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Washington Rules and PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Isenberg

Andrew Bacevich is author of several meticulously documented books on American geopolitical ambitions. In terms of street credibility, Bacevich has tons more than the average commentator on the issue.

Asking Too Much of Our Troops -- And Not Enough of College Students

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
William Astore

In hand-holding our college students and overloading our troops, we're compromising our educational efforts as well as our military ones. And whether in school or in war, the result could very well be a failing grade.

Leslie Gelb: How To Get Out Of Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: Gelb: How to Get Out of Afghanistan. President Obama should withdraw the bulk of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by mid-2013, th...

Time to Discipline DOD: The Disappointing Perry-Hadley Report

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Adams

The struggle to discipline the defense budget and reign in the Department of Defense has begun. Growing concern about the deficit, combined with grow...

Netherlands Withdraws From Afghanistan After Four Years: 1,950 Troops Head Home

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Netherlands is ending its military involvement in Afghanistan, after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness....

The GAO Transcripts, Part 23: PSC, What's That? A U.S. Military Perspective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twenty third installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO re...

Soldier Accused Of Leaking Secrets To WikiLeaks Flown To US

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Army intelligence specialist charged with leaking U.S. military secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been moved from Kuwait to ...

Our Military's Disturbing Transition to Warriors

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today's cult of the warrior, as represented by these new "creeds," may seem cosmetic, but it cuts to the core of our military's self-image.

The End of (Military) History? The United States, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of War

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Bacevich

Although Western liberalism may retain considerable appeal, the Western way of war has run its course.

WikiLeaks: Why Aren't Heads Rolling?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

The approximately 91,000 reports from the war in Afghanistan that were leaked to Wikileaks.org caused cries of outrage. Unfortunately this outrage was for all the wrong reasons.

U.S. Developing Attack Plan Against Pakistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strik...

We Must Keep Our Sons and Daughters Safe

Hilary Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary Kramer

Despite the obvious dangers that our troops face in hostile areas, it seems that our own government exacerbates problems further by providing our troops with faulty or unsuitable equipment.

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...

Pakistani Spy Agency Denounces Leaked Military Docs Over 'Malicious' Taliban Accusations

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's most powerful spy agency on Monday lashed out against a trove of leaked U.S. intelligence reports that alleged close conn...

'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...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 20: When PSC Cause "Mission Creep"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twentieth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repor...

Our Military: Yes, They Are All Heroes

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Given the choice of collectively calling our troops heroes, because of those few "real heroes," and collectively calling our troops murderers and criminal because of those few bad apples, which one would you go for?

The GAO Transcripts, Part 19: When PSCs Hurt U.S. Troops

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the nineteenth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repo...

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...