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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.

Despite Bush's feel-good rhetoric, the United States has done little to help Afghanistan, leaving the impression of abandonment. Meanwhile, European troops work hard to build bridges to the locals.

The Corvallis City Council approved a resolution calling for American
troops to come home from Iraq.

If the war in Iraq is winding down, why does the Pentagon need so
much money? Because the Bush Administration has visions of a permanent
war economy.

The overlooked players in the torture scandal are the medical personnel
who supervise--and often participate in--acts of torture. Military
medical professionals have reportedly tailored torture sessions to the
personalities of detainees, at a time when their professional
conscience should have told them to take an ethical stand. Though
they're not the usual suspects, they should be investigated as
well.

"Do what has to be done" is the motto of the investigative arm of the
US military. But when the understaffed institution regularly loses
evidence and delays autopsies, it does too little. When it attempts to
protect evidence by detaining witnesses, it does too much. A look at
the inherently flawed investigations of detainees.

With 457 blunt-spoken words, John Murtha broke the spell that had held
the country captive to the misguided adventure in Iraq. It suddenly
became respectable to talk of a pullout. It was his finest moment: For
the first time, there is hope this war may end.

Blogs

University leaders and government officials are collaborating on drone research, provoking troubling questions about privacy, academic independence and economic profit. 

December 4, 2013

Commanders are also encouraging service members to lobby against Senator Gillibrand’s bill. 

November 15, 2013

In trying to obtain VA benefits for the mental health effects of military sexual trauma, many survivors face bureaucratic hurdles, long delays and ultimately, rejection. 

November 11, 2013

Politicians are outraged over the loss of military death benefits—but not the deaths themselves.

October 9, 2013

It's become a joke, but the Pentagon is still throwing billions at it. 

July 26, 2013

A fight is escalating between Senate Democrats about taking prosecution out of the chain of command, a reform advocates argue is crucial but the Pentagon says is out of the question. 

July 19, 2013

Seventeen members of nuclear launch crews have been fired and launch codes perhaps compromised, but there's little media attention.

May 10, 2013

The famed “psycho-historian” explores the true meanings, and dangers, of the new “killing technology.”

May 2, 2013

The congressman sees an opportunity to confront military bloat in the deficit debates and war-weariness.

May 1, 2013

The answer is diplomacy, not war.

April 26, 2013