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Officials: US Missiles Allegedly Kill 10 In Pakistan

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was apparently targeted in a U.S. missile strike on a meeting of militant commanders close to th...

Obama at West Point: One Week Later

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

I worry that we are not informed citizens. I worry about putting our promising young men and women in harm's way. But most of all, I worry that this fight might be lost and unjust.

Obama: 'No Intention' To Send U.S. Troops To Yemen, Somalia

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he has no intention of sending American troops to Yemen or Somalia. Obama told People magazine in an i...

Terrorism, Religious Extremism, and the Fort Hood Massacre

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

Without rushing to prejudicial conclusions, after all, we do need to consider the possibility that Nidal Malik Hasan's Muslim faith played a major role, if not necessarily the dominant one, in what happened.

Saleh al-Somali, Senior al-Qaida Member, Reportedly Killed In Drone Attack

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

***UPDATE 12.11 4:30 PM ET*** ABC News is reporting, citing a senior U.S. official, that the senior al-Qaida figure reportedly killed in a drone atta...

Obama Seeking Options To Send Fewer Troops To Afghanistan | Anne E. Kornblut and Greg Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Obama has asked the Pentagon's top generals to provide him with more options for troop levels in Afghanistan, two U.S. officials said late F...

Senate Report: Bin Laden Was 'Within Our Grasp' In 2001

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made th...

Strip Jefferson of His Retirement

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

I am aghast to discover former congressman William J. Jefferson could depart Washington a convicted criminal and still take home approximately $60,000 a year in retirement pay.

Holiday Mail For Heroes Kicks Off With Cards For Veterans Washington Event

AP | CHRISTINE SIMMONS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — Dozens of volunteers and passers-by are stopping by an American Red Cross building on Veterans Day to sign holiday greetings cards ...

Last Plan for Afghanistan

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stewart Nusbaumer

Plan Z is one of those rare strategies that is hatched not from the mind of confused strategic thinkers by from the womb of Americana. What is Plan Z? Buy the bad guys.

Britain, US to Fund Yemen Anti-Terror Police Unit

AP | MEERA SELVA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LONDON — The British government said Sunday that Prime Minister Gordon Brown and U.S. President Barack Obama had agreed to fund a counterterrori...

Ryan Grim

Civilian Casualties Soar; Key Afghan Metric Headed In Wrong Direction | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan climbed in 2009 to their highest number since the fall of the Taliban, the United Nations says in a recent report. The...

Stephen King Buys 150 Soldiers Trips Home For The Holidays

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

BANGOR, Maine — Author Stephen King and his wife are donating money so 150 soldiers from the Maine Army National Guard can come home for the hol...

Mr. President, Lead the Way to End Discrimination in the Military

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

This is the moment for the President to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." If Obama fails to seize it, many young LGBT service members will surely be fired, careers ruined.

Obama's War: The Next Best Steps in Afghanistan?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Both military and civilian leaders need to revisit their management and cooperation efforts, and better define their "jobs" if any progress is to be made.

The Price of Pushing Our Troops Too Far

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

As we roll the dice again in Central Asia, it's clear that we're pushing our Army and Marines too far. Naturally, our troops, notably the brass, will deny this. We Americans need to recognize the limits on our troops, even if they refuse to do so.

Rep. Eric Massa VIDEO: War In Afghanistan Must End

Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

2,950. That's the number that echoes throughout Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) five minute speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, as he fer...

Victory at Last! Monty Python in Afghanistan

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Finally, American war commanders have effectively marshaled their forces, outmaneuvering and outflanking the enemy. I'm not talking about Afghanistan. I'm talking about what's happening in Washington.

Army Now Allowing Media To Cover Palin Event At Fort Bragg

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. Army said Friday it would open Sarah Palin's appearance on Fort Bragg to media, a reversal from earlier in the week whe...

Inside Afghanistan's "Black Hawk Down" | THOM SHANKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The battle of Wanat is being described as the "Black Hawk Down" of Afghanistan, with the 48 American soldiers and 24 Afghan soldiers outnumbered three...

McChrystal Rejects Calls To Lower Afghan Aims

New York Times | JOHN F. BURNS and ALAN COWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, rejected calls for scaling down military objectives there on Thursday and said ...

The Forgotten War

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No so very long ago, Afghanistan was known as "the forgotten war." But these days, Afghanistan is hard to miss in the headlines. Obama needs to begin talking about our newly-forgotten war: Iraq.

Joe Klein: The Afghanistan Problem -- Why Are We In Helmand?

TIME | Joe Klein Thursday, Sep. 17, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In addition to all the other problems we're facing -- the corruption of the Karzai government, the election chaos, the porous Pakistani border -- it h...

Poll: Support For Afghan War At All-Time Low

CNN Politics | Paul Steinhauser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey r...

Iraq Troops' PTSD Rate As High As 35 Percent: New Study | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Veterans' Administration should expect a high volume of Iraq veterans seeking treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, with researchers antici...