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MRAPs, sprained ankles, air conditioning, farting contests and other snapshots from the American war in Afghanistan.

Why it's wrong to equate military service with heroism.

Rachel Maddow today is less bold on Afghanistan than Walter Cronkite was 32 years ago on Vietnam, even though the CBS anchor was the far more mainstream of the two.

In "honor" of the ignominous end of the career of Lt. General Stanley McChrystal, at the hands of Rolling Stone magazine, let's take a moment to remember why Lt. Gen. McChrystal never deserved to be promoted lat year. He deserved to be indicted.

Firing McChrystal is not nearly as important as doing away with his counterinsurgency policies.

Last month, the House of Representatives took steps toward repealing the military's discriminatory DADT policy, pending the results of a Pentagon study on the issue. But what impact could the study have on the repeal of DADT?

The Tea Party’s guide to American exceptionalism: It is all about race.

Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Elena Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard Law School was the right one.

American support for repressive governments has provided fertile ground for recruitment.

The seventh anniversary of the start of the Iraq war dawned today with very little notice in the media--but at the start of the war, many more newspapers opposed it than we now remember.

Blogs

He’ll probably be confirmed, but the former senator didn’t exactly stand tall.

February 1, 2013

With covert ops and drone warfare on the rise, we have to ask ourselves about how we fight terrorism.

January 28, 2013

Putting women on the frontlines is about much more than military policy.

January 25, 2013

Droney the predator drone doesn't understand sex scandals.

November 20, 2012

The media's blind veneration for the military figures led to its shellschocked response to David Petraeus's affair.

November 15, 2012

More revelations arrive in the ongoing scandal surrounding ex–CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus.

November 13, 2012

America, and its media, love a sex scandal, but what happens when the figure at the center of it has been hailed as a hero?

November 12, 2012

The great liberal scoped out a vision for less military spending and more investment in domestic renewal. Now, even (some) conservatives get the point.

October 19, 2012

From the Gettysburg to Afghanistan, our tendency to romanticize war causes us to gloss over its hellish aspects.

September 25, 2012

Don't expect anything to change at the Department of Defense in 2012.

July 24, 2012