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The American Cult of Bombing

William Astore | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Astore

It's bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb if not (yet) Iran... then Iraq, or Pakistan, or Libya, or Yemen, or (insert intransigent foreign country/peoples here). And like cults everywhere, it's best not to question the core belief and practices of its leaders -- after all, bombs bursting in air is now as American as the "Star Spangled Banner."

The Islamic State Is 'Barbaric,' but What About the U.S. and Israel?

Craig Considine | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Craig Considine

An Aug. 12 headline from Fox News read "Islamic State's shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act." The sub-heading of the article went on to c...

High Praise for Robin Williams

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Dorian de Wind

As retired military, I tremendously appreciate all Williams did for our troops and that he was my favorite actor and comedian -- a beautiful person whom I'll terribly miss.

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

RIMPAC in the Rear-View Mirror

Jon Letman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

This year's RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) maritime military exercises have ended, and any attention we've given the biennial war games will quickly turn elsewhere. But before we let RIMPAC drop from view, it's worth pausing to consider what we've just witnessed (or not witnessed, since most of the RIMPAC takes place out of sight).

Navy Vet Turned Teacher Simulates Homelessness For A Month To Raise Awareness, Funds

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

Thomas Rebman said spending a month living as if he were homeless was the hardest thing he has ever done -- a profound statement coming from a vetera...

This Company Lures Needy Service Members Into Debt And Then Sues Them

Washington Post | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact

Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer. Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled i...

The Military Battles Climate Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a nod to the fact that the conversation has reached a partisan and polarized level, the Board maintained that this tangible "national security concern" cannot afford to get bogged down by politics or budget wrangling.

U.S. Military Members Have Higher Rates Of Childhood Trauma: Study

Associated Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say...

The Bonus Marchers Anniversary and Veterans in America

Roger Fisk | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

Veterans and patriotism are almost interchangeable, but peeling away the veneer reveals the conflicted relationship America has with its vets.

U.S. Military May Be The Strongest Force In Battle Against Climate Change

Ryan Rafaty | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Rafaty

The most technologically advanced military in the world cannot afford to abandon scientific rationality when its fundamental power and interests are at stake.

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

One Crucial Factor We May Be Overlooking In How We Help Vets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact

Sebastian Junger says many military members actually miss war when they return home, but what they miss most is the "opposite" of battle. The Ameri...

U.S. Discloses Secret Somalia Military Presence

Reuters | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, July 2(Reuters) - U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washingto...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

Cindy Sheehan: Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Controversy

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable.

Surprise: U.S.-China Military Ties Are Actually Improving

Shannon Tiezzi | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Shannon Tiezzi

Thursday marks the start of RIMPAC 2014, the largest naval exercise in the world. For the first time, China is among the participants in this U.S.-organized exercise.

A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

Paul Alexander | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.

'Silence Patton': First Victim of the Cold War

Robert Orlando | Posted 06.24.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise...

Kerry in Iraq: Four Interviews -- and Fox News, Too

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.24.2014 | Media
Dorian de Wind

Since the question as to what military action -- if any -- the United States will take in Iraq is on everyone's mind, the following are answers Kerry gave to questions directly or indirectly referring to that issue.

Who Won Iraq?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

"We" may not have "lost" Iraq, but can there be any question that Washington lost in Iraq? American goals in the region went down in flames in a fashion so spectacular, so ignominious, that today nothing is left of them. To the question, "Who won Iraq?" there may be no answer at all, or perhaps just the grim response: no one.

Obama Considers Special Forces To Help In Iraq

AP | By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE | Posted 08.16.2014 | 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...

Chelsea Manning: The U.S. Military's War On Media Freedom

The New York Times | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics

WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sent...

Are American Soldiers 'Warriors'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The farther we've come from our last great military victory, symbolized by the events of June 6, 1944, the more elevated the language for describing, or perhaps whitewashing, a new American way of war that, for pure failure, may have few matches.

In Quest of a Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

According to ancient legend, the Roman emperor Nero placidly played his fiddle while the great city burned down. I have the uneasy feeling our leader in the White House is engaging in a similar bout of escapism.