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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.

Humanitarian Missiles Are Superior to Cruise Missiles

Marc Gopin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Marc Gopin

To be truly competitive with the unwinnable military options we must now inject not just food into the mouths of the innocent, but inject empowerment and preparation for a future into a dying and desperate people.

West Point's Miracle on the Hudson

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Gandhi Ready for a good news story? As this letter of gratitude ...

U.S. Military Intervention in Syria: Legitimacy Does Matter

David Mednicoff | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
David Mednicoff

Trying to build legitimacy and content for international law is doing something. The problem, for many of us, is that it seems slow, and offers no immediate resolution to punishing Assad for his awful attacks.

Hagel Suggests Pentagon Moving Naval Forces Closer To Syria

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT OVER THE PACIFIC -- The Pentagon is moving naval forces closer to Syria in preparation for a possible decision by President...

Military Spouse Unemployment Backgrounder: Defining the Problem

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.23.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Like lots of American families, lots of military families need two earners for financial stability and to achieve their families goals. The crises of spouse unemployment really undermines our population

Achieving Military Equality

Diane H. Mazur | Posted 10.21.2013 | Gay Voices
Diane H. Mazur

Freeloading on the military's popularity may be foolproof, but it is also foolish. It may work, but it doesn't make it smart. Every time we turn decisions over to the military and hope it does the right thing, we waste some of the critical capital of civilian control.

A Legal Maelstrom in the Military Courts

Harry Brown | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
Harry Brown

Sexual misconduct in the military has been steadily rising for a number of years and has become a blight on the reputation of the armed forces. Time will tell whether these latest efforts will curtail sexual assault or if a greater caliber of action is required.

One Great Leap Forward: Defense Department Offering Full Benefits to Same-Sex Military Spouses

Brian Stone | Posted 10.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

For many of us who served before the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," it's almost surreal. Full rights for gay military couples seemed like a long shot back then. Like the repeal of DADT, this announcement will be remembered joyously as a part of our shared LGBT history.

U.S. Military Aid Is Not a Gift, It's a Payment

Jeremy White | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Jeremy White

As many advantages as there are to being the last remaining global "superpower," the United States is not the Roman Empire controlling all highways in the known world.

The Military Chaplaincy Needs to Become More Diverse

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

"Jason Heap's bid to become the nation's first humanist military chaplain brings all of these questions to the fore. How ought we to understand our military chaplaincies, in light of changes to our nation's religious make-up?"

VA Gives Vets Up to a Year of Retroactive Benefits for Using FDCs to Help Reduce the Backlog

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The Department of Veterans Affairs is reducing the backlog in disability claims with approaches including Fully Developed Claims, FDCs.

POLITICO's Darren Samuelsohn Discusses Military Sexual Assault E

92nd Street Y | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with POLITICO.com, we spoke with Senior Policy Reporter Darren Samuelsohn at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D...

PHOTOS: Belgium's Vintage WWII Vehicle Cemetery

Tom Moran | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Tom Moran

In a narrow woodland clearing near the village of Chatillon, in southern Belgium, was arguably one of Europe's most intriguing vehicle cemeteries. (...

The Massive Government Train Wreck Nobody's Really Talking About

Dan Treadway | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Dan Treadway

What's $1.5 trillion? Well, even if you reduce the figure to take into account inflation, it's enough to cover any estimate of the outstanding student loan debt in America or patch up much of the nation's aging infrastructure.

WATCH: Gillibrand On Military Sexual Assault, Whistleblowers, Snowden

Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics

During an impromptu visit to HuffPost Live, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) sat down with host Josh Zepps to discuss her bill to prevent military ...

Mass Media Helps Keep Americans in the Dark About U.S. Foreign Policy

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Mark Weisbrot

What would U.S. foreign, military, and so-called "national security" policy look like if the media reported the most important facts about it?

Retiring the American Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.04.2013 | World
John Feffer

If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.

Why Would Atheists in the Military Want Their Own Chaplains?

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The debate over humanist chaplains in the military has been heating up recently. Last week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered several of the most common sentiments held by those who oppose the effort to create this resource for nonreligious members of the military.

Interview: Swords to Plowshares

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Jordan Towers, Social Media Coordinator for Swords to Plowshares, talked about how the org has provided core services, like housing, employment, and training to vets since 1974.

Remembering the 'Forgotten War'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

It has been 60 years since the end of a war that many Americans call "The Forgotten War." While the Korean War may be for many "a conflict fought...

Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondere...