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Our Veterans: Who Are They?

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Before the Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I, an armistice had been declared on November 11, 1918, ending hostilities between Germany...

Pentagon Report Indicates Spike In Afghan Troop Deaths

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer's fighti...

In Praise of Ordinary Men Who Became Heroes

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Cindi Bigelow

The price to preserve freedom is always a costly one, but it offers a lesson that every school child and adult in America should be reminded of again and again. These are lessons of history that can never be forgotten for the sake of those who died

How the Military Assaults Gay (and Straight) Marriage

Brian Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Every single year, people who put their lives on the line are separated from their families by bureaucratic Department of Defense nonsense. The problem is so common that people who served have a name for the separated servicemembers: "geo-bachelors."

A Drone Warrior's Torment: Ex-Air Force Pilot Brandon Bryant on His Trauma From Remote Killing

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Democracy Now!

Why has former U.S. Air Force pilot and drone operator Brandon Bryant decided to speak out? Bryant served as a sensor operator for the Predator pro...

Army Weapons Programs Hit Hard By Cuts: 'Some, We'll Have To Cancel'

Reuters | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. defense budget cuts will affect the Army's plan to develop a ...

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.