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Congressman Mike Coffman Calls for Third Iraq War

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Coffman said: "Certainly an advisory role, but certainly not anything beyond that. And that's if requested. I think we have to be very careful once out about reentering that particular conflict. I would say, in terms of regular troops on the ground, absolutely not." There are three points why, despite his moderate wording, Coffman is calling for yet another war.

When Veterans Get Food Stamps Cut, It's Time to Prioritize Our Budget

Jon Soltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

How is this even a debate? How is it that men and women who served in uniform get smeared as lazy and unmotivated to work, as soon as they need help feeding their families by using food stamps?

Amanda Terkel

90-Year-Old World War II Veteran Slams 'Repugnant' GOP Actions In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans have refused to vote on a bill to reopen the federal government, with no strings attached. Instead, they want to reope...

Senate Bill Authorizes Tens of Thousands of Combat Troops In Syria

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There is no such thing as non-combat troops when it comes to Syria. Just being over there constitutes being in a potential combat operation. It constitutes being put into harm's way.

The Military Case Against Syria Strikes

Jon Soltz | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Jon Soltz

Missile strikes, as limited and justified as they may be, are an act of war against the Assad regime. Yet, I get no sense that the United States has any clear idea of our strategic or operational end state.

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.

The Second Amendment Is Safe. The American People Are Not.

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The Second Amendment is safe. The American people are not. Criminal background checks are a reasonable and sane way to reduce US gun slaughter while maintaining the right to bear arms.

Amanda Terkel

Veterans Call For Universal Background Checks In New Ad

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A veterans group has a new ad making the case for universal background checks, arguing it doesn't make sense that members of the armed f...

Iraq Veterans' Thoughts on Today's Anniversary

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

War is not a game, and the statistics are not just numbers. These are real people, with real lives, and real families. The best thing we can do, today, is to remember their stories.

Hagel Enters Pentagon Stronger After Confirmation Vote

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Politically, the faux fight over Hagel's nomination has dramatically shown a Republican Party in complete disarray, in the midst of their own civil war. On one hand, there are some Republican senators who, today, put the nation above politics and refused to engage in sliming a great American veteran. On the other hand, there is an increasingly shrill fringe right who, in conjunction with the same neoconservatives who led us into Iraq, continue to show that they will put anything -- even American security -- below their own self-aggrandizement and continued campaign to oppose anything the Obama administration says or does.

The New Drone Medal and Why Troops Need Hagel

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Though the issue of drones is raging hot and heavy, I personally don't have an issue with the medal itself. What I do have an issue with is this: The new medal ranks above the Purple Heart. I cannot imagine that, had Hagel been secretary of defense, he would have approved.

The Cruz-ing of the Senate

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

A funny thing happened at the Senate Armed Services Committee vote on Chuck Hagel, this week. Senator Ted Cruz, who is quickly making a name for himself as a modern-day Joe McCarthy, turned a normal committee vote into his own personal circus, making outlandish smear after outlandish smear against Chuck Hagel that earned the ire not just of senators in the room, but Capitol Hill newspapers, national media, and even his home state newspaper. Thing of it is, Cruz knows very well who his base is: The increasingly shrill far right, which want to see vicious opposition to anything President Obama says, does, or proposes. People have joked, with some degree of truth, that if President Obama came out against drinking Drano, Tea Party Congressmen and senators would immediately go out and chug gallons of it.

Department of Veterans Affairs Gets Real Stuff Done

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The VA is getting a lot of good work done, using IT to much better serve veterans by helping address the disability claims backlog, maybe their biggest challenge. Sure, the tech is a work in progress, but the greater issue involves skepticism and low expectations.

On Hagel, Neocons Go Off the Sanity Cliff (Again)

Jon Soltz | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Why are they going so off-the-rails? It boils down to one thing -- Iraq. Neocons will never, ever forgive Senator Hagel for standing up to President Bush, in favor of a pro-troop, pro-security, responsible approach to Iraq.

Veterans Group Launches New Ad Buy

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics

A progressive veterans group is launching a $1.25 million ad campaign targeting three Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls as the election enters its final...

VoteVets, Progressive Veterans Group, Spends $1 Million Against GOP Candidates For Final Stretch

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

VoteVets Action Fund, a progressive veterans group, announced a $1 million push on Friday against Republican congressional candidates in Virginia, Ind...

National Veterans Group Targets Republican

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.27.2012 | Politics

The Republican nominee for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat, Rep. Jeff Flake, is being targeted by a national progressive veterans group following a Democra...

John McCain, A Veteran Was Demeaned In Your Name. Will You Defend Her?

Linda Milazzo | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

This past Sunday, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who never served a day in the military, shamelessly questioned the heroism of his Congressional opponent, Illinois Army National Guard veteran and double amputee, Major Tammy Duckworth.

Is the President About to Announce a Quicker End to Afghan War?

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

There have been plenty of men -- from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush -- who were too stubborn to face facts, and sent more and more troops into a situation that called for fewer. We often confuse that bravado with leadership. It's not.

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Wants Birth Certificates For Voter Registration

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri denied that his bill to require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote also contains a provision that wou...

Swiftboating Tammy Duckworth -- Joe Walsh Digs a Deeper Hole

Jon Soltz | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Last week, Congressman Joe Walsh denigrated the years of service his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, has given this nation. It was a new low.

Claire McCaskill Backed By Veterans In New Ad

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

Vote Vets, a progressive veterans' group, released a new ad on Thursday morning supporting Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in her reelection campaign. T...

Max J. Rosenthal

Female Veterans Want Rush Off Military Airwaves

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Already facing the loss of numerous advertisers over his derogatory remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh may...

Max J. Rosenthal

Veterans Face Challenges Running For Office

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Jonathan George is a stereotype of the soldier turned politician. A retired Air Force general, George flew the famed U-2 spy plane durin...

Army Must Reject Anti-Islam Hate Speaker

Jon Soltz | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Imagine that a man who said there should be no freedom of religion for Muslims, or Mosques in America, and that America is in a religious war that pits America, a "Christian Nation," against Islam was invited to address our men and women in uniform? Well, it's happening.