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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...

ROTC Marching Back Onto Harvard's Campus

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Irene Monroe

For decades, the ROTC was an unwelcome sight on Ivy League campuses, in part because of the ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer servicemembers. Now they're allowed back, and many students aren't pleased.

McClellan, MacArthur, McChrystal

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Militarizing the presidency obviously undermines the principle of civilian control, which the McChrystal kerfuffle brought to the forefront.

Obesity & Military: Almost 30 Percent Of Young Americans Too Fat To Fight, Generals Say

McClatchy | Patrick Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A group of more than 50 retired generals and admirals says a growing number of young Americans are too fat to fight. A study released last week by Mi...

After Health Care: Now the Harder Part

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Radical change is required in at least three areas: the financial system; the military; and energy policy. The first two have to be downsized, and our dependency on fossil fuels has to be minimized.

Three 'Skinhead' Soldiers, Another Man Held In Attack On Cincinnati Homeless Man

AP | By LISA CORNWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CINCINNATI (AP)-- A soldier and another man have been arrested in the beating of a homeless man, and two other soldiers are suspects, police said Tues...

The Repeal of DADT Is All Smoke, No Fire

Matt Gallagher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Gallagher

If an openly gay soldier doesn't perform his duties well, yes, he'll get teased for being gay. But not because he is gay, and that's a crucial difference.

UPDATED: Twittering in Pashto: A New U.S. Military Communications Strategy in Afghanistan?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rahim Kanani

Who exactly is the intended audience of the U.S. military's tweeting efforts in Afghanistan? They're all in English.

Beyond Petroleum

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Moving beyond petroleum means moving beyond the gospel that competing fragments, each looking out for its own "self-interest," is the highest form of order we can hope for.

McChrystal: A Good Soldier Who Goes Rogue Is Dangerous to Himself and Others.

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Resigning was the only choice. I think even General McChrystal knew it.

General McChrystal Relieved Of Command: Obama Takes General Off Top Afghan Post

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN and ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sacked his loose-lipped Afghanistan commander Wednesday, a seismic shift for the military order in wartime, ...

McChrystal's Disdain: Symptom of a Mercenary Force With Few Ties to Civilian Leaders

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

There is a strange and unintended symbiotic relationship between the "leave it to us professionals" attitude of some leaders in our military today, and the "not with my child" attitude shared by many in the upper classes.

Jason Linkins

Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: Editor Surprised It Became 'Story Of The Day' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I imagine that Rolling Stone now understands that the White House will respond very quickly the next time the commander in charge of our controversial war puts the entire operation in jeopardy over some ill-advised sass talk.

Attacks On Contractors Surge In Afghanistan

AP | NOOR KHAN and TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The message, very often, is sent with bloodshed. A suicide bombing last week on a fortified Kandahar guesthouse shared ...

McChrystal Replacement Possibilities: Candidates For General's Job Post-Rolling Stone (SLIDESHOW)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rebuked by President Obama for his "poor judgment" in a new Rolling Stone interview, Gen. Stanley McChrystal could soon resign or be relieved of his d...

McChrystal Must Go

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Such blatant disrespect can neither be dismissed nor ignored nor tolerated. In attacking his own chain of command so egregiously in public, McChrystal has broken a fundamental rule of military discipline. And for this he must go.