U.S. to Use Psych Tests to Vet Syrian Rebels for Moderateness

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 8:30 am

Many have compared those “moderate Syrian rebels” the U.S. keeps looking for to unicorns. The U.S. now thinks it has a new set of tools to scare the unicorns out of hiding, and to tell the nasty terrorists from the good terrorists: psychological evaluations, biometric checks and stress tests. It is unlikely this will help. [...]

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot in Afghanistan

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 7:54 am

Did you know the U.S. war in Afghanistan is still going on? While the American war(s) in Iraq and Syria are the Kardashian’s of geopolitics– can’t get them out of the news, don’t want to look but you do anyway– America’s longest war trudges on. We have been fighting in Afghanistan for over thirteen years [...]

Bowe Bergdahl Swapped for that Marine in Mexico (Satire)

By: Monday November 3, 2014 7:55 am

Just ahead of the highly-contested midterm elections, Obama administration officials are denying rumors that they swapped Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier himself freed from Taliban captivity through a swap for five Guantanamo prisoners, for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi. Tahmooressi was released by coincidence just before the election after several months in a Mexican jail. “It was [...]

Seven Things to Watch in Iraq

By: Monday October 6, 2014 11:21 am

As events tumble forward in Iraq, here are some things to keep an eye on: 1) “Inclusive” Government A cornerstone of solving Iraq, however defined, is the formation of an inclusive government, one that addresses the needs of Sunnis, Shia and Kurds, gives each a sense of substantive participation, creates safety for each and allows [...]

What Will Happen to Secret Prisoners at Bagram as US Withdraws More Forces from Afghanistan?

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:32 pm

The United States will face a deadline at the end of the year and will apparently no longer have the right to hold prisoners in Afghanistan. It will have to decide what to do with a group of prisoners at Bagram military base, who President Barack Obama’s administration would like to continue to hold in [...]

Judge: Government’s Justification for Keeping Detainee Abuse Photos Secret is ‘Not Sufficient’

By: Wednesday August 27, 2014 9:11 pm

A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is “not sufficient to prevent publication.” The federal judge ordered [PDF] the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce [...]

Satire: Interview with Obama’s Nobel Prize Statue

By: Monday August 25, 2014 8:15 am

Famously, the Nobel Committee awarded its prestigious Peace Prize to President Barack Obama. The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama’s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation and a “new climate” [...]

Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

By: Monday August 11, 2014 12:22 pm

Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.” The human rights organization put out a report [PDF] containing ten cases of apparent war [...]

Failure in Iraq, and the Coming Failure in Afghanistan, Explained

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:52 am

The Chinese Army roared through the small town in Northern Virginia. The initial troops were tough veterans of the fighting outside DC, and a lot of people were killed by early shelling and mortar attacks. A tank battle near the Arlington Hospital destroyed much of the building and faulty intelligence that weapons were being stored [...]

Classification: Hiding American War from Americans

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:40 am

Our government classifies a lot of documents, some 92 million in 2011 alone. The ostensible point of all that classification is protect the nation’s secrets. Some of it even makes sense. Troop movements, nuclear things, identities of spies, traditional stuff you want to keep from your enemies. The purpose of classification is not to hide [...]

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