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Overhaul Urged in Care for Soldiers… Kerry Says Dole –Shalala Commission Report Requires Immediate Action

A new report by a presidential commission that examined the care given to wounded U.S. service members was released on Wednesday. The report “recommended “fundamental changes” aimed at simplifying the military’s convoluted health-care bureaucracy and overhauling the veterans disability system for the first time in more than half a century.” The panel issued six broad […]


4,000. 4,000. Bloomberg reports: Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001. Of the 4000 that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bloomberg notes that a “total of 3,596 have died […]

John Kerry Calls for New Approach to Fighting Terrorism (UPDATED – AUDIO)

The WaPo reported today that there has been no drop in the violence in Iraq since Bush’s troop surge began (Michael noted this here earlier). Three months into the new U.S. military strategy that has sent tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq, overall levels of violence in the country have not decreased, as […]

Powell Calls for Closure of Military Prison at Guantanamo, Says U.S. Should Not Have Invaded Iraq

Bush’s former secretary of state Colin L. Powell said on “Meet The Press” on Sunday that he “would close down the U.S. military prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, “this afternoon” because it has become a major problem in “the way the world perceives America.”” Powell said, “Essentially, we have shaken the belief […]

John Kerry on the Pentagon Decision To Replace General Pace

Out with the old.. In with the new… Once again the Bush Administration is pulling the switcheroo to avoid the obvious. Gen. Peter Pace is being replaced as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a move that reflects a feeling among top civilian officials at the Pentagon and in the White House that the […]

What It Means To Be Secure

Gary Hart reminds us “What It Means To Be Secure” on the all new HuffPo. Hart says: The current debate on financing military operations in Iraq, as well as the Memorial Day just past, stimulated yet again my 30-year search for a national security policy that liberal and progressive Americans can endorse. He weighs in […]

Bush Leaks Classified Intelligence for Political Gain

Never let it be said that the Decider/Commander Guy doesn’t have playing politics down to a science. On Tuesday, Bush “declassified intelligence showing in 2005 Osama bin Laden planned to use Iraq as a base from which to launch attacks in the United States, according to White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe.” Johndroe said the intelligence […]

Kerry, Clinton, Emanuel, Murphy and Walz Fight for Full Troop Pay Increase

Following up on my two earlier posts (here and here) on the Military pay raise issue, John Kerry held a press conference on Tuesday with Senator Hillary Clinton, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill. 5th District), and House Democratic military veterans Tim Walz (D-Minn. 1st District) and Patrick Murphy (D-Penn. 8th District) to call […]