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Grasping at 'Turning Points' in Afghanistan

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

The Obama administration's credibility erodes every time it dusts off and redeploys the tired "turning point" mantra to describe a war and a strategy that continues to go from bad to worse.

How to Win in Afghanistan

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Bonifer

This is an analysis of the Afghanistan War through the lens of improvisation. Improvisation isn't inherently comedic. As conceived by the godmother of modern improvisation, Viola Spolin, it is the practice of spontaneous communication and fast learning.

Let's Question the Accuracy of Current Military Suicide Statistics

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Until all of our troops' and veterans' problems are honestly acknowledged and factored in to the planning of suicide prevention programs, the current response is not going put a dent in the numbers.

Afghan Soldier Kills 4 At Training Range

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two American civilians and two Afghan soldiers were killed in a shooting on a northern Afghan military base, NATO said. An...

WATCH: Al Qaeda Leader Mocks 'Poor' Obama

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a video posted on an Islamist website, Ayman al-Zawahri -- Al Qaeda's deputy leader -- has blasted President Obama's claims that U.S. troops can de...

Al Qaeda Cleric: Yemen To Be 'Obama's Afghanistan'

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — A U.S.-born, al-Qaida-linked cleric warned the American people that President Barack Obama will mire U.S. forces in Yemen just as Afghan...

Judge: Law Penalizing Fake Heroes Unconstitutional

AP | DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

DENVER — A law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero is unconstitutional because it violates free speech, a federal judge ruled Fr...

Elena Kagan Called Pro-Military By Senator Scott Brown

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Scott Brown says Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has persuaded him that she supports the military, despite her de...

WWI Soldier Laid to Rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

Private Thomas D. Costello lost his life on September 16, 1918 in France and received full military honors today at Arlington National Cemetery. Hast...

US reviewing Iraq troop pullout pace

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — American commanders, worried about increased violence in the wake of Iraq's inconclusive elections, are now reconsidering the pace of ...

Alvin Greene Paid Senate Race Registration Fee Himself, Says South Carolina Law Enforcement

AP | MEG KINNARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

COLUMBIA, S.C. — An unemployed military veteran will face no state charges over the $10,440 filing fee for his successful bid to win South Carol...

Hope and Change Fade, but War Endures: Seven Reasons Why We Can't Stop Making War

William J. Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

Our nation's pursuit of war taps so many wellsprings of our behavior that a concerted effort to cap it would dwarf BP's efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

U.S. Drones Suffer From Human Error, Computer Glitches In Afghanistan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Reporting from Kandahar, Afghanistan -- The U.S. military often portrays its drone aircraft as high-tech marve...

Why Congress Should Join U.S. Military Leaders in the Fight Against Climate Change

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

We must summon the political willpower in order to reduce global warming pollution, lead the world in the advancement of clean energy, lessen our dependence on foreign oil and secure America's safety and prosperity.

A Salute to the Mothers of Freedom

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

My mother Gloria was married to a military man. She moved her family 22 times in 31 years, over three continents, through three wars.

July 4th: Time to Revisit America's Mission

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

On this 4th of July, a day that celebrates the birth of a strong nation, one can only hope that all Americans take the time to reflect on their true mission. To come together with the desire to end these wars.

Afghanistan vs. the Marines: It's a Problem

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The general, about to retire and speaking from his heart, believes that both the Marines and their equipment in Afghanistan are wearing thin, that their core competencies are being neglected

Pentagon Recommends Prestigious Medal Of Honor For Living Soldier

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The military has sent the White House a recommendation to award the Medal of Honor to a soldier for bravery in Afghanistan, which c...

Are we not patriots, too?

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irene Monroe

This weekend we celebrate July 4 with rounds of festivities marking our nation's 234 years of independence. But this country's need to showcase her i...

The Wrong Time to Block Aid to Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Rep. Lowey's statement that she would not support foreign aid until there was an end to corruption is understandable. But cutting off foreign aid now is absolutely the wrong approach for the US to take in Afghanistan.

Bytes, Not Bombs

Nick Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nick Mills

Captain Tupper's story about how he managed to get a shipment of computers into the hands of Afghan National Army soldiers reveals a lot about the failures of the US effort in Afghanistan.

Pinon Canyon Protesters Put Goal Posts on Wheels

Sean Paige | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Sean Paige

Folks who thought the Pinon Canyon controversy was all about expansion plans need to catch up. The rancher-activists evidently don't just want the Army contained; they want it kicked out.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Our Fight Too

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan McDermott

Gay and lesbians are a vital group within our veteran community. They help form our ranks. These troops are among those who keep our nation safe.

Drones Use Smaller Bombs But Still Raise Big Concerns for Civilians

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

Efforts to minimize civilian casualties by any warring party are welcome. But we must not make the mistake of thinking technology is a substitute for transparency and accountability.

'A Small Cog In The Wheel': Photojournalist Uses Imagery To Tell Soldiers' Stories

HuffPost | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Mention the United Service Organizations -- almost universally known as the USO -- to most Americans, and the first thing you'll likely hear is "Bob H...