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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

How did Markos Moulitsas Zúñiga, founder and publisher of the Daily Kos—the largest progressive community blog in the United States—go from a Reagan-loving conservative to a successful entrepreneur in the progressive movement?

November 30, 2010

President Obama's go-slow approach to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" discrimination in the military has left repeal on life support in a lame-duck session of Congress.

November 11, 2010

Documents recently released by WikiLeaks confirm that the Pentagon knew about the real civilian death toll in Iraq, and that security forces were torturing detainees.

October 26, 2010

What price do we place on the life of a 9-year-old boy, shot by one of our soldiers?



October 23, 2010

With Bob Gates on the way out, and a new national security adviser who's a war skeptic, Obama has shifted gears on negotiating with the Taliban.

October 14, 2010

The Log Cabin Republicans triumph in a lawsuit that could end DADT—unless the Obama administration appeals the ruling.

October 13, 2010

The military's most elite, secretive force has started advertising for highly-sensitive positions on public jobs sites. Is this 'Preparing the Battlefield' 2.0?

August 25, 2010

For the drawdown in Iraq, I'll give President Obama credit where it's due. Still, it's a tragedy that even he will not apologize for the criminal destruction of that country by the United States.

August 2, 2010

Why resuming ties with Indonesia's special forces, Kopassus, ain't such a hot idea.

July 23, 2010