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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.

Blogs

ROTC memo prohibiting cadets from using WikiLeaks cables for course assignments could impact Stanford's decision on whether to allow ROTC to return to campus.

January 27, 2011

General Petraeus speaks on sinking his teeth into Afghanistan.

January 26, 2011

A US military chaplain in Iraq says it's time to go.

January 18, 2011

What we see when we see the photos of the first twenty detainees the Bush administration transferred to Camp X-Ray.

January 11, 2011

Chinese tell Pentagon chief that US arms sales to Taiwan are a threat to China's "core interests."

January 10, 2011

Imagine! A great world power wants to expand its military reach.

January 6, 2011

The editors want more weapons and military "steadfastedness" against Beijing.

January 2, 2011

Seventeen years after Bill Clinton's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" compromise, the institutionalized closet in the military should soon be gone. With the Senate vote to repeal, lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans have won the right to serve openly without fear of losing their jobs.

December 21, 2010

 On MSNBC's Countdown, Greg Mitchell and Chris Hayes ask, has WikiLeaks' Julian Assange really endangered lives?

December 3, 2010

Alterman continues his holiday gift giving guidance with reviews along the way, while Ltc. Bob reminisces on a military past and present.

December 2, 2010