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The ghosts of Vietnam are everywhere, as counterinsurgency makes a comeback in the Pentagon budget.

Jon Stewart wonders what upside down world sees a defense spending increase as a deep cut.

The privatization of veterans' healthcare limits the government's ability to honor those who serve.

In a 2009 Nation editorial the Congressman passionately called for money for healthcare, not warfare. 

Reining in the Pentagon's wanton spending habits is going to be a long, hard slog.

If Israel in Gaza and the United States, through its use of torture in Iraq, have committed war crimes, what can be done?

By honoring the psychological wounds of soldiers--not shaming them--the armed forces might give fighting men and women the respect they deserve.

After the primary players in the Bush administration leave office, will they be held accountable for war crimes?

Military officials who have prosecuted and defended detainees explain why we cannot continue to deny Gitmo prisoners the rights they deserve.

Taking on the Pentagon, with its mega-budget and its mega-power, may be the hardest task Barack Obama faces.

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“It is unacceptable that the Defense Department continues to waste massive amounts of money,” Sanders argues.

December 18, 2014

Despite promises of “zero tolerance” for sex crimes, new reforms and a report showing fewer incidences of assault, members of the military are still being raped, filmed while showering and discouraged from reporting.

December 5, 2014

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

November 10, 2014

Media fearmongering, political grandstanding and everything else you need to launch a new military mission. 

September 22, 2014

The Nation’s editor appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to discuss press coverage of ISIS and whether some members of the media are participating in war-mongering.

September 8, 2014

Nick Kristoff defends Bush, Chelsea Manning defends journalism, and the Post recounts our government's bungled efforts to catch Edward Snowden.

June 16, 2014

Like 2003 all over again, American pundits debate new intervention in Iraq.

June 13, 2014

New documents raise questions about the soldier's mental health. 

June 12, 2014

Politicians and the media must focus on the bigger picture: the crisis facing returning veterans and the current inability of the federal government to help them. 

May 30, 2014

“Drones have entered our consciousness. Suddenly, they seem to be everywhere,” says Robert Jay Lifton. 

May 30, 2014