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Second Federal Judge Issues Order Blocking Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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For the second time in as many months, a Federal Court is blocking the Administration’s ban on transgender troops in the military.

Presidential Authority To Order Nuclear Launches In The Trump Era

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Is it time to reexamine Presidential authority to launch a nuclear strike?

The Insanity Of Preemptive War Against North Korea

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A preemptive attack on North Korea would be illegal, immoral and, most importantly, insane.

There Are Two Options When It Comes To North Korea, And Only One Of Them Makes Sense

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On North Korea, there are two options, deterrence and war. And only one of those options makes sense.

Bowe Bergdahl Receives Dishonorable Discharge, Reduction In Rank, Will Not Serve Prison Time

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Bowe Bergdahl received a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank, but will not serve time in prison.

Federal Court Blocks Implementation Of Trump’s Ban On Transgender Soldiers

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A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. has blocked the Trump Administration from implementing its ban on transgender soldiers.

America’s Forgotten, And Forever, Wars

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America has become involved in conflicts around the world, largely without the knowledge of the American people or the consent of their representatives, and it doesn’t appear that’s going to end anytime soon.

Questioning Generals Like John Kelly Is Not Only Appropriate, It’s Absolutely Necessary

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The White House believes that it is ‘inappropriate’ to question Generals. This argument is not only wrong, it’s downright dangerous.

John Kelly Defends Trump On Call To Grieving Family, But Gets Many Facts Wrong

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White House Chief Of Staff John Kelly publicly defended the President’s call to a military widow yesterday, but he got several facts wrong in the process.

American-Backed Forces Capture Raqqa, But ISIS Is Far From Defeated

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The capital of the purported caliphate declared by ISIS has apparently fallen, but that doesn’t mean the end of ISIS. In fact, it may make the group more dangerous.

Donald Trump Displays Appalling Disrespect For A Soldier Who Died On His Watch

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President Trump sinks even lower.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion And Other Charges

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The Bergdahl case comes to an end.

Donald Trump’s Disturbing Obsession With, And Ignorance About, Nuclear Weapons

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Donald Trump continues to be as astoundingly ignorant about the most powerful weapons the U.S. military possesses as he was as a candidate.

Trump Administration Preparing To Stay In Afghanistan For The Long Haul

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America’s longest war seems likely to soon turn into America’s never-ending war.

Senate Rejects Amendment To Repeal AUMFs Authorizing The Bush-Obama-Trump Forever Wars

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Once again, Congress is abdicating its Constitutional responsibilities.

No, General Mattis Is Not Defying Trump On The Transgender Military Ban

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Contrary to reports, Secretary of Defense Mattis is not defying the President on his order to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military.

Defense Secretary Mattis Joins Tillerson In Rebuking Trump Over Charlottesville

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Another Cabinet member rebukes the President for his comments about Charlottesville.

Pair Of New Lawsuits Challenge Trump’s Transgender Military Ban

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President Trump’s effort to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military faces two new legal challenges.

Trump Signs Order Barring Transgender Service Members

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President Trump’s shameful decision to ban transgender Americans from the military has nothing to do with military readiness and everything to do with pandering to his far-right base.

Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

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The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

Trump And Afghanistan: New President, Same Policy

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President Trump’s Afghanistan policy sounds awfully familiar, and it’s likely to lead to the same results.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Sounds A Lot Like Obama’s And Bush’s Plan

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Based on initial reports, Trump’s Afghanistan policy looks a lot like what we’ve seen for the past sixteen years.

The 82nd Airborne Is Still Fighting Fascists

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The 82nd Airborne Division is calling out a man who was photographed at the Charlottesville rally on Saturday wearing an 82nd Airborne hat: The 82nd Airborne Division fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II. So after a man in a hat bearing the elite Army paratrooper unit’s insignia was pictured throwing a […]

Just How Far Can North Korea’s Missiles Reach?

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This chart from al-Jazeera shows just how far the missiles that have been developed and tested by North Korea can reach: (click to enlarge) The unknown factor, of course, is whether any of these missiles can actually effectively deliver a payload to the areas that they might be able to reach.

Trump Suggests ‘Military Option’ In Venezuela

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More stupid, irresponsible rhetoric from the President of the United States.

Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban

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Just about two weeks after being announced, the President’s proposed ban on military service by transgender troops is being challenged in Court.

North Korea Passes Key Nuclear Threshold

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Things are getting far more complicated on the Korean Peninsula. Diplomacy isn’t working, and a military option would most likely lead to disaster.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Proposed Ban On Transgender Military Service

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A new poll indicates that a majority of Americans oppose President Trump’s apparent decision to ban transgender service members from the U.S. military: NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The July […]

Not So Fast On That Transgender Ban, Joint Chiefs Say

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff are making clear that President Trump’s tweets are not official policy. At least not yet.

Trump Announces Ban On Transgender Military Service

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A step backward on civil rights from a President who claimed he would be a friend to the LGBT community.

More Norm-Busting by the President

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More evidence the president does not understand his job.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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More provocation from Pyongyang.

U.S. Led Coalition In Syria Killed Nearly 500 Innocent Civilians In One Month

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The current American-led campaign against ISIS in Syria has led to the deaths of nearly 500 civilians, according to a United Nations study: The US-led coalition killed nearly 500 civilians in one month in its pursuit of Islamic State militants in Syria, in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life”. Some […]

Trump’s Military Advisers Want Him To Expand America’s Longest War

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America’s longest war is still going on, and President Trump’s advisers want him to continue his predecessor’s policies of continuing to re-expand American forces in a war that has seemingly no end.

Another North Korean Missile Test Fails As Tensions Continue To Rise

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The North Koreans failed to successfully test a longer-range missile again yesterday, but tensions on the Korean Peninsula seem destined to increase in any case.

Despite Reports, U.S. Carrier Was Nowhere Near Korea

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Just over a week ago it was reported that the United States was moving a carrier battle group headed by the USS Carl Vinson closer to the Korean Peninsula in response to increased provocation from the DPRK and the rumors that it would attempt some kind of demonstration as part of last weekend’s 105th anniversary of […]

U.S. Carrier Group Moves Toward Korean Peninsula

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A warning to North Korea.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes. So Now What?

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It’s not at all clear that there is a useful strategy at work here.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

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A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.

Trump To Propose Massive And Unnecessary Increase In Military Spending

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Reports indicate that President Trump will seek to increase military spending. We don’t need to, and we can’t really afford it.

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

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A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Another General In Trump’s Cabinet

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Three of the top four national security positions in Donald Trump’s Cabinet will be filled by retired Generals. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Trump Selects Retired General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense

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President-Elect Trump has selected a retired Marine Corps General to lead the Defense Department: President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up […]

Retired Generals Should Stay Out of Politics

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My latest for War on the Rocks.

America’s Perpetual Wars

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President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

President Obama Announces Yet Another Slowdown Of Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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American forces will continue to stay in Afghanistan well after Barack Obama leaves office thanks to a new policy announced today.

Marines Change Weight Standards to Reflect Modern Times

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Marines, especially female Marines, will be allowed to be heavier in the new year.

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