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A New Low for Dick Cheney

Robert Hoopes | Posted 06.20.2014 | Media
Robert Hoopes

Republicans have a regrettable history of using key political moments for ridiculous publicity. However, for Dick Cheney to take an international crisis and turn it into a self-centered publicity campaign is a new low entirely.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Obama Considers Special Forces To Help In Iraq

AP | By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the...

U.S. Special Forces Quietly Increase Eastern European Presence After Russian Aggression

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

By Peter Apps WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - As NATO refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia's annexation of Crimea, the United...

Interview With a Philosopher: The Crucible of Adversity

Tom Morris | Posted 07.16.2014 | Business
Tom Morris

How do you view adversity? What role does it play in your life? Do you always seek to avoid it? Or will you sometimes take on a challenge that you sus...

U.S. Special Forces Struggle With Record Suicides

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

By Warren Strobel TAMPA, Fla., April 17 (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army...

American Hero Stories: A Navy SEAL

Bill_Robinson | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Bill_Robinson

Thom Shea was a Navy SEAL (Sea, Air & Land) for 23 years. Special Operator, Chief SEAL Shea did three tours (approximately six months each) with SEAL Team Two in Kosovo, Macedonia and the Gulf, as well as two tours with SEAL Team Seven in Iraq and Afghanistan.

David Wood

The Green Beret Whose Strategy Could Have Saved Afghanistan, But Not His Career

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 03.28.2014 | World

A once-promising strategy for stability in Afghanistan ended badly two years ago, along with the career of its author and chief proponent, Army Specia...

Interview With General Banounah

Leena Khan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Teen
Leena Khan

"Once, a poisonous snake bit me on my finger!" He was found and taken to the hospital, where he was confined for nine whole days. General Banounah is lucky to be alive, because apparently, that was an extremely poisonous snake.

Operation Hopeless

Lisa Spinelli | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Lisa Spinelli

An unease grew in John Spinelli, deputy chief of station for the CIA in Mogadishu. His stomach knotted itself into a giant wad of apprehension. Something didn't feel right, but there was no turning back now. He had to move on.

Jon Ward

Green Berets Overcome Loss Of Limbs And Look To Help Others Do Same

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.27.2013 | Good News

WACO, Texas -- Some people see it as a mixed blessing that modern medicine has saved the lives of many soldiers, only to produce huge numbers of amput...

Matt Sledge

Yale To Train Green Berets?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

A Yale University professor currently being criticized for his recent proposal to train U.S. Special Forces in interview techniques has previously con...

How Not to Stage Manage the World

William Bradley | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
William Bradley

I've never been to Mali and know little about it. I have been to neighboring Algeria, but only on its Mediterranean coast. I suspect that is far closer than most of those who are making judgments on Mali today.

The Osama Bin Laden Raid -- What You Don't Know

Michael Kay | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Michael Kay

As an experienced and recently retired assault helicopter pilot and mission commander in the Royal Air Force, I spent 20 years working with UK and U.S. special forces in pursuit of terrorists from Northern Ireland to Kosovo and Macedonia to Baghdad.

Did These Critics Go Too Far?

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 10.13.2012 | Entertainment

The critics have weighed in and -- once again -- they weren't too pleased with this week's entertainment offerings. In music, The Script was calle...

Vice Presidential Debate Highlights Why Paul Ryan Is Clueless On The Afghan War and Foreign Policy

Matt Zeller | Posted 12.12.2012 | DC
Matt Zeller

After last night's debate, it's clear that Paul Ryan has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. As an Afghan War Veteran, I can unequivocally say that he hasn't a clue as to what is going on in Afghanistan.

Does It Matter Whether Osama bin Laden Was Armed?

David Uberti | Posted 10.31.2012 | Politics
David Uberti

If Mark Owen's account -- to be released on Sept. 4 -- is true, it really doesn't change anything. All it does is show that the administration doesn't trust its own public to digest the truth, even with something as easy to swallow as the death of its greatest enemy.

Obama's America: Waiting for Blowback

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The current expansion of U.S. special forces to conduct covert and proxy warfare sacrifices U.S. long term interests in peace, stability and the rule of law for short-term political gain, just as when U.S. "advisers" were sent to Vietnam.

Democratic Candidate Drops Out Of Race, Military Record Questioned

The Huffington Post | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

Democratic congressional candidate Ken Aden dropped out of his bid for a northwest Arkansas seat on Monday, less than two weeks after a local newspape...

A Community's Tough Love

Matt Browner Hamlin | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Matt Browner Hamlin

As a relatively new member of the GORUCK Tough community, I've found the willingness of its members to support each other and the causes we believe in to be rewarding in a way I never expected.

Thousands of Vietnam POWs Fight for Health Insurance

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Scout, Ph.D.

For the last two years, Mr. Khao has contacted every legislator he can, asking for official recognition and veteran's benefits for these thousands of U.S. citizens who were soldiers for the CIA's secret war in Laos. So far nothing has come to pass.

Special Forces on Steroids

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

More military capability equates to more security for the United States. This precept is so deeply embedded in our minds that no one sees a need to state it. Yet it may be false.

Obama Praises Bold Raid While Audience In The Dark

AP | By LOU KESTEN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Good job tonight," President Barack Obama told his Defense chief as he arrived for his annual State of the Union message. Unknown to a...

Big Stink Over Saddam Hussein's Bronze Butt: Iraq Wants It Back

HuffPost Weird News | David Moye | Posted 01.20.2012 | Weird News

Saddam Hussein may have been an ass, but Iraq still wants a former British special forces soldier to give a bronze butt cheek that was part of a toppl...

Medal of Honor Upgrades Are Rare -- and Should Be

Ed Hooper | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics
Ed Hooper

The Medal of Honor is this nation's highest combat award. The process of selection must remain exclusively with the Department of Defense for the medal to retain its valorous prominence -- on Veterans Day 2011 and for generations to come.