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MRAPs, sprained ankles, air conditioning, farting contests and other snapshots from the American war in Afghanistan.

Why it's wrong to equate military service with heroism.

Rachel Maddow today is less bold on Afghanistan than Walter Cronkite was 32 years ago on Vietnam, even though the CBS anchor was the far more mainstream of the two.

In "honor" of the ignominous end of the career of Lt. General Stanley McChrystal, at the hands of Rolling Stone magazine, let's take a moment to remember why Lt. Gen. McChrystal never deserved to be promoted lat year. He deserved to be indicted.

Firing McChrystal is not nearly as important as doing away with his counterinsurgency policies.

Last month, the House of Representatives took steps toward repealing the military's discriminatory DADT policy, pending the results of a Pentagon study on the issue. But what impact could the study have on the repeal of DADT?

The Tea Party’s guide to American exceptionalism: It is all about race.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Elena Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard Law School was the right one.

American support for repressive governments has provided fertile ground for recruitment.

The seventh anniversary of the start of the Iraq war dawned today with very little notice in the media--but at the start of the war, many more newspapers opposed it than we now remember.

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