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ISIS: Don't Get Fooled Again

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I'm not one to jump on the meme bandwagon, but I'd like to see this idea propagate. When it all comes down to it, ISIS/ISIL is not a threat to America any more than the mythological "WMDs" Saddam Hussein supposedly had. Let's make sure our fellow Americans are reminded of the mistakes of the past so we're not doomed to repeat them.

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A Soldier's Last Words

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Daniel Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of Task Force Lightning, an intelligence unit. In 2004-2005, he was mainly assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he ran more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, interviewed countless Iraqis ranging from concerned citizens to community leaders and and government officials, and interrogated dozens of insurgents and terrorist suspects. In 2006-2007, Daniel worked with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) through his former unit in Mosul where he ran the Northern Iraq Intelligence Center. His official role was as a senior analyst for the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and part of Turkey). Daniel suffered greatly from PTSD and had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and several other war-related conditions. On June 10, 2013, Daniel wrote the following letter to his family before taking his life. Daniel was 30 years old. His wife and family have given permission to publish it.

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Noam Chomskey On The Assasination Of Bin Laden

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In the wake of the killing of Osama Bin Laden, MIT professor Noam Chomsky comments on the issue claiming, "There is much more to say"...

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Anybody's Son Will Do

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[Psychology]
In 1983, the National Film Board of Canada produced a 57-minute film, "Anybody's Son Will Do". Arguably the best documentary on military recruitment ever made, and tailored for public television, it scared the hell out of the U.S. military machine, which has done its best to "disappear" it. For years it has been nearly impossible to find a copy, until now.

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Racism As A Tool Of The American Military

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Mike Prysner describes a mission he took part in which his unit forced Iraqis out of half a dozen homes, with no compensation, so the US military could use them. "One family in particular, a woman with two small girls, very elderly man, and two middle-aged men--we dragged them from their houses and threw them onto the street, and arrested the men because they refused to leave." Since he left, he has been plagued by guilt, "anytime I see a mother with her children, like the one who cried hysterically and screamed that we were worse than Saddam as we forced her from her home--anytime I see a young girl like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street." Prysner also describes the physical abuse of a wounded prisoner, with a sandbag over his head and his hands tied behind his back. "We were told we were fighting terrorists; the real terrorist was me, and the real terrorism is this occupation."

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A Pulitzer Winner You're Not Going To See On Cable

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The Pulitzer's came out this week but there's one winner who's story (or name, even) you probably haven't heard of. His name is David Barstow and he writes for a little newspaper called the... I have it right here, one second- New York Times', maybe you've heard of it. But you could be forgiven for not having heard of him thanks to every cable news network in America.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski On Israel's Attack And Bush's Incompetence

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[Military]
Former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski offered his expertise on the conflict in Gaza on Joe Scarborough's show, and after being badgered by Scarborough, he accused Joe of being so stunningly superficial in his analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that it's "embarassing."

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Before You Enlist: A Short Film About Recruitment Realities

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Before You Enlist! provides a rational voice to counter the seductive and often deceptive recruiting practices of the U.S. military. The message is not "don't enlist" but rather to provide young people and their families a more complete picture of the life-altering consequences of joining the military especially in wartime.

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Olbermann: Bush Gives Up Golf To Respect Soldiers' Sacrifice

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Keith Olbermann goes off on a rant addressing George W. Bush's attempt to empathize with fallen soldiers fighting in Iraq.... by giving up golf. Or has he?

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"Pentagon Pundits" Scandal Continues To Loom

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In case you haven't heard, another big scandal for the administration involves so-called, "Pentagon Pundits" -- supposedly "retired" military officers that appear on network news to talk about "the war in Iraq" and how good its going. Well, it turns out these "retired pundits" were on the government payroll...

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Real Life "Private Ryan" Screwed By Military

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Forced to leave the combat zone after his two brothers died in the Iraq war, Army Spc. Jason Hubbard faced another battle once he returned home: The military cut off his family's health care, stopped his G.I. educational subsidies and wanted him to repay his sign-up bonus.

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Groups Calling For Condoleezza Rice's Resignation

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[Beating Dead Horses]
Thanks to a new report from ABC News, we now know that Condoleezza Rice led White House meetings authorizing torture that were so detailed, "the interrogation sessions were almost choreographed."

Several groups, including Brave New Films, True Majority, USAction, and Democracy for America have launched a campaign to START calling out our leaders by focusing on Condoleezza Rice.

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US Calls Bombing Run That Kills 500 Civillians "Success"

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US forces boasted of successfully completion of the aerial bombing "blitz", which flattened the Baghdad suburb of Arab Jabour, as Iraqis mourned more than 500 civilians who died when 114,500 pounds of bombs rained on their homes.

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Soldier Comments On Political Battle Over Iraq

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While most of the Republican party is towing the same "stay the course line", Ron Paul is continuing to argue for immediate withdrawal. In a recent debate Huckabee said we have to stay in Iraq "to preserve our honor", Ron Paul disagreed. Here's what one soldier who was deployed to Iraq has to say about it.

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Ecuador to US: Only Fair To Give Us Military Base In Miami

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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said Washington must let him open a military base in Miami if the United States wants to keep using an air base on Ecuador's Pacific coast.

Correa has refused to renew Washington's lease on the Manta air base, set to expire in 2009. U.S. officials say it is vital for counter-narcotics surveillance operations on Pacific drug-running routes.

"We'll renew the base on one condition: that they let us put a base in Miami -- an Ecuadorean base," Correa said in an interview during a trip to Italy.

"If there's no problem having foreign soldiers on a country's soil, surely they'll let us have an Ecuadorean base in the United States."

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Bill Clinton Reacts To GOP Moveon Condemnation: Bait And Switch

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In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, President Bill Clinton said there was something "Completely disingenuous about the feigned outrage"? from conservatives over the MoveOn ad.

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Senate Wastes Time/Money Slapping Wrist of Moveon.org

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Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death EstimatorHaving addressed all the nation's other issues, Congress now has time to waste passing meaningless resolutions saying they don't like stuff, such as activist group Moveon.org's recent ad calling Bush administration war spokesman, David Petraeus, a sell-out for not telling the truth about the surge's "progress."

In a classic case of Attack the messenger, ignore the message, conservative groups are going after Moveon.org, the New York Times and everybody in between, meanwhile the war rages on and the truth is lost in between the latest report on OJ, and those who disgree being called unpatriotic and fascist.

The Senate just told you to sit down and be quiet! What are you going to do about it?

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Military Recruitment Facts, Myths And Outright Lies

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According to a new book called, "Army of None", there are plenty of reasons to be very suspicious about what a military recruiter tells you about the benefits and details of service in the armed forces...

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A. Whitney Brown Supports Our Troops

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[Humor]
We've all heard the phrase, "Support Our Troops" but I think ex-Saturday Night Live player, A. Whitney Brown best describes what it all means...

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Iraq Government Wants Blackwater Out Of The Country

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The Iraqi government said it would suspend the license of Blackwater, probably the most famous among the armies of private security contractors working inside Iraq, after an incident in central Baghdad in which government officials allege eight civilians were killed. The incident looks certain to rekindle the controversy of the wide role given to the contractors in the Iraq war, with critics saying that they operate outside the sorts of legal oversight and codes of conduct that restrict the behavior of soldiers in war zones.

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