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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.

In part two of a three-part series, Chris Hayes of The Nation debates Reihan Salam of the National Review over the proper role of the US military in the world.

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Proposing a mere $400 billion in defense cuts over the next decade or so just doesn’t cut it.

April 15, 2011

On Tuesday, April 12, people in more than 35 countries, as well as Columbus, Dallas, Kansas City and dozens of other cities throughout the United States, will participate in the first Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

April 12, 2011

Massacres in Afghanistan by Muslim fanatics echo the fanaticism of preachers in Gainesville.

April 2, 2011

The uprisings in the Arab world are too complex to be reduced to a one-size-fits-all doctrine.

March 24, 2011

There's no legitimacy to the UN vote on military action against Qaddafi.

March 19, 2011

There's been a joke going around the labor protests.   It goes something like this:

A union member, a CEO and a Tea Party member are sitting at a table with 12 cookies. The CEO grabs 11, turns to the Tea Partier and says “The Union's out to take your cookie!”

March 3, 2011

Gates speaks to an audience at West Point.

March 1, 2011

A coalition of liberals, antiwar activists, Tea Party types and deficit hawks are getting out the axe for the Pentagon's bloated budget.

February 16, 2011

Washington is integrating Mexico, Central America and Colombia into a neoliberal-neocon corridor, creating a perfect circle of conflict, violence and repression.

February 11, 2011

The uprisings in Egypt have inspired all sorts of people, including Private Bradley Manning, the young man being held in solitary confinement in Quantico, accused of being the source for Wikileaks. Manning's friend David House tweeted after visiting him this week that “Bradley's mood and mind soared” at the news from Egypt.

February 4, 2011