Death of Famed SEAL Sniper Highlights Military’s Mental Health Crisis

By: Monday February 4, 2013 6:05 am

Former Navy SEAL sniper and author Chris Kyle has been shot and killed. Kyle was the deadliest sniper in U.S military history with 160 confirmed kills and 255 claimed kills serving four tours in Iraq. He died at the hands of an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder whom he was counseling. [...]

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Paid $5 Million By Military Contractor L-3

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 6:54 am

L-3 Communications, through its parent company Engility Holdings Inc, has disclosed in an SEC filing that it has paid over $5 million to victims of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the U.S occupation. From the Associated Press: A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture [...]

Number of Homeless Iraq, Afghan Veterans Doubles

By: Friday December 28, 2012 5:06 am

One of the Vietnam War’s legacies was a generation of homeless veterans – traumatized by war and uncared for by the system that happily used them for its own ends before leaving them to the streets. Now, despite constant crowing about reforms at the Veterans Administration and treatment for mental illness in the military, it [...]

Report: Former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel To Be Nominated as Secretary of Defense

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 11:45 am

Hans Nichols at Bloomberg reports that former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and one of the few early GOP converts against the Iraq War, is the leading candidate to replace Leon Panetta at the Department of Defense. Hagel, who served as an enlisted Army infantryman in Vietnam, has passed the vetting process at [...]

Tensions Mount With New Provocations in Iran

By: Monday September 17, 2012 11:38 am

When you talk about tail risk for the US economy, sweeping away the European crisis and the fiscal cliff, perhaps the biggest potential comes from an oil price shock. Combined with any fiscal tightening, that could easily snap the US into recession. And the biggest threat of this stems not from the protests outside US [...]

Jim Marshall, Iraq War Hawk, Takes Over US Institute of Peace

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:41 pm

This isn’t all that important, but what the heck, it’s Friday afternoon, and I think this little story is indicative of the funhouse mirror that is Washington, DC. Jim Marshall, a former Blue Dog Democratic House member from Georgia, was picked to become the President and CEO of the US Institute of Peace. I suppose [...]

Bush Administration Ignored Multiple Warnings of 9-11, Claimed Bin Laden Attack Fake Cover for Saddam

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 6:57 am

Today is the day in our quadrennial orgy of political campaigning where the two sides lay down their arms and grow silent in commemoration of 9/11. Ads get pulled, candidates lay wreaths, the military gets praised. Therefore, it took serious guts for the New York Times to publish an op-ed from Kurt Eichenwald, based on [...]

Iraq Violence Claims Nearly 100 Lives as Insurgency Pulls Off Multiple Attacks

By: Monday July 23, 2012 10:54 am

As Americans mourn the tragic shooting that left 12 dead in Colorado, consider that nearly ten times as many Iraqis died, in a country 1/10th the size, in a wave of attacks from presumably Sunni insurgents today. In a coordinated display intended to show they remain a viable force, Iraqi insurgents launched at least 37 [...]

Administration Acknowledges “Direct Action” in Somalia and Yemen

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 8:28 am

In a report required by the War Powers Resolution, President Obama for the first time acknowledged that the US has taken “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen to attack remnants of Al Qaeda, spreading the battlefield authorized by the AUMF passed shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001. In the letter, the President updates [...]

Lindsey Graham: No Night Raids, No Troops in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 8:55 am

Lindsey Graham was one of the more vocal critics of the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He said that the Obama Administration “failed” by not being able to secure an agreement with the Iraqi government to allow troops to stay beyond the end of 2011. He added that “I fear this decision has set in [...]

Administration Calls for $450 Billion War Funding Cap

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 1:38 pm

Did you know that the federal government expects to spend $450 billion on fighting wars over the next decade? This, despite the removal of all troops fron Iraq, and the transition of combat missions over to the Afghans by 2014, if not a year earlier? That’s what we can take from the numbers in the [...]