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Khizr Khan, who's son Humayun (L) was killed serving in the U.S. Army, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Gold Star Father Khizr Khan, Who Clashed With Trump During The Election, Goes After Him In California

Calif.—Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq who feuded with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Saturday criticized the Trump White House for its clash with a widow of a fallen solider earlier this week.

October 22, 2017
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White House: Don’t Question Gen. Kelly!

That seems to be what happened at the White House press briefing Friday afternoon as she took questions about dramatic and controversial remarks by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Thursday, when he lashed out at a Democratic congresswoman over the president’s call to an Army widow.

October 21, 2017

‘He Didn’t Even Remember His Name’

Let us start with the 25-year-old man who was not even mentioned. He is Army Sgt. La David Johnson, a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He and three other men were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. Their names are Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright.

October 20, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Dallas, Texas, in this file photo taken September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Stone/Files

Trump Sinks To New Low In Call To Grieving Widow Of Fallen Soldier

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) told CNN’s Don Lemon that President Donald Trump made a horrifying remark to the widow of fallen soldier Sgt. La David Johnson, who lost his life in Niger. “Basically he said, ‘Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt,'” Wilson recounted.

October 19, 2017

McCain Disdains Trump’s Threat To ‘Fight Back’

Senator John McCain has shrugged off a threat from President Donald Trump, and is warning he will block the president’s nominations for key Defense Department posts unless the administration provides more detail about its Afghanistan policy.

October 19, 2017
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Slain Soldier’s Mother Confirms Trump ‘Disrespected’ Family

The mother of Sgt. David Johnson said President Donald Trump disrespected her slain son during a widely publicized phone call.

October 19, 2017
Trump VOA

Trump Slur On Obama And Bush Is ‘Outrageous Lie’

Aides to the last two U.S. presidents are sharply disputing claims by President Donald Trump that they paid little attention to the families of fallen U.S. military personnel to offer sympathy and pay tribute for their service.

October 18, 2017
Golf - RICOH Women's British Open 2015 - Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland - 1/8/15. US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump as he views his Scottish golf course at Turnberry. Action Images via Reuters / Russell Cheyne

Puerto Rico Suffers, Gold Star Families Mourn – And Trump Golfs

It’s been two weeks since four Green Berets lost their lives in an ambush in Niger, and Donald Trump hasn’t bothered to place a call to their families. In Puerto Rico, CNN reports that the administration’s relief efforts are so miserable that more than 80 percent of the islanders still lack electricity and 30 percent remain without running water.

October 18, 2017
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Trump Uses Death Of Gen. Kelly’s Son To Defame Obama

Donald Trump is now exploiting the death of Chief of Staff John Kelly’s son, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, to prop up his recent lie about President Obama’s record of calling bereaved families of fallen soldiers. Trump made the statement during an interview with Fox News Radio on Tuesday morning.

October 18, 2017

On The Brink Of A Dangerous Crisis, Iraqis Line Up To Attack Kurds

Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed militias are preparing to attack Kirkuk in a bid to punish Iraqi Kurds who support independence. The United States must not allow Iraqi Kurds to be slaughtered, nor can it allow a war between anti-ISIS coalition members.

October 17, 2017
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Trump Brings Back The Bush Era’s Dark Side

Eight years ago, when I wrote a book on the first days of Guantanamo, The Least Worst Place: Guantánamo’s First 100 Days, I assumed that Gitmo would prove a grim anomaly in our history. Today, it seems as if that “detention facility” will have a far longer life than I ever imagined and that it, and everything it represents, will become a true, if grim, legacy of twenty-first-century America.

October 17, 2017

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017

How The CIA Staged Sham Academic Conferences To Thwart Iran’s Nuclear Program

A decade ago, the CIA secretly funded conferences to lure Iranian scientists to defect. If President Trump scuttles the Iranian nuclear agreement, the agency may seek more defectors — and orchestrate more such “conferences.”

October 11, 2017

Free Thinking Army Officer Is Driving The Right Crazy

Second Lieutenant Spenser Rapone is, by all accounts, a contrarian. He was a free thinker at West Point, a communist in the U.S. Army, a soldier who reads Gramsci, and most tragically, a threat to the peace of mind of Senator Marco Rubio.

October 10, 2017

Negotiating With North Korea A Waste Of Time: Trump

Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile.

October 2, 2017

Senator: Someone Needs To Be Fired Over Wasted $65 Million Plane

The military “wasted” nearly $65 million on a single inoperable plane that spent years resting on jacks in a warehouse and didn’t manage even one flight in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense inspector general recently reported.

September 29, 2017
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‘It Never Ends’

In July, here in Ohio, President Donald Trump called immigrants “animals” who “slice” and “dice” teenage girls. This should surprise no one. On the day he announced his candidacy, he described Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. Last week, referring to black NFL players peacefully protesting racism, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now; he’s fired’?” He has called journalists enemies of American the people.

September 29, 2017

How Military Outsourcing Turned Toxic

In August 2016, an inspector from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arrived at Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, a nerve center for the U.S. military’s global air combat operations, to conduct a routine look at the base’s handling of its hazardous waste.

September 27, 2017

North Korea Says Trump Has Declared War

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers. The latest threats stoked a week-long war of words that began when the American leader threatened in his address to the United Nations General Assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if it launches an attack.

September 26, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Confusion On The Iranian Deal

In his tirade at the United Nations, the president said the accord is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” During the campaign, he promised to dismantle it. But eight months after he took office, his administration is still abiding by it.

September 25, 2017

North Korea Warns Of ‘Inevitable’ Attack

“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission,” Ri said in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly — turning the tables on Trump’s accusation that Kim is suicidal. The insults make “our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.” On Tuesday, Trump had used the same forum to mock Kim as “Rocket Man” and warn that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if attacked.

September 24, 2017
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Congress Does Not Want Its War Power

he amendment, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R, Ky., would have repealed the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and the 2002 resolution approving the war in Iraq. The repeal would have taken effect in six months, giving Congress time to consider the justification for continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and the various other countries supposedly covered by those resolutions.

September 24, 2017
North Korea

Aides Warned Trump Not To Attack North Korea’s Leader Personally Before His Fiery UN Address

Trump’s derisive description of Kim Jong Un as “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” and his threat to “totally destroy” North Korea were not in a speech draft that several senior officials reviewed and vetted Monday, the day before Trump gave his first address to the U.N. General Assembly, two U.S. officials said.

September 23, 2017
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Did Steve Bannon Write Trump’s Warmongering UN Speech?

Steve Bannon helped write President Donald Trump’s address to the United Nations General Assembly before he was ousted from the White House last month, Sebastian Gorka told Newsweek Thursday. Gorka, who previously worked with Bannon at Breitbart News, left the administration just days after Bannon as part of an overhaul following John Kelly’s appointment as chief of staff.

September 23, 2017

The Vietnam Syndrome: How We Lost It, Why We Need It

The Vietnam War was the greatest U.S. military catastrophe of the 20th century. A conflict begun under false pretenses, based on ignorance and hubris, it killed 58,000 Americans and as many as 3 million Vietnamese. It ended in utter failure. Never in our history have so many lives been wasted on such monumental futility. It was a national trauma worse than any since the Great Depression, and it left deep gashes in the American psyche. It instilled an aversion to wars of choice that became known as the Vietnam syndrome.

September 22, 2017