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Exhausted and overused American forces could become so unglued that staying in Iraq may well
become impossible. Then what?

The Haditha massacre cannot be blamed solely on soldiers gone berserk.
The Marine Corps cover-up suggests that moral damage from the Iraq War
has affected more than a single debased unit.

It's helpful that six retired generals are calling for Rumsfeld's head.
But it would be easier to dislodge him if more Democrats in Congress
joined the fray.

How can the peace movement draw more Iraq War veterans into its ranks?
It can begin by understanding the socioeconomic realities of the
all-volunteer military.

Despite Bush's feel-good rhetoric, the United States has done little to help Afghanistan, leaving the impression of abandonment. Meanwhile, European troops work hard to build bridges to the locals.

The Corvallis City Council approved a resolution calling for American
troops to come home from Iraq.

If the war in Iraq is winding down, why does the Pentagon need so
much money? Because the Bush Administration has visions of a permanent
war economy.

The overlooked players in the torture scandal are the medical personnel
who supervise--and often participate in--acts of torture. Military
medical professionals have reportedly tailored torture sessions to the
personalities of detainees, at a time when their professional
conscience should have told them to take an ethical stand. Though
they're not the usual suspects, they should be investigated as
well.

"Do what has to be done" is the motto of the investigative arm of the
US military. But when the understaffed institution regularly loses
evidence and delays autopsies, it does too little. When it attempts to
protect evidence by detaining witnesses, it does too much. A look at
the inherently flawed investigations of detainees.

With 457 blunt-spoken words, John Murtha broke the spell that had held
the country captive to the misguided adventure in Iraq. It suddenly
became respectable to talk of a pullout. It was his finest moment: For
the first time, there is hope this war may end.

Blogs

Let's see some numbers, and some specifics, about promised reforms and reorganization.

April 3, 2013

Will the new secretary of defense stand up to the hawks and wield the budget axe?

April 2, 2013

Fixing the CIA is a tall order, but it can be done.

March 27, 2013

Women who suffer sexual assault in the military are nine times more likely to get PTSD, and the military needs to act.

March 26, 2013

Unchecked use of drones is counterproductive, says the retired Marine general who is close to Obama.

March 22, 2013

The trove of documents revealed the widespread torture and civilian casualties caused by the war.

March 19, 2013

Now that the whistleblower has admitted his role in leaking Army files, he can move on to explaining why he did it, says Daniel Ellsberg.

March 12, 2013

The Chamber of Commerce was planning a campaign to illegally hack its critics, and others could easily follow suit. Will cyberwar extend to domestic political campaigns?

March 4, 2013

The author recounts his long, difficult struggle to expose the truth about atrocities.

February 11, 2013

A slippery slope that ought to scare us all.

February 5, 2013