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The United States is coming ever closer to a state that matches the Orwellian slogan from 1984: war is peace.

Why is it that GI Joe--like all action figures in all action movies of this moment--has left the all-American battlefield for outer, or future or alternate space?

Reflections on troops that don't depart, experts who never leave the scene, an Air Force that suddenly wasn't there and a war that no longer needs justification.

A single platoon lost in a military limbo is a measurement of the stress under which the US Army now operates.

The United States no longer has the capability to remain a global hegemon, and to pretend otherwise is to invite disaster.

The news that Congress might terminate production of topline fighter jets comes as a considerable victory for President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates.

The former secretary of defense presided over the deaths of millions--and was one of the only officials to publicly express regret.

As Congress and Obama wrangle over the cost of much-needed domestic expenditures, no one suggests that closing some of these unpopular, expensive imperial enclaves might be a good way to save some money.

The ongoing dissent that does exist in the US military, however fragmented and overlooked at the moment, should not be discounted.

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Robert Gates calls for Congress, the Pentagon, and defense contractors to make serious cuts.

May 8, 2010

What effect does training soldiers to "dehumanize" the enemy have on us? And are video games giving us in some part the same training?  

April 9, 2010

Not only is Obama not supporting Karzai's peace jirga, his soldiers are threating to kill Karzai's brother for talking to the Taliban.

March 31, 2010

The war could end in a year or so, with a negotiated settlement, if Obama plays his cards right.

March 24, 2010

Israeli hardliners are making enemies in places where they can hardly afford to do so.

March 16, 2010

The drums of war are beating to convince Obama to stay in Iraq for "many years."

February 24, 2010

More huffing and puffing about war with Iran, this time from Anne Applebaum of the hawkish Washington Post, but first some words of caution from Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

February 23, 2010

"The deaths of three American soldiers in a Taliban suicide attack on Wednesday lifted the veil on United States military assistance to Pakistan." So began a Feb 4th piece by Jane Perlez in the New York Times. But even all these days on, it's been a very discreet unveiling.

February 9, 2010

Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha, the old soldier who looked like and in so many ways was a member of the Democratic establishment of another time, broke with the leadership of his own party and the opposition Republicans at a critical point in 2005 to say it was time to bring the troops home from Iraq.

February 8, 2010

On Tuesday, several of the nation's top military officials, including Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, spoke out in favor of ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Clinton-era policy that can get a lesbian or gay service person fired if their sexuality becomes known. Mullen tweeted later: "Stand by what I said: Allowing homosexuals to serve openly is the right thing to do. Comes down to integrity."

February 4, 2010