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Torture Protest

Eric Lomax was captured and tortured by the Japanese during World War II. Forty years later, he tracked down the man responsible.

Soldier

An Air Force veteran explains how we all got drafted into the American national security state.

Abu Ghraib

Despite all evidence to the contrary, many Americans continue to believe that brutality, torture and rank illegality is the road to national safety.

Fort Hood shooting

Since 2002, veterans have been committing murder individually and in groups, killing family, friends, strangers and—in appalling numbers—themselves.

A cartoon by Bill Mauldin from the October 24, 1944, issue of Stars and Stripes

When US soldiers venture abroad, women’s bodies can become the occupied territories.

Jonathan Schell

Recollections from Tom Engelhardt and an interview with Schell.

Pentagon

Despite the uproar over reductions to defense funding, less than 1 percent of the Pentagon's beefy $550 billion budget will be cut this year. 

Vietnam War timeline

The Pentagon’s whitewashed history of the Vietnam War provokes troubling questions about how the invasion of Iraq will one day be remembered.

Blogs

Obama and Gates have appointed a Marine general to Centcom famous for saying that he loves to kill. Hopefully, there's more to the story.

July 12, 2010

Winter Bone—if you haven't seen this extraordinary, woman-directed film about a family in trouble in the Ozarks of Missouri, I recommend it. Grim it is. Irrelevant it is not.

July 8, 2010

Appropriations Committee chair David Obey, Sen. Russ Feingold and Rep. Dennis Kucinich get to the heart of the matter: The problem is not a reckless general. The problem is a reckless unwillingness to consider the case for exiting Afghanistan.

June 24, 2010

The insurbordinate general commanding the war in Afghanistan goes off the reservation—way, way off the reservation—in an interview with Rolling Stone.

June 22, 2010

The Pentagon is the world's largest consumer of oil and gas and BP is its number one provider. Why hasn't the US government applied the ACORN standard to BP and stripped it of its contracts?

June 9, 2010

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

May 27, 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

A new report suggests that the interrogation facility is run by a little-known unit of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

May 14, 2010

The top commander in Afghanistan, who's spent his career in the shadow world of special ops, revealed little, but it was still fascinating.

May 13, 2010

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

May 12, 2010