Category: Military

October 22, 2007

Bush Requests Additional $46 Billion For Wars

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Filed under: Bush,International,Iraq,Military,War - 22 Oct 2007

Essentially re-requesting the amount he wanted for the war this fiscal year by requesting the difference (and then some), Bush is playing on our feelings of common sense and sympathy to obtain the funding that General Petraeus recommended for the …


October 8, 2007

Brown’s Britain Withdraws Further

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Filed under: Ethics,Military,News,Politics,War - 08 Oct 2007

At the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, the United Kingdom had committed almost 50,000 troops to the war effort. Now, there are only 5,500. Stabilization in the region – as well as the tremendous unpopularity of the …


October 2, 2007

Outsourcing Our Military

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Filed under: Congress,Iraq,Military,News,War - 02 Oct 2007

As today’s Congressional hearings on Blackwater begin I highly recommend reading the latest Salon.com article on the role of military contractors in Iraq. The depth of their involvement is breathtaking and the problems caused by this involvement may be …


October 1, 2007

Senate Approves $150 Billion War Bill

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Filed under: Bush,Congress,Military,War - 01 Oct 2007

Not as high as the $190 billion proposal Bush’s administration would have preferred, the $150 billion war budget just passed in the Senate (92 – 3) will go a long way towards keeping the war running strong for the coming …


September 3, 2007

Bush Hints At Troop Withdrawals

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Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Military,War - 03 Sep 2007

Is is a ploy? Am I mishearing? Or did the President, in a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, comment that if security continues to improve in the country then troop withdrawals may begin sooner than expected? The …


July 19, 2007

A Failure In Policy

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Filed under: Iraq,Military,Politics,Senate - 19 Jul 2007

As expected, the all-night debate in the Senate failed to push a preemptive bill forward that would require the beginning of troop withdrawals in only three months. A vote of 52-46 was not enough to achieve the supermajority necessary …


July 17, 2007

A Long Night In The Senate

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Filed under: Military,Senate - 17 Jul 2007

The Senate is waging an all-night debate to try to force the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq. The bill being debated – a plan to begin withdrawal of US combat troops in 120 days and complete the withdrawal …


June 20, 2007

Bush’s Veto Pen and the Contradictions of the Sanctity of Life

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Filed under: Bush,Military,Stem Cell Research - 20 Jun 2007

President Bush’s veto today of legislation that would have lifted federal restrictions on scientific research was only the third veto of his six-plus year presidency, joining a previous rejection of a similar bill and his veto of the Iraq War …


June 4, 2007

New Ruling at Gitmo

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Filed under: Civil Rights,Military - 04 Jun 2007

Today’s ruling that the military tribunals do not have jurisdiction to hear claims over the three prisoners currently charged, including the boy soldier from yesterday’s post, has thrown a wrench into the Administration’s ad hoc tribunal process. The ruling …


June 3, 2007

Child Soldier in Gitmo

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Filed under: Military - 03 Jun 2007

Today’s New York Times has an article regarding the plight of a young man named Omar Ahmed Kahdr who was captured on a battlefield in Afghanistan when he was fifteen. Kahdr has been held in Gitmo for the last …


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