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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...

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.

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.

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...

The War in Iraq: Sunrise or Sunset?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Just as the Pentagon is preparing its exit plan -- or at least the rhetoric for its exit plan -- pressure is mounting for the military to stay.

Kabul Explosion: Huge Blast Reported In Afghanistan's Capital

AP | AMIR SHAH and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL — Insurgents struck Friday at hotels in the heart of Kabul with suicide attackers and a car bomb, killing at least 16 people – half ...

Iraq Withdrawal in Danger

Tom Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Just when you thought that the fat lady was about to launch into an aria over America's exit from Iraq, the US military announced that it is drawing up contingency plans to delay the withdrawal.

Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using 'South Park' Alias

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON - A Senate investigation accuses the Army of turning a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary hired violent drug users to help train the Af...

Gays in the Military: A Religious Issue?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brad Hirschfield

In this case, perhaps we religious, of whatever persuasion, should take a Sunday school lesson from the military, where the cohesion of the unit trumps ideological debate.

Caring for Generation Torture

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Denselow

Today's wars "among the people" make the experiences endured by soldiers much more complex -- and, therefore, the transition back to civilian life is that much harder.

Marja snipers

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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New Name For Iraq War Requested: Petraeus Wants "Operation New Dawn"

Political Punch | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq -- currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom -- a new name. ...

American Blitzkrieg Loving the German War Machine to Death

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Astore

The idolization of the German military was a telling manifestation of a growing militarism within an American society which remained remarkably oblivious to the slow strangulation of its citizen-soldier ideal.

Military Ethics and Private Military Contractors

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Isenberg

It is not just polemicists at the Nation who question the use of private military contractors -- professors at the U.S. Naval Academy and at West Point have also critiqued the practice.

UN Ratifies Ban On Cluster Bombs: US Still Has Not Signed

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday that the international convention banning cluster bombs has received the 30 rat...

Ibrahim Jassam, Iraqi Photographer For Reuters, Released By US Military

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — An Iraqi freelance photographer who worked for Reuters has been released by the U.S. military after 17 months in detention in Iraq, th...

John P. Murtha, Man in the Arena

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Max Cleland coined the slogan: "We got your back, Jack" and the constituents demonstrated they did indeed.

Blackwater, Now Xe, Vying For $1 Billion Contract To Train Afghan National Police

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed the company's prospects in Afghanistan, where it's a contender to be a key part of President Barack ...

Ollie North On What Happens If Gays Are Allowed To Serve Openly In Military: ˜NAMBLA Members' Are Next

thinkprogress.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last night, Oliver North, the retired U.S. Marine Corps officer-turned-Fox News contributor, appeared on Hannity's America to condemn the administrati...

Errors Preceded Taliban Attack On Afghan Combat Outpost Keating

latimes.com | Laura King | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Kabul, Afghanistan - A series of command errors set the stage for a Taliban attack on a remote American outpost four months ago, which ...

3 Die In US Military Helicopter Crash In Germany

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — A U.S. military helicopter crashed in western Germany on Wednesday, killing all three people aboard, according to a spokesman for U.S. ...