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A U.S. Army Soldier conducts a patrol with a platoon of Afghan national army soldiers to check on conditions in the village of Yawez, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Feb. 17, 2010.

As the clock ticks down to the promised withdrawal from Afghanistan, the U.S. military is trying to figure out how to market the idea that the international intervention has actually accomplished its core mission — bringing peace and stability to a nation that has known little of either for the past 35 years. The solution: a little Newspeak. Read more»

A predator drone

In February, during his confirmation process, CIA director John Brennan offered an unusually straightforward explanation: “Where possible, we also work with local governments to gather facts, and, if appropriate, provide condolence payments to families of those killed.” Read more»

A scene from 'Zero Dark Thirty,' directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

As "Zero Dark Thirty" rightly implies, the systematic use of enhanced interrogation techniques came at a steep moral cost while producing little to no valuable information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Read more» 1

Murdoch in 2009.

Rupert Murdoch is the most powerful man in global media, which makes him a strong contender for the most powerful individual in the world. There is no good way to measure this, but the mere panoply of interests and the devil-may-care attitude his employees take toward professional ethics vastly magnifies his power and influence beyond merely giving people the news in his typical biased fashion. Read more»

Petraeus in August 2011.

If you click on the Amazon.com page for the unfortunately titled Paula Broadwell/Vernon Loeb tome "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," you’ll see an interesting disjunction. Overall, the book receives an average of fewer stars from its readers than the four that adorned the general’s uniform. Read more» 1

The penis mightier than the sword. If you'll pardon the pun. Read more»

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Staff Sgt Robert Bales’ odyssey began just over 10 years ago when he joined the military in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks Read more»

Afghan Local Police from Daychopan district are visited by officials from the provincial capital Qalat and Zabul on March 29. The governor visited the district to discuss an Afghan Local Police initiative with elders there.

A disturbing report into human rights abuses by the U.S. backed Afghan police force — including rape and murder — has raised serious questions about the exit plan of the West. Read more»

David Petraeus is sworn is as new CIA director by Vice President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday.

David Petraeus, newly retired from the U.S. Army, was sworn in as director of the CIA in a ceremony led by Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday at the White House. Read more»

Spc. Kyle Graves and Spc. Michael Bartolo, with the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, walk through rice paddies and corn fields while on a combat patrol in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, on Sunday.

Sometimes it helps to look back to something like the Vietnam War so we can get a clearer picture of how to move ahead, and America desperately needs to take a hard look at the truth about the war in Afghanistan. Read more»

Liz Cheney's group quotes U.S. military leaders out of context to attack President Obama's Afghanistan policy. Read more» 1

Gen. David Petraeus

As President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make their way east, having cemented the “essential relationship” between Whitehall and the White House during their glamorous visit to London, a former diplomat is doing his best to expose the fissures between the two countries’ policies in Afghanistan. Read more»

U.S. Army soldiers move into position to support the Afghan National Police in Pana, Afghanistan in 2007.

Now that bin Laden is gone, will the Pashtun tribal leaders in Afghanistan and their followers lose heart and be more willing to come over to the government side as some, such as Gen. John Campbell, have suggested? Read more»

An Afghan National Police Crisis Response Unit member provides security after clearing a room during training conducted by International Security Assistance Force Special Operations Forces in Surobi, Afghanistan, on Dec. 09.

Still riding the wave of euphoria over the Abbottabad strike that took down America’s most-wanted enemy, some in the U.S. policy establishment are advocating for an increased use of Special Forces and the strategic operations they conduct. Read more»

Pakistani officials say that the Pakistani army had full knowledge of the U.S. raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and that it played a larger role in the operation than previously acknowledged. Read more»

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