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Military Sexual Assault Claims Rose 11 Percent In 2009

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The number of sexual assaults reported in the U.S. military rose 11 percent last year, the Defense Department said Tuesday, but Pentagon officials con...

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Colbert Mocks Media Over Afghanistan Coverage (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] huffingtonpost.com. Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Petraeus Sells Gay Troops Down the River

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Petraeus has announced that he supports a review of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy. Too bad that he told the Committee that eliminating DADT could negatively impact military function.

Driving Soldiers Crazy with Psychiatric Meds

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Has life in the military has become tougher? Everyone seems to agree that it has with the increased frequency and length of deployments. But that's not the whole story.

Obama Dresses Down the Military, But What's Changed?

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Actions speak far louder than words: What we've witnessed from Obama is no "dressing down" of our military, but rather yet another ramping up.

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Afghanistan Held Secret Talks With Captured Taliban Chief

HuffingtonPost.com | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] huffingtonpost.com. Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...

James Inhofe Thinks That American Soldiers Are a Bunch of Anti-Gay Bigots

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Inhofe no doubt considers himself an unconditional supporter of the military, but his latest comments are nothing if not deeply insulting to America's men and women in uniform.

Life Is a Performance, Ramin

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Clemons

While the real world is not Broadway and filming Sex in the City sequels, the fact is that there are tens of thousands of gay men and women who perform in "straight roles" every day in the US military.

Film Review: The Western Front

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

There is now a superb film that picks apart what we did wrong in Iraq and what our military did right: The Western Front.

Iraq Corruption: 50 New Fraud Investigations Involving Americans In $150 Billion Program

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large...

Immigration and Our Military

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

By offering a path to citizenship for the many undocumented immigrants that are in our country right now, we are giving them a path to become more active in American life -- including military service.

Gates: We Can Cut Military Spending

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Last week, Robert Gates acknowledged that the United States has such a huge lead in conventional military power that we can afford to do without a few ships here, a few planes there.

Navy Dogs Trained To Detect Explosives Died From Neglect, Chicago Security Contractors Blamed

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — The Navy says that three dogs died and dozens more were in poor health after being neglected by a private security contractor in Ch...

US Military Hospital Ship Comfort Leaving Haiti

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The U.S. military hospital ship Comfort has completed its relief mission in Haiti and is heading home. The Comfort has ...

Sarah Palin Defends Navy SEAL From Blue Island: Julio Huertas Accused Of Mistreating Iraqi Terror Suspect

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sarah Palin took to her Facebook page Friday to defend a Navy SEAL from south suburban Blue Island who is accused of mistreating an Iraqi terror suspe...

Undisciplined Defense: The Problem With the QDR

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Adams

The new defense strategy is out and the budget to back it up is now pending before the Congress. Together they reflect a woeful lack of discipline in the Defense Department.

Compensation for Afghan Civilians is Much More than Money

Chris Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

The bargaining and cold calculation of compensation may be unfamiliar and even unsettling to many of us. But for Afghans, it is part of their traditional culture.

Drone Attack Report: 1 in 3 Killed By Drones In Pakistan Is A Civilian

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A new report from the New America Foundation states that one of every three people killed in the U.S.'s not-so-secret drone war in Pakistan is a civil...

Paradise Lost

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Koehler

We owe the residents of Vieques full compensation for the illnesses they are suffering courtesy of the U.S. Navy, which used the tiny island as its premiere weapons testing site for over 60 years.

Letting a Private Think Tank Facilitate DADT's Repeal

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

It's bad enough that the federal government has decided that the DADT repeal must be preceded by a year-long study. Now we're learning that that study is being outsourced to think tank contractors.

How to Fight a Better War (Next Time) Three Fixes for the American Way of War

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Iraq remains a mess from which the U.S. military seems increasingly uninterested in withdrawing fully and Afghanistan a disaster area, but it's never too soon to think about the next war.

Yesterday's Dirty Harry Is Today's Bleeding Heart Liberal

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

According to the Weekly Standard, Dirty Harry's scruples about the law, due process, innocent lives, and the slippery slope of murderous violence are signs of weak-willed appeasers.

Haiti: "Post Disaster Needs Assessment" - Whose Needs? Whose Assessment?

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Beverly Bell

The Haitian government has been largely silent since the January 12 earthquake. Publicly, that is. Who knows what officials are saying behind closed ...

Pentagon Changes Rule, Allows Soldiers To Use Twitter, Facebook

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — Everyone from troops in the field to the highest brass and civilian leaders will be allowed to Twitter, blog and use Facebook and o...