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Progressive Congressman Bob Filner is pursuing an ambitious agenda to secure proper care for wounded warriors.

Now that Lieut. Ehren Watada's court-martial has ended in mistrial, his case could focus America's attention on how we came to fight an illegal war and what we must do to end it.

Also at stake in the trial of an Army officer who refuses to deploy to Iraq is the independence of the press.

The surge is Bush's last throw of the dice. If it fails, he may decimate an exhausted Army and leave the nation without reserves.

The naming of Adm. William Fallon to replace Gen. John Abizaid as head of Centcom is an ominous sign that Bush is preparing for a wider war.

Obsessed GOP hawks--and some Democrats--want to end the Iraq war by escalating it, and Bush proposes expanding the military: America is hooked on the habit of military might.

For the first time since Vietnam, active-duty military personnel have organized to oppose a war that they are fighting.

We are fast, too fast, approaching the 3,000th American combat death in
Iraq.

"For just a minute or two, step into my life. I am a soldier in the Army
Special Forces, just back from Iraq, where I lived and fought beside my
Iraqi counterpart as we battled the insurgency. I am a conflicted man."

Blogs

Nick Kristoff defends Bush, Chelsea Manning defends journalism, and the Post recounts our government's bungled efforts to catch Edward Snowden.

June 16, 2014

Like 2003 all over again, American pundits debate new intervention in Iraq.

June 13, 2014

New documents raise questions about the soldier's mental health. 

June 12, 2014

Politicians and the media must focus on the bigger picture: the crisis facing returning veterans and the current inability of the federal government to help them. 

May 30, 2014

“Drones have entered our consciousness. Suddenly, they seem to be everywhere,” says Robert Jay Lifton. 

May 30, 2014

Obama wants to keep almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but some members of Congress are saying “not so fast.”

May 28, 2014

As secretary of state, Clinton accomplished little, but usually came down on the side of using force.

May 27, 2014

There are good reasons to slow down the VA “accountability” act. 

May 23, 2014

Today’s lesson is quite simple: after conflicts are over, we need to fully fund the healthcare and medical needs of our veterans. Forever.

May 21, 2014

Two cheers for the president's centrist foreign policy. 

May 7, 2014