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Friday Talking Points [133] -- The Silly Season Begins

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

August in Washington means the beginning of the official "silly season" of politics. This is because Congress takes the whole month off, and politica...

Jason Linkins

Ground Zero Mosque Opponents Must Not Have Heard About Muslims At The Pentagon

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

One of the best ways of demonstrating that the frantic slavering over "Ground Zero mosques" is nothing but a ridiculous display of pearl-clutchery is ...

Pentagon To Wikileaks: Give Us Our Leaked Documents Back

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon demanded Thursday that a website that solicits leaked government secrets cancel any plan to publish more classified mi...

U.S. Military BANNED From Viewing WikiLeaks

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Pentagon has banned the U.S. military from viewing anything related to WikiLeaks, the website for whistleblowers which controversially released th...

More Swill From the Pentagon Budget Busters

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Having participated avidly in driving our military forces into the ground, the members of a recently released defense review report have proposed that more of the same is inadequate; they want much more of the same.

What it Says About Us When a 17-Month-Old Boy Is Beaten to Death for "Acting Like a Girl"

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

The beating death of 17-month-old Roy Jones was no less a hate crime because the victim was a baby; whether would have grown up to be transgender is irrelevant.

Time Pictures Afghan Women, Obscures Realities of Endless War

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

Ask whose interests are served by the rationalization of war through perverse appeals to gendered, racialized pity. A moving image can muddle more than it clarifies when the background is underexposed.

Pentagon in Asia: Use It or Lose It

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2011 | World
John Feffer

When we conduct military exercises on China's doorstep, and within range of a clearly unhappy North Korea, we might be unwittingly starting something that we neither want to nor are able to finish.

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I have wondered why the White House hasn't been making some political hay over the success of the withdrawal timetable in Iraq. But I now see they wanted to roll this news out when people were actually paying attention.

Wikileaks Link Admitted By MIT Grad: Man, 23, Denies Helping Accused Soldier

The Boston Globe | David Abel | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A recent MIT graduate acknowledged yesterday that he met and exchanged multiple e-mails with the Army private accused of providing thousands of classi...

America's Iraqi Strategic Blunder

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

Even in 2002, in the midst of the fear campaign unleashed by Bush's White House to create public support for an invasion of Iraq, credible voices in the American mainstream questioned the claims.

Senate Committee Expected To Approve Intelligence Chief Nominee

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's nominee to be chief of U.S. intelligence, James R. Clapper, is expected to be approved by the Senate Intel...

WikiLeaks Founder: Document Leak 'Only Scratched The Surface'

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: Wikileaks: 15,000+ more Afghan documents under review. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said the documents released Sunday "o...

Pentagon Has Launched 'Very Robust Investigation' Into Wikileaks Leaker

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A Pentagon spokesman says the Army is leading the Pentagon's inquiry into the source of leaked classified intelligence logs from th...

UN Official To Ask U.S. To Stop CIA Drone Attacks, Limit Use To Military

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes ag...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Votes Exist, Say Democrats

The Hill | Roxana Tiron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawmakers and gay-rights activists predicted Wednesday that both the Senate and House will have enough votes to repeal the "Don't ask, don't tell" law...

Pentagon Child Porn Scandal: Security Agencies Were Left At Risk, Investigators Say

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A major federal investigation has found that dozens of military officials and defense contractors, including some with top-level securit...

Shadow Elite: Selling Out Uncle Sam & Outsourcing American Power

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

When information that is supposedly of and for government is in private hands, the power of that information can be used to serve private agendas with the risk of corporate and private players influencing policy to suit those agendas.

More Than 1,000 National Guard Troops Heading To U.S.-Mexico Border

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — National Guard troops will head to the U.S.-Mexico border Aug. 1 for a yearlong deployment to keep a lookout for illegal border cro...

A Way Forward: Reexamining the Pentagon's Spending Habits

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

The costs of war and the costs of preparing for war continue to soar, even in the midst of protracted economic recession and deep anxiety about the future.

Jason Linkins

Pentagon Issues Guidelines On Media Relations, SecDef Gates: 'The Press Is Not The Enemy'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Pentagon continues to profess that it's not going into a bunker mentality, as far as the press is concerned. They continue to take the lead from Defense Secretary Gates, who says he aims to be "straightforward and cooperative" with the media.

Navy Weighs Ship's Design, Along With Its Own Future

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This summer, the Navy expects to choose between two competing designs for the Littoral Combat Ship, a fast, shore-hugging warship that will take on 21...

U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Say Rules Of Engagement Are 'Too Restrictive'

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff and Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: Afghan companies allegedly owed millions by U.S. firms. According to a NATO official, American contractors hired by the Penta...

Robert Gates Says Urgent Need For Big Cuts At Defense Department

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ABILENE, Kan. — Warring against waste, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday he is ordering a top-to-bottom paring of the military bureau...

Pentagon Pleading With Congress To Stop Spending So Much Money On The Troops

Washington Post | Craig Whitlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Pentagon, not usually known for its frugality, is pleading with Congress to stop spending so much money on the troops. ...