U.S. Marines assigned to the female engagement team (FET) of I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) conduct a patrol alongside a poppy field while visiting Afghan settlements in Boldak, Afghanistan, April 5, 2010.  (DoD / Cpl. Lindsay L. Sayres, U.S. Marine Corps)
13 Mar 2017

Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace In Afghanistan

Despite over 15 years of support, the Afghanistan government currently controls only 63 percent of the country

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Image from Defense Business Board report
07 Dec 2016

Pentagon Says $125 Billion Waste Report Not Suppressed

Citing a report from January 2015 and 28,000 downloads from its website, the Department of Defense argued it had not suppressed a report on wasteful spending.

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US Ambassador to UN Samantha Power and Henry Kissinger as she received Kissinger Prize. June, 2016 (by US Mission to UN)
27 Sep 2016

Samantha Power’s Rhetoric Endangers Peace Talks; Nusra Interview Claims US & Israeli Support

Samantha Power and others accused Russia of barbarism and war crimes before walking out of the emergency UN meeting they convened, and more in our round-up.

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Chelsea Manning's prison mugshot from week she began hormone therapy (via Chelsea Manning Support Network)
14 Sep 2016

In Precedent For Transgender Prisoners, Chelsea Manning To Receive Gender Reassignment Surgery

The United States Army agreed to provide Chelsea Manning access to gender reassignment surgery days after she launched a hunger strike to force the military to provide the medical treatment she needs. If the Army follows through, Manning will likely set a precedent that could be hugely positive for thousands

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Aerial view of the Pentagon, Arlington, VA (by Mariordo Camila Ferreira & Mario Duran Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons)
07 Sep 2016

Inspector General Report: Pentagon Misreporting Trillions Of Dollars

The Pentagon has been caught, once again, not keeping track of where the money is going and remains unable to go through an audit.

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"13 yo Mohamed, IDP from #Saada, broke his leg walking thru a field of #Cluster submunition in #Safra #YemenCrisis" — Photos via Rasha Mohamed (@RashaMoh2) on Twitter. Original: https://twitter.com/RashaMoh2/status/618418289190940672
15 Aug 2016

US Defense Firms Profit By Saudi Arabia’s Slaughter Of Yemen

While the US defense industry gains billions selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, thousands of innocent civilians in Yemen lose their lives.

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Signatories to Right/Left letter on Defense Cuts
02 May 2016

Right And Left Coalition Propose Over $38 Billion In Cuts For Pentagon

While conservatives and progressives in America may have stark differences, we all agree on reducing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer money.

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Information Awareness Office Logo By USGov-Military [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
11 Apr 2016

Report: Pentagon Not Enforcing Revolving Door Corruption Regulations

A recent report reveals the Pentagon is not keeping track of whether former employees are complying with revolving door laws designed to prevent corruption.

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Still image from Hillary Clinton's Iraq war speech on the Senate floor in October 2002.
22 Mar 2016

New US Base In Iraq Drawing Fire From All Sides

The US built its first base in northern Iraq since 2014, and in the process united ISIS and Iranian-backed Shiite militias in a common cause.

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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