley Kutler | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

The Pentagon has launched a 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War to provide "historically accurate materials" for schoolchildren. Get 'em young.

Hagel Farewell

Jeff Danziger | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


An Open Letter of Apology to the United States of America

Brian Joyce | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media
Brian Joyce

The media was wrong, and the White House was right. Still, many of us in the media won't admit it. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to you. We should probably make a better effort to understand policy, before we attempt to comment on it. And we should probably also admit, once and for all, that the President was born in America.

Hagel's Departure Should Open Debate on Obama's Wars

Medea Benjamin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was supposed to steer the Pentagon away from a decade of war, including bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan and paving the way for a reduction in the Pentagon budget.

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year.

Obama's Regime Change Strategy in Syria Will Only Strengthen ISIL

Michael Hughes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Michael Hughes

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Obama is looking to one-up George W. Bush in the toppling of dictators' category as he redoubles efforts to overthrow the Syrian government. Unfortunately, Obama's obsession to effect regime change in Damascus will likely only bolster the Islamic State, which happens to be a sworn enemy of Assad the Apostate.

Don't Throw Billions at an Obsolete Nuclear Arsenal

William Hartung | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Before we spend billions on various short-term fixes to the Pentagon's existing nuclear enterprise, let's rethink the hundreds of billions the department wants to spend on nuclear weapons we don't need at prices we can't afford.

Embracing Who You Are

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.14.2014 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Today, teaching Black children that they don't have to have straight hair or look like anyone else or stop being who they are in order to be accepted is another way of reaffirming that they are already perfect exactly the way God made them.

Speaking Out Against the Militarization of Police

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

In a fundamentally misguided effort to stop Americans from using drugs in the 1990s, Congress allowed the DOD to provide surplus military equipment -- often from warzones overseas -- to local police for free. To date, more than $5 billion in this equipment has been transferred.

El Salvador Still Deserves Justice

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

I await the day when the United States will recognize its own responsibility for the suffering and sorrow of so many families throughout Latin America, including El Salvador, ask forgiveness, and as an act of reconciliation, close the WHINSEC.

Peace as a Human Right

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's our job, not God's, to create the new story of who we are, and millions -- billions -- of people fervently wish we could do so. The problem is that the worst of our nature is better organized than the best of it.

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

Another 58.6 Billion for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan?

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

If people in the U.S. could become knowledgeable and well-educated about the world being shaped in their name, about the lives and hopes being disfigured by U.S. wars and weapons, they might resist pouring crucially needed resources down the rat hole of military spending.

Cyber Retaliation: A Byte for a Byte?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 11.06.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems The Pentagon has Plan X --a scheme to retaliate against cyber attacks. No one knows...

The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

William Hartung | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

The next time the Pentagon congratulates itself on another "good year" for arms transfers, Congress, the public, and the press should take a closer look at how those arms are being used. Being the world's leading arms trading nation is nothing to brag about.

Climate Change This Week: Coal's Creepy Cancer, Saving Capitalism From Polluters and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 11.01.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Ari Phillips at Climate Progress. Three major companies - Cisco Systems, 3M, and Kimberly Clark - announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Sunny news, indeed!

Hawks Demand More Military Spending Than During Cold War: Stop Squandering 'Defense' Dollars on Other Nations

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America does not spend too little on the military. Rather, Washington attempts to do too much with the amount that it spends on the military. America's policy of promiscuous foreign intervention would be foolish even if it was not costly. But it is both.

Our Inherent Resolve to Name the Campaign Against ISIS

Kipp Friedman | Posted 10.23.2014 | Comedy
Kipp Friedman

As you know, we have been tasked by POTUS with coming up with a new nickname for our operation against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.