Marines in Afghanistan Urination Video Identified

By: Friday January 13, 2012 10:55 am

The Defense Department has identified the four Marines who urinated on dead Taliban soldiers in an infamous video that turned up this week. The military may charge the Marines with war crimes, though a final decision has not been made. As investigators begin the job of determining who is guilty of what crime, the Marines [...]

OMB Trying to Stop Pentagon Slush Funds

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 12:15 pm

There are several ways in which the Defense Department’s extended whine about automatic sequestration cuts to their base budget is a joke, but the White House has apparently sniffed out one of those ways. The Overseas Contingency budget has quickly become a slush fund for the Pentagon. Money earmarked to go toward operations in Iraq [...]

Marine Commandant Amos: No Indication of Troop Discomfort with DADT Repeal

By: Monday February 21, 2011 11:22 am

The fight over worker’s rights and democracy in the Middle East has obscured some of the fights still hanging out there, such as the struggle for LGBT rights. But there’s been a development on that front. Marine Commandant James Amos was the most forceful among the Armed Services chairs in opposing the measure to end [...]

Marine Commandant Conway: Stay in Afghanistan, Keep Gay Soldiers in Separate Sleeping Quarters

By: Wednesday August 25, 2010 6:35 am

James Conway is the commandant of the Marine Corps. One thing you may skip over in this article, which I want to reinforce, is that he’s leaving at the end of the year. So you can disregard his opinion on the kind of things that will happen after he departs: The commandant of the Marine [...]

Secretary of the Army Discusses “De Facto” Moratorium on Discharging Gay Service Members

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 8:11 am

Quite an admission from the Secretary of the Army (a Republican, incidentally): The Army secretary said on Wednesday he would not discharge gay personnel who admitted their sexual orientation to him, despite the “don’t ask, don’t tell” stance that remains official military policy. “What the secretary (of defense) has placed a moratorium on is going [...]

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