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The US "war on terror" now extends to an unlikely frontier in Paraguay,
where farmers are caught in the crossfire and human rights groups are
skeptical of the threat posed by Islamic terrorists.

Bolstered by a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked the Bush
Administration's excessive exercise of power, Lieut. Ehren Watada's
pending court-martial could help restore the rule of law and
energize a popular movement to end an illegal war.

In a remarkable, media-savvy protest, First Lieut. Ehren Watada has
refused orders to go to Iraq, claiming the war and the occupation
violate the Constitution, international law and Army regulations.

It's hard to tell whether the US is conducting a war against terror or
against Native Hawaiians, as the military uses parts of the Waianae
coast as a live-fire training ground.

The War Tapes, a documentary shot by US soldiers and sanctioned by the military, may turn out to be the most powerful statement against the war to date.

If certain acts in violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them, and we are not prepared to lay down a rul

Exhausted and overused American forces could become so unglued that staying in Iraq may well
become impossible. Then what?

The Haditha massacre cannot be blamed solely on soldiers gone berserk.
The Marine Corps cover-up suggests that moral damage from the Iraq War
has affected more than a single debased unit.

It's helpful that six retired generals are calling for Rumsfeld's head.
But it would be easier to dislodge him if more Democrats in Congress
joined the fray.

How can the peace movement draw more Iraq War veterans into its ranks?
It can begin by understanding the socioeconomic realities of the
all-volunteer military.

Blogs

Lopez’s acts of mass violence distinguish him from his fellow service members; still, he appears to have shared with many others the experience of coming home to a country unprepared to meet his needs.

April 3, 2014

A bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday asks the administration to make a clearer distinction between combatants and civilians.

April 2, 2014

Citing costs, Republicans blocked comprehensive legislation to extend health care and education. 

February 27, 2014

The cuts ought to be seen as only a down payment on the level of defense spending reductions that are really needed.

February 25, 2014

Congress continues to debate changes to the military justice system after decades of scandals, investigatory panels and trials have failed to stem the sexual assault epidemic. 

February 24, 2014

Industrial rock band Skinny Puppy doesn't want its music to be used "as a weapon."

February 5, 2014

President Benigno Aquino compares China’s offshore assertiveness to Hitler’s Sudetenland grab.

February 5, 2014

To prevent mental illness in American soldiers, bring them home.

February 4, 2014

Fluffy Bunny explains the intricacies of US drone policy to his friend Happy Mouse. 

February 4, 2014

The new (surprise) hit movie Lone Survivor has sparked an important conversation. 

January 16, 2014