I’ll Be at the Army Heritage Center at the War College

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 6:52 am

The Army has a renewed interest in Iraq, to include what went wrong in Iraq War 2.0 as Iraq War 3.0 metastasizes. Who knew, right? Unlike many other parts of government involved in the Iraq swamp, the Army is a learning institution. Unlike my former employer, the Department of State, who prefers to stay warmly [...]

Shakeup or Shakedown in Iraqi Army?

By: Friday November 14, 2014 8:44 am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, as Commander-in-Chief of the belittled Iraqi Army, fired 26 military commanders on November 12 for corruption and incompetence. “The military leadership should have competence, and this is an important thing, as it is not possible for someone who is not efficient to do his work properly,” Abadi said in comments [...]

Happy Veterans Day

By: Tuesday November 11, 2014 7:38 am

We should all take a moment today, Veterans Day, to thank people in the military for their service. They are decent and sincere men and women who joined believing they would serve their nation, or were looking for a job, an education, college money or some adventure, or all of the above. They then get [...]

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 [...]

Chelsea Manning Sues Pentagon for Denying Her ‘Urgently-Needed’ Medical Care for Gender Dysphoria

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 8:39 pm

Chelsea Manning has filed a lawsuit against the United States Defense Department and the Department of the Army for denying her medical care for her gender dysphoria. It seeks a preliminary injunction requiring the Pentagon to provide “clinically appropriate treatment.” While deployed as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, Manning provided WikiLeaks with around a half [...]

Satire: U.S. Plan in Place to Defeat ISIS

By: Saturday August 16, 2014 7:42 am

Special Forces Sergeant Bill “Buck” Turgidson took a knee behind a sand berm, at an undisclosed location in the scrappy northern Iraqi desert. “Old Mr. ISIS is a clever fighter,” said the hardened veteran, “but even though Uncle Sam has been fighting him for the last 11 years continuously, long past my failed first and [...]

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

By: Friday April 25, 2014 9:08 am

The Chicago Tribune gained access to the 2013 U.S. Army report on the death of State Department Foreign Service Officer Anne Smedinghoff in Afghanistan. She was only 25 years old. She was one of three American civilians, three soldiers and a local interpreter killed in what was once the deadliest day of last year for [...]

Former Church Committee Investigator to Testify at Trial Against US Military Spying on Activists

By: Monday January 13, 2014 5:03 pm

A former Church Committee investigator, former Army intelligence officer and a professor of constitutional law has agreed to be an expert witness in a lawsuit challenging domestic military spying against antiwar activists. From 2006 to 2009, a group called the Port Militarization Resistance (PMR) in Olympia and Tacoma, Washington, organized demonstrations against the “use of [...]

US Army Makes Bradley Manning Court Martial Bit Less Secretive to Avert First Amendment Ruling

By: Wednesday February 27, 2013 6:42 pm

Frequently throughout the long and drawn out process that has become the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, reporters covering proceedings have complained or expressed frustration about the lack of access to court records. But, finally, the military has decided to allow a smidgen of transparency in the court martial to possibly avoid a major [...]

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