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Bush Administration hijacks the Constitution with the Patriot Act and military tribunals; our supine media wakes up (briefly); Congress sleeps

The Institute for Creative Technologies makes Star Wars–type simulations for Army personnel

The Taliban may have met its match: the American Dream Machine.

The collapse of the Taliban means the focus there must shift to relief of its citizens.

The sudden and unexpected collapse of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

There is mass hunger and need in Afghanistan, and the UN is under great pressure to get supplies through.

The Bush administration is trying to win hearts and minds—through a carefully stage-managed media campaign.

The United States takes the couch.

The inclusion of women in peace negotiations would go a long way toward addressing their exploitation and abuse in war-torn areas.

Death rates are alarming but lower than claimed. Saddam shares responsibility.


The Pentagon's Inspector General won't comment on details of the investigations.

May 27, 2010

Obama's strategy in Afghanistan lacks a clear, achievable mission, isn't in our national security interest and costs too much in treasure and lives.

May 26, 2010

The military's new contract solicitation suggests that private contractors are being used to get around the policy that the US does not conduct operations in Pakistan.

May 25, 2010

The State Department wants you to know that Afghanistan isn't safe.

May 25, 2010

If Obama knew about Petraeus's order to expand Special Ops in the Middle East and Asia, then he is a dangerous militarist. If he didn't know, he's a feckless incompetent. Take your pick.

May 25, 2010

At the very time when the social safety net is most needed, investors the world over are calling it a drag on the world economy. 

May 24, 2010

A nun in Phoenix has been ex-communicated after approving a life-saving abortion. What?

May 21, 2010

The extent of Taliban and Afghan government involvement in the Islamic Party's peace talks is unclear. But something important is happening, and the State Deparment is interested.

May 21, 2010

Afghanistan is talking to the Taliban again, but there's no sign that President Obama wants any part of it.

May 20, 2010

Sure, we have an international mission to secure Afghanistan, but what does it say when a suicide bomber can drive 1,600 pounds of explosives into a NATO convoy?

May 19, 2010