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DNC Chair Votes To Allow USA To Go To War In Iraq Again

Any effective Democratic Party strategy has to include a means of differentiating itself from the Republican Party. There are only two substantial political parties of any size in the USA, after all, and if citizens don’t believe that there is any serious difference between those two parties, voter turnout will drop to absurdly low levels.

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Old War Powers Concerns Prove Justified With Obama And Iraq

Back in 2002, when Congress was debating giving George W. Bush expansive authorization to go to war in Iraq, one of the main concerns of skeptics was that the authorization could be used by the White House to engage in acts of war in the future that had only a tangential relation to the supposed [...]

Name That Representative

Yesterday, as many members of Congress urged the Obama White House to bring the American military back into Iraq to get the USA involved in the Iraqi civil war, one member of the U.S. House of Representatives urged restraint, saying, “Today, we are less than 4 percent of the world’s population, and we have a [...]

Myth of A Successful Iraq War Continues

I was struck when I passed by a new stand this morning and saw what was on the front cover of the Detroit Free Press. The headline read: Heartbroken U.S. Vets Watch In Dismay As Sacrifices In Iraq Unravel.

The implication was clear: American soldier The Iraq War in order to provide the [...]

Know Your Enemy Better: The Top 10 Federal Contractors of 2013

A few years ago, I shared with you patterns of connection between the Top 10 federal contractors of 2011. Let’s return to that subject with federal contracting data for 2013, released last month by the Federal Procurement Data System. The top 10 private contractors with the United States government in fiscal year 2013 were:

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What If We Had An Honest National Desert Storm and Desert Shield War Memorial?

Imagine what would happen if Congress passed a law requiring that war memorials show visitors the complete, unfiltered experience of our country’s wars. [...]

The Problematic Prayer Of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

The U.S. Government God is a god of war, and Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld is all too happy to be its priest. [...]

How will Obama Justify Executing Americans Without Trial?

Good news comes this morning for Americans who believe that the President of the United States should not be held above the law.

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Obama Administration must release secret memos that describe the legal justification for Barack Obama’s order to have an American citizen killed because of [...]

U.S. Congress Not Really Bothered By Ukraine Crisis

In the Ukraine, pro-Russian fighters have taken over a Ukranian naval base on the Crimean peninsula. Russian soldiers have entered the peninsula, as the Russian government formally claimed the territory as its own.

In the United States, members of the U.S. Congress have given angry speeches in the past about Russia’s intentions to take the [...]

What The Ukraine?

This weekend’s big story has been the escalating conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. (What’s up with the muted reaction to the Optic Nerve story?)

It’s a complex situation, but I find that I just can’t move beyond the dread that the United States and Russia could be moving toward a new Cold War.

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Better The Chopping Block Than The Firing Squad For American Soldiers

Yesterday, South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson angrily denounced a proposal to reduce the number of soldiers in the military, saying that the decision “threatens national security.” Representative Wilson seems to have forgotten that not one soldier among the huge number employed by the U.S. military on September 11, 2011 were able to do a thing [...]