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Question Everything

The technical name was Perimeter, but some called it Mertvaya Ruka, Dead Hand. “The Perimeter system is very, very nice,” he says. “We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military.”

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Wall Street Journal

The Pentagon has told its top commander in Afghanistan to delay submitting his request for additional troops, defense officials say, amid signs that the Obama administration is rethinking its strategy for combating a resurgent Taliban.

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LA Times

The CIA is deploying teams of spies, analysts and paramilitary operatives to Afghanistan, part of a broad intelligence "surge" that will make its station there among the largest in the agency's history, U.S. officials say. When complete, the CIA's

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Paul Craig Roberts

Researchers examined why big lies succeed where little lies fail. Governments can get away with mass deceptions, but politicians cannot get away with sexual affairs. The researchers explain why so many Americans still believe that Saddam Hussein was

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Wall Street Journal

NATO investigators believe that 30 civilians were killed in a controversial U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, a preliminary finding that could spark new pressure for disciplinary actions against the German and American personnel involv

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AP

The vast majority — 5,600 since January — have been freed due to a lack of evidence that would be admissible in Iraqi courts and the military's unwillingness to compromise intelligence sources by bringing them forward as witnesses. About 1,400 have b

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Radio Free Europe

If his spokesman Dmitry Peskov is to be believed, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his Valdai club discussions with foreign experts came out against both military action and against imposing further sanctions on Iran

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Reuters

Even more U.S. troops will likely be needed in Afghanistan beyond the 68,000 who will have deployed there by the end of this year, the top U.S. military officer said on Tuesday. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did n

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WSJ via Economic Policy Journal

Events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, probably by next spring. That strike could well fail.Or it could succeed at the price of oil at $300 a barrel, a Middle East war, andAmerican servicemen

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David Swanson via LewRockwell.com

The Army Experience Center, an amusement hall built in a Philadelphia area shopping mall to make killing and dying look like fun to kids, has been the focus of repeated protests and criticism. This past weekend hundreds again protested at the AEC, an

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McClatchey

Two Katyusha rockets fired from southern Lebanon struck northern Israel Friday, near the city of Nahariya. There The Israeli military responded by firing between 12 and 15 artillery shells toward the suspected launching site, military sources said. While no group has claimed responsibility, Israel Radio said a group associated with Global Jihad is suspected of being behind the fire. Lebanese media reported the rockets were fired from the town of Qlaileh and that Israel directed its artillery fire toward the town

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Breitbart

(lol After the plan) A powerful US senator warned against sending more American troops to Afghanistan, signalling growing skepticism over the war within President Barack Obama's own party.Carl Levin, the influential chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was the latest top Democrat in Congress to voice opposition to a fresh military build-up in Afghanistan, as the White House weighs deploying yet more troop combat troops.But his comments came as the Pentagon confirmed it intended to send more troops to Afghanistan to tackle a growing threat from improvised explosive devices.

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NY Times

Often funny and always profane, the blog, Embrace the Suck, flies under the Army’s radar. Not officially approved, it is hidden behind a password-protected wall because the reservist does not want his superiors censoring it.

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Washington Times

It was an article of faith to Democrats during the latter years of the George W. Bush administration that Afghanistan was the "right war," in contrast to the "wrong war" in Iraq. Taking a vocal stand for Afghanistan enabled them to slam President Bush's unpopular Iraq policy while adopting a fashionably hawkish stand on the war on terrorism. No one likes al Qaeda, and this posture gave then-candidate Barack Obama the chance to say tough-guy things like, "We must make it clear that if Pakistan cannot or will not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets like bin Laden if we have them in our sights." Because Iraq was the idee fixe of the antiwar crowd, talking about Afghanistan wasn't likely to alienate the doves so long as Iraq was roundly denounced. Anyway, they knew it was just political posturing, right? What a difference a year makes. Conditions in Iraq have improved dramatically, and security in Afghanistan is deteriorating. An Aug.

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Al Jazeera

Russia has denied a cargo ship whose apparent disappearance sparked an international mystery was carrying S-300 anti-aircraft missiles bound for Iran.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, on Tuesday dismissed a report in a British newspaper that the Arctic Sea was carrying a batch of the sophisticated Russian-made weapons when it was apparently hijacked by pirates.

"Regarding the S-300s on board the Arctic Sea, this is absolutely untrue," Lavrov said.

Russian investigators also announced they had begun inspecting the ship and so far had only found its official cargo of timber.


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CounterPunch

Cindy Sheehan will be at Martha’s Vineyard beginning August 25 a short way from Obama’s vacation paradise of the celebrity elite but very far from the Afghanistan and Pakistan and Iraq where the body bags and cemeteries fill up each day as Obama’s wars rage on.    She will remain there from August 25 through August 29 and has issued a call for all peace activists to join her there.  For those of us close by in the New England states and in New York City, there would seem to be a special obligation to get to Martha’s Vineyard as soon as we can.

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