Archive: May 11, 2008 - May 17, 2008

A New GI Bill?

Passage by the House of Representatives is heartening.

By Phillip Carter | May 17, 2008; 8:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Purple Hearts for PTSD?

It would help reduce the stigma, but there's potential for abuse.

By Phillip Carter | May 17, 2008; 7:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Happiest Place on Earth

The Happiest Place on Earth for America's military families.

By Phillip Carter | May 17, 2008; 4:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gitmo's Heir?

Today's New York Times reports that the Pentagon plans to build a 40-acre detention facility in Afghanistan to replace the aging temporary facility there and possibly house detainees if Guantanamo Bay is closed. Currently prisoners are held in either a converted hangar or wire-mesh pens surrounded by concertina, and the...

By Phillip Carter | May 17, 2008; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (4)

McCain's Blurred Iraq Vision

The scenario he offers is completely divorced from reality.

By Phillip Carter | May 16, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

The French for Terrorist Prosecution

Paris may have a solution for Gitmo's problem.

By Phillip Carter | May 15, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prisoners in Kosovo

Sanchez previews his view of law and war during his Kosovo tour.

By Phillip Carter | May 15, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Profiles in Presidential Sacrifice

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his radio address on Dec. 9, 1941: "On the road ahead there lies hard work -- grueling work -- day and night, every hour and every minute. "I was about to add that ahead there lies sacrifice for all of us....

By Phillip Carter | May 14, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (24)

In Battle for Recruits, Marines Win

How does the Marine Corps enlist so many in wartime?

By Phillip Carter | May 14, 2008; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (47)

Sent to War by a Letter

Got a letter in the mail, Said go to war or go to jail; But it won't be long, 'Til I get on back home. Slapped me down in a barber's chair, Spun me around, I had no hair; But it won't be long, 'Til I get on back...

By Phillip Carter | May 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (20)

An Orthodox Officer

Ricardo Sanchez develops a conventional view of warfare as a mid-ranking Army officer.

By Phillip Carter | May 12, 2008; 4:36 PM ET | Comments (10)

Cracking Sadr City

Counterinsurgency in Sadr City may prove to be tougher than Iraq's Anbar province.

By Phillip Carter | May 12, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (28)

State Secrets

Amid all the news items last week, I wanted to flag this brilliant article in the New Yorker by Patrick Radden Keefe on the al-Haramain case and the "state secrets" privilege. Keefe describes the way the case unfolded -- starting with the government's inadvertent disclosure of the fact that it...

By Phillip Carter | May 11, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Out of Bounds

Over the last seven years, military officers and senior political appointees have skirmished on a variety of topics, from pre-Iraq war intelligence to troop levels to the conduct of counterinsurgency operations. But in one area, detention and interrogation policy, military officers have pushed back particularly hard against what they perceive...

By Phillip Carter | May 11, 2008; 8:53 AM ET | Comments (17)

 
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