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Actual defense spending far higher than conventionally reported figures, says analyst

By | 03.09.11 | 4:50 pm

Just when you thought the conversation over government spending had moved firmly from the executive branch to the legislative, Christopher Hellman, a military spending analyst with progressive think tank the National Priorities Project, comes in with a fresh take on President Obama’s budget proposal.

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Rolling Stone: Army psy-ops targets Levin for war support

By | 02.25.11 | 9:31 am | More from The Michigan Messenger

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) — a strong backer of funding for the Afghan war — is among the politicians that were illegally targeted by a U.S. Army psy-ops unit at Camp Eggers in Kabul last year, according to a new report.

Rolling Stone reports that three-star general More…

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Red to Blue: Sowers Tries to Oust Republican in Rural Missouri District

By | 10.04.10 | 4:32 am

Born and raised in Missouri’s conservative, rural eighth district, Tommy Sowers served in the Army as a Ranger and a Green Beret, and then as a professor at West Point. Now the unorthodox Democrat — a critic of the bank bailouts and President Obama’s troop surge in Afghanistan — is More…

Obama to Address Foreign Wars as Democrats’ Discontent Grows

By | 08.02.10 | 8:38 am

At a speech at the national convention of Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta today, President Obama will address the progress being made in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, giving special attention to the deadline for withdrawing all combat troops from Iraq by the end of the month.

Lunchtime Links

By | 07.30.10 | 12:16 pm

The House GOP voted down medical funding for 9/11 victims…

…and Rep. Anthony Weiner is still angry.

July was the deadliest month of the war in Afghanistan for the U.S.

People try to get really strange things through airport security.

The N.Y. More…

Lunchtime Links

By | 07.02.10 | 12:00 pm

Orrin Hatch announces he will vote against Elena Kagan’s confirmation.

Michael Steele says he doesn’t think we should be fighting in Afghanistan.

Republicans weren’t convinced by Obama’s speech to support immigration reform.

The House approved another $37 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan More…

Despite GOP Support for Obama’s Handling of McChrystal/Petraeus, a Few Challengers Dissent

By | 06.24.10 | 12:25 pm

Even though virtually all congressional Republicans — including the party’s Senate and House leadership — praised President Obama’s handling of the removal of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and his selection of Gen. David Petraeus to replace him as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, a few Republican congressional hopefuls used the More…

A Bittersweet Farewell to a TWI Icon, Spencer Ackerman

By | 06.23.10 | 3:15 pm

It is with a mix of emotions that I announce the departure of The Washington Independent’s national security reporter — and in many ways the cornerstone of the site — Spencer Ackerman. Spencer joined TWI when it was still just an idea, and he’s as responsible as anyone for turning More…

With Petraeus Pick, Obama Clarifies His Afghanistan Strategy

By | 06.23.10 | 2:20 pm

“This is a change in personnel,” President Obama said, announcing Gen. David Petraeus’ takeover of the Afghanistan war, “but not a change in policy.” Yes and no.

As I wrote earlier, Petraeus’ return to theater command indicates that an ambiguity in that policy has been clarified. It’s never been More…

McChrystal Speaks on His Resignation/Firing

By | 06.23.10 | 2:04 pm

The cashiered commander of the Afghanistan war just emailed this to reporters:

This morning the President accepted my resignation as Commander of U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan. I strongly support the President’s strategy in Afghanistan and am deeply committed to our coalition forces, our partner nations, and the