Category Archives: military

Al Jazeera English: Israeli electioneering gathers pace

by matttbastard Related: JPost: Likud, Kadima escalate mutual attacks: The Likud and Kadima parties intensified their attacks against each other on Sunday after the cease-fire took effect in the Gaza Strip, formally ending Operation Cast Lead and restarting the election … Continue reading

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A Violent Collision Between Rhetoric and Reality

by matttbastard (video courtesy CSPANJunkie) Apparently Rafah-based freelance journalist and teacher Fida Qishta was otherwise occupied and didn’t get Secretary Rice’s helpful reminder re: ‘responsibility’ before filing the following dispatch to the Graun: I wake up at 7am after an … Continue reading

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I Think We Have An Emergency

by matttbastard (Flickr, all rights reserved) Shorter Tzipi Livni: “I don’t care how much it costs — find me the person who  salvaged Brit Brit’s image and get them on the payroll ASAP!” Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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CP: Torture Continues in Afghanistan Under Canada’s Watch

by matttbastard Awesome: An agreement between Canada and the Afghanistan government has not stopped the torture of Afghan detainees after Canadian troops hand them over to Afghan security forces, the Federal Court of Appeal heard Wednesday. A lawyer for human-rights … Continue reading

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Got Somethin’ Stickin’ In My Eye

by matttbastard The Washington Post reports today that (forcedly) retired General Eric Shinseki has been tapped by President-elect Obama to lead Veterans Affairs: Shinseki, a 38-year veteran, is best known for his four years as Army chief of staff, and … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: John McCain and “the Power of War”

by matttbastard John McCain has been said to have neoconservative inclinations; to critics, this suggests a commitment to the unilateral deployment of military force to bring about a democratic transformation in once-hostile countries. The question of whether he’s a neocon, … Continue reading

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Gone Till November

by matttbastard Cliff Schecter dissects The Maverick’s shoddy record on veterans’ affairs legislation: In 2005, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), now chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced legislation that would have increased veterans’ medical care by $2.8 billion in 2006. … Continue reading

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Hamdan Gets 5.5 Years (Plus Time Served)

by matttbastard Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald reports from beautiful, sunny Guantanamo Bay: In a stunning rebuke, a six-member U.S. military jury Thursday ignored a Pentagon prosecutor’s plea for a 30 years-plus term and ordered Osama bin Laden’s driver … Continue reading

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Hamdan Guilty of ‘Material Support’, Acquitted of More Serious Conspiracy Charges

by matttbastard Hey, it only took seven years, but justice has finally been perverted served: Salim Hamdan was found guilty of providing material support for terrorism at a Guantanamo military commission today, but acquitted of the more serious charge of … Continue reading

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Conversations with History: Andrew J. Bacevich

by matttbastard Historian Andrew J. Bacevich discusses the new American militarism. Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers

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