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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

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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.

Don't Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes. It Won't Tell.

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

Every taxpayer, business, and government agency in America is supposed to be able to pass a financial audit by the feds, every year. It's the law, so we do our duty. There's one exception: the Pentagon.

Remembering Vietnam, Ministry-of-Truth Style

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

It was our duty, they said. The government wouldn't lie to us. Serving our country would make men of us. We didn't know what war was, but we would find out. And we did. And few of us will ever forget what have commonly been called "the lessons of Vietnam."

Pentagon Confirms Islamic State Captured Bundle Of Supplies Meant For Kurds

Reuters | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday two bundles of military supplies for Kurdish fighters in the Syrian town of Kobani wen...

'Green News Report' - October 21, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Republican candidates continue to dodge the climate change question; Mo...

Post-Election Ferguson: Bipartisan Congress to Demilitarize Police

Michael Shank | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

The time is now to change the way we police America before hundreds of thousands of more pieces of military gear go to main streets across America. The face of America is changing quickly. Let's make sure it's not for the worse.

Why We Need War for a Great Recovery

Harlan Green | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business
Harlan Green

President Obama could cite the urgency to combat the spread of Ebola as well as ISIS in order to spend what is necessary to boost U.S. economic strength now. We have known since the Korean War that governments had to spend to create prosperity in peacetime as well as wartime.

'Green News Report' - October 14, 2014

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Coal wins Kentucky's U.S. Senate debate!; Pentagon warns climate change...