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A Well-Written War, Told in the First Person

Mr. Turner is a literal foot soldier in what might be called the well-written war: a recent outpouring of memoirs, fiction, poetry, blogs and even some readable military reports by combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan. Soldier-writers have long produced American literature, from Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs about the Civil War to Norman Mailer’s World War II novel, “The Naked and the Dead,” to Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” about Vietnam.

GORDON DUFF: SPLITTING AMERICA TO SAVE AMERICA

NORTH/SOUTH OR BLACK/WHITE? I HAVE MY OWN IDEAS AND SOME AREN'T GOING TO LIKE IT VERY MUCH. By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor I am simply done...

Foreign Policy Briefing 2/6/10

A group of ex-Taliban officials have prepared a "road map" to promote a political settlement between the Taliban and the Karzai government, Gareth Porter reports for Inter Press Service. The first step would be an agreement between Karzai and the Taliban about no killing of doctors and no damage to roads by the Taliban, in return for no night raids and detention by the United States.

Foreign Policy Briefing 2/5/10

While U.S. officials prefer to focus on low-level fighters while hoping that an additional 30,000 troops can pummel the Taliban into a weaker negotiating position, President Karzai's government has stressed the need to reach out to the Islamist movement's leadership, the Washington Post reports. "It's questionable why the United States just wants to reintegrate the low level of the Taliban and not the leadership," said Karzai's policy chief. "That's something they are concerned about, but from the Afghan side, we are trying to include everyone in negotiations." In public statements, the Taliban has predicated any negotiation on the departure of foreign troops.

Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

The Fundraising Congress What vets need from the prez How to Get Our Democracy Back The death penalty -- it's unworkable To win Afghan war, isolate the...

Editors Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

Robert Scheer writes that if Glass Steagal worked for 60 years, it probably ain't broken. A book on evolution to help kids get through the confusion caused by the flat Earthers. Where's all that damn oil? is the quetion at Tomgram. Vets urge close of Gitmo at Huff Post, Objectivity is not the Holy Grail at Truthdig and the sad news of our losses in Pakistan in today's picks.

Huge Deficits May Hamper America’s Ability to Wage Pointless Wars

Mounting budget deficits for the foreseeable future may "greatly hamper" the U.S.' ability to wage pointless wars, a leading Pentagon general says. According to Gen. Blanton Creegan, "The days of our invading a country for no reason whatsoever may be at an end." Gen. Creegan adds, "In the past, we were able to start a war with a country simply because we said they might have WMD - now, we may actually have to check first."

GORDON DUFF: GEORGE “W” BUSH: THE LEGACY OF AN AMERICAN...

GOP AND CORPORATE PRESS HAVE ONE GOAL:  KEEP BUSH AND HIS CABAL OUT OF PRISON By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor Ask any American, or, in...

War Crimes

America has got to learn two things: First, if you keep slapping your neighbor and picking his flowers, eventually he's going to hit you back. And secondly, if you break into your neighbor's home and wipe out his family, then you get caught with a pocketful of his valuables, trying to plead self-defense won't fly. Any court in the world will convict you of being a murderer and a thief.

Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

Shades of Watergate in Louisiana, from Informed Comment, Whats this Pelican stuff? at TPM, America's fictional Democracy, from Chris Hedges, Big Surprise, another lie from the CIA, and Garrison Keillor says "let the uninsured die?" These and other stories in today's picks.

Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

The Real News' take on Pat Robertson's Hait1 and the Devil BS, A NYT Editorial on Reforming the criminals in the financial industry, and an "Informed Comment" from Juan Cole on the latest bin Laden tape: "First, I do not think it is genuine. Second, I think it demonstrates that Bin Laden, whether he is dead or alive, is now irrelevant" are among the stories in today's picks.

Home Fires: In Balad, Smoke and Fire

Stories of soldiers, veterans and widows who attribute cancers and life-threatening illnesses to exposure to the burn pit are coming to light, as are more numerous reports of unexplained shortness of breath, asthma-like symptoms, respiratory issues and other problems.

Editor’s Picks: News and Opinion Around the Web

Among today's picks, Reining in the Gods of the Fed, Did Obama Win the Iraq War?, Taxing Wall Street Down to Size, The crime of not "Looking Backward," Tomgram: William Astore, Going Rogue in Combat Boots, Alaska Sen. Murkowski's attempt to curb EPA draws criticism, George Will Displays Core GOP Value: Cheap, Disposable Labor # In eastern Afghan province, preview of upcoming surge strategy

Panetta Turns Blind Eye To CIA Killings

Panetta admits in his own words, “In the past year we have done exceptionally heavy damage to al Qaeda. That’s why the extremists hit back.” Got that? It is extremism for al Qaeda to hit back but it is not extremism for the CIA to launch its drone aerial rocket strikes against al Qaeda---, strikes that a protesting Pakistan government has urged the U.S. halt as they are killing innocent civilians, in aggregate probably in the hundreds.

US “Security” Companies Offer “Services” in Haiti

The Orwellian-named mercenary trade group, the International Peace Operations Association, didn’t waste much time in offering the “services” of its member companies like Blackwater/Xe, and Triple Canopy to swoop down on Haiti and it's eartquake stricke populace for some old fashioned humanitarian assistance disaster profiteering.

Home Fires: A Guide and an Ally

By Michael Jernigan / The New York Times I have written several pieces for Home Fires these last couple of years. I have talked...

GORDON DUFF: See No Evil, Obama’s Love Affair with America’s...

America elected Barak Obama for one reason only. We had spent years with a government found to have become utterly corrupt, a pack of criminal gangsters no better than Pinochet in Chile or Pol Pot in Cambodia. We were going to go in, put Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rove, Rice, Ashcroft, Gonzales along with 2 dozen top military leaders and more senior members of Congress in prison. When we were done, we would go thru the oil companies, banks, defense giants, insurance companies and more, doing the same. We hoped that when we were finally done, whoever was left would know that they were part of a government by and for the people, not employees of a criminal conpiracy.

Veterans and military families speak out

We are people who had little to no opportunity to get a college education. We are people who wanted to take our children to the doctor without going bankrupt. We are people who wanted to avoid joining the masses of unemployed and underpaid. Many of us believed the lifetime of indoctrination that told us the U.S. military protects our families here at home, and helps the poor and oppressed abroad.

Iraq-Afghan War Veterans Launch New Business

A group of Iraq-Afghan War veterans, some of whom I know personally, have just launched a series of web sites for booking and managing...

U.S. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan Make History With Length of...

In Politics Daily tonight we learn in an article entitled U.S. Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan Make History With Length of Service that we have just made history. These young people have been in combat longer and more often than any other troops in American history.

GORDON DUFF: Musings: BELIEF, COMMUNISM AND THE ROAD FROM...

THERE IS ONLY ONE DEFINITION OF "BELIEF" A BELIEF IS A LIE By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor When a suicide bomber kills himself and others, generally...

GORDON DUFF: CIA: BUNGLERS OR CON MEN?

Were the seven CIA employees killed in the recent terror attack at Camp Chapman in Afghanistan really CIA? Sources now tell us that some were Blackwater operatives, not CIA at all. Is the CIA and Blackwater one in the same? Are either one or both working for the United States or has the disease of privatization created a culture of greed and incompetence that has left the United States vulnerable and defenseless? Are we simply "out of our depth" in Afghanistan?

GORDON DUFF: MR. CHENEY, WE AREN’T ALL YELLOW

Mr. Cheney, while you and those around you were being kept safe during the Vietnam War, I was fighting in Vietnam. I wasn't fighting for you. If I had known who you were, I would have thrown you in a well in a New York minute. Like generations before me, I hoped my own children wouldn't have to sleep in mud day after day and see their friends blown apart beside them. Now I have to listen to your endless whining about how Americans should think nothing about how important it is to be safe, safe, of course, because we are sending the children we fought to protect out to die for us. If I have to be kept safe in my old age, seeing our kids and grandkids die, many of them husbands, parents, it just isn't worth it. If real killing and dying has to go on to really protect America, something some of us aren't so sure is the case, I will go right now, but I am dragging your bloated hulk with me.

Home Fires: Getting the Word Out

My last memory of Iraq was of boarding a transport plane on the flight line at Balad Air Base in late January 2008. It had been raining and we were hoping to get out of the country before “MUDCON,” or mud conditions, turned every inch of desert not hiding below flight line or rocks into peanut butter. From the corner of my eye I saw a helicopter coming in. It was early in the morning, we’d been awake all night. And there was a Black Hawk helicopter with its generic Red Cross symbol on the nose.

GORDON DUFF: Britain’s Iraq Investigation Pointless without Demanding 9/11 Facts

9/11, THE "MOTHER OF ALL LIES" LURKS IN THE SHADOWS By Gordon Duff Our British allies, sickened by years of revelations of government corruption leading to...

Military Channel: THE CAPTURE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN;

MILITARY CHANNEL DEBUTS INSIDER'S LOOK                     AT THE CAPTURE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN;          ACE IN THE HOLE HAS ITS WORLD PREMIERE THURSDAY, MAY 12 Silver Spring, Md.Meet...