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As criticism over his support for torture and his interference in the Gitmo trials escalates, William J. Haynes steps down.

From the heaving deck of the USS Lake Erie, the Bush Administration takes shaky aim at a rogue satellite hurtling to Earh, carrying unknown secrets. The missile attack is purely humanitarian, they assure us.

Curb your enthusiasm. No matter who wins, we can't reverse the damage of Bush's bloated military budget.

A stressed-out Marine Corps sends its troops on repeated tours to Iraq and then tosses them out when they come back traumatized.

During the cold war, the driving force was the bilateral arms race; now it's proliferation.

Today's military members face red tape, false advertising and multiple deployments. What happened to the promises of the original GI Bill?

With little Congressional scrutiny and nary a whimper of protest, the United States will soon establish permanent military bases in sub-Saharan Africa.

As the eighteenth annual demonstration against the Army's School of the Americas nears, we quiz Democratic hopefuls on whether they would shut it down. Their answers are not encouraging.

As Iraq veterans speak out against a war in shambles, leading Democrats are wavering about quickly removing our troops from this deepening quagmire.

A legal drama is unfolding in Washington State over whether an Army officer who
refuses to serve in Iraq has the same Constitutional rights as the rest of us.

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