"As we mark the end of America's combat mission in Iraq," President Obama said this week, "a grateful America must pay tribute to all who served there." He should have added, "unless you're gay."
For the past six and a half decades, Okinawa has strained under a very heavy burden of U.S. military bases, often recognized as a key element in the U.S. Asia-Pacific military security policy.
Lt. Dan Choi, an Iraq war veteran, declared last March 19 on The Rachel Maddow Show, "I am gay." Under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, that's enough to get Choi kicked out of the military.
On Oct. 7, the U.S. enters its ninth year of occupation of Afghanistan -- equal to the time the United States was involved in World War I, World War II and the Korean War combined.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of that city's two major daily newspapers, is in the news itself these days after hiring controversial former Bush administration lawyer John Yoo as a monthly columnist.
Obama assured the CIA that he will not prosecute those who followed the instructions to torture from the Bush administration. Congress might not agree with this leniency.
There is something precious and virginal about the torture debate in the United States. As if that nation never knew torture before the shock of 9/11, and had to play catch-up.
George W. Bush insisted that the U.S. did not use torture. But the four Bush-era memos released last week by the Obama administration's Justice Department paint a starkly different picture.
Barack Obama is in the difficult position of being a president who wants to do good in a position that requires him to serve the U.S. economic elite and maintain American military dominance.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend a shift in strategy from democracy-building in Afghanistan to attacking alleged Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.