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The Business of America Is War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

In the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, it's business as usual, if your definition of "business" is the power and profits you get from constantly preparing for and prosecuting wars around the world.

Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World

William Astore | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
William Astore

If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?

Government Shutdown: Its Impact on Our Fighting Men and Women

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Although our fighting troops will continue to get paid -- at least for the time being -- the government shutdown must weigh heavily on their minds...

House Fulfills Promise To Iraqi Civilians

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure to provide special visas for Iraqis who risked their lives to help the United States is one step closer to...

Recognizing the 'Silent Killer' of the Military: PTSD

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Harry Croft, M.D

Combat-related traumatic stress disorder is the "silent killer" of the military. The good news is that veterans can take control of PTSD with the right help.

How One Russian Man Helped Prevent A Nuclear Holocaust

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 09.30.2013 | Technology

Thirty years ago today on September 26th, 1983, the quick wits of Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov may have helped the world avoid World War I...

The 'And Yet' of Syria, War and Peace

John Backman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Religion
John Backman

We have to do something about Syria's chemical weapons. And yet... No person of compassion can ever sanction war. And yet...

We Dare You To Watch This And NOT Feel Feelings

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.24.2013 | Good News

When Army Capt. Jane Renee "JR" Lund surprised her 13-year-old daughter, Bella, at a Wisconsin Badgers football game on Saturday, thousands of hearts ...

Service as Diplomacy: The Faces of the US Abroad

Mario Machado | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Mario Machado

There is no way to reconcile these two immediate faces of America to millions of people across the world; the military and the Peace Corps will always serve their own distinctly different purposes and for many reasons it is better that it remain this way.

Sometimes It Takes a Veteran to Understand

Darren Manzella | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darren Manzella

Suicide is a problem whether you want to talk about it or not, so if you're worried about someone, ask. You can't prevent suicide by ignoring it.

Unintended Consequences of Striking Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.11.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Military action in Syria could embroil the United States in civil wars from the Tigris to the Levant; U.S interests could also come under direct attack. A steely-eyed view of regional dynamics and contingency planning are critical to optimizing U.S. objectives.

Syria and Obama

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We will not resolve or set right Syria, any more than we did Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya -- or dare I say Vietnam. We can, however, help to defend our few friends and even fewer steadfast democracies.

Gun to the Head

Steven Weber | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Steven Weber

Why, despite the majority's opposition -- both national and international -- to the notion of America as a warring nation, do we persist in being just that?

Winning The War in Afghanistan One Meeting at a Time

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

Afghans have taken charge again of their own destiny. The American officers at the security meeting were witness to this change on the ground. Having not been asked to contribute to the discussion, they were silent observers to the intricate issue of Afghan inter-service coordination.

6 Peaceful (and Legal) Alternatives to War in Syria

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Sarah van Gelder

Will military strikes help ordinary Syrians or harm them? Will more violence deter the use of chemical weapons and other war crimes in Syria and elsewhere, or exacerbate the problem? Have all other possibilities been exhausted, or are there peaceful solutions that haven't been tried?

The Pivot to Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Nick Turse

They're involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands. And that's just the ABCs of the situation.

Top 10 Unproven Claims for War Against Syria

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

The American people have a right to a full release and vetting of all facts before their elected representatives are asked to make a decision of great consequence for America, Syria and the world.

Stand-off Capability

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

President Obama is a highly intelligent man, but has limited experience. The military advisers on the White House staff should have dissuaded him from his current course of action. He has put himself into a corner and now has few viable options.

4 Things Military Families Want Americans to Know Before Bombing Syria

Janine Boldrin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
Janine Boldrin

After twelve years at war, military families are proficient in saying goodbye. However, that doesn't mean it is in everyone's best interest that we keep saying it.

A Message on Suicide Prevention Month

Chuck Hagel | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Chuck Hagel

The Department of Defense has no more important responsibility than supporting and protecting those who defend our country, and that means we must do everything possible to prevent military suicide. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together.

Serving America's Veteran Students

Daan Braveman | Posted 11.03.2013 | College
Daan Braveman

I believe strongly that colleges and universities have an obligation to ensure that our veterans have the knowledge and skills to make the transition to productive civilian lives.

A Deadly Artillery Duel in Eastern Afghanistan

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

The war in Afghanistan is winding down, yet the enemy is as determined as ever to inflict mass casualties on U.S. troops.

The Left and Right Entirely Missed the Point of Obama Deferring to Congress on Syria

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The pundits mostly are trying to figure out the president's tactics short term on the "next war" or "what this means politically." But Syria isn't the point. Politics isn't either. Our Constitution is.

Cold War Chess: Why a Strike on Assad Would be Good for Russia, Bad for America, and Useless for Syria

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Whether we like it or not, we are now playing a game of diplomatic and military chess in the Middle East, and like any good player, we must think through several moves ahead if we want to have any hopes of winning. So far our government has not done that.

Intervention Lessons From Kosovo for Syria

David L. Phillips | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
David L. Phillips

Military action is a tactic not a policy. The decision to go to war should be linked to a broader strategy of creating a safe haven on Syria's border with Syria and Jordan. The safe haven would be protected by a no-fly-zone, enforced by NATO.