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Troops in Afghanistan (Lewis Whyld/Press Association via AP Images)

The New York Times and Washington Post are both guilty of attacking this timeless straw man.

James Clapper

Dear Abby’s military counterpart answers questions about leaks, spies and military furniture.

President Barack Obama at UN

Eight exceptional(ly dumb) American achievements of the twenty-first century.

Bradley Manning

A target that Republicans and Democrats can unite in vindictive harmony against.

Iraq Veterans Against the War and human rights organizations in both the US and Iraq are collecting signatures for a petition to pressure the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold a hearing on the human rights impacts of US wars.

Border

Here's how to turn the US-Mexican border into a war zone.

Invisible War

Director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering tell The Nation what the military can do to prevent sexual assault.

Blogs

Robert Gates calls for Congress, the Pentagon, and defense contractors to make serious cuts.

May 8, 2010

What effect does training soldiers to "dehumanize" the enemy have on us? And are video games giving us in some part the same training?  

April 9, 2010

Not only is Obama not supporting Karzai's peace jirga, his soldiers are threating to kill Karzai's brother for talking to the Taliban.

March 31, 2010

The war could end in a year or so, with a negotiated settlement, if Obama plays his cards right.

March 24, 2010

Israeli hardliners are making enemies in places where they can hardly afford to do so.

March 16, 2010

The drums of war are beating to convince Obama to stay in Iraq for "many years."

February 24, 2010

More huffing and puffing about war with Iran, this time from Anne Applebaum of the hawkish Washington Post, but first some words of caution from Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

February 23, 2010

"The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan." So began a Feb 4th piece by Jane Perlez in the New York Times. But even all these days on, it's been a very discreet unveiling.

February 9, 2010

Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, the old soldier who looked like and in so many ways was a member of the Democratic establishment of another time, broke with the leadership of his own party and the opposition Republicans at a critical point in 2005 to say it was time to bring the troops home from Iraq.

February 8, 2010

On Tuesday, several of the nation's top military officials, including Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, spoke out in favor of ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Clinton-era policy that can get a lesbian or gay service person fired if their sexuality becomes known. Mullen tweeted later: "Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do. Comes down to integrity."

February 4, 2010