Afghanistan war

Hate Paying $4 a Gallon for Gas? For Imported, You're Paying $8

When gas prices hit $4 at the pump earlier this summer, a lot of motorists were crying, "Uncle!" They'd be crying all the louder if they realized those first four bucks didn't cover half of it. It's just that the remainder is hidden in your tax bill.

Predatory Lenders Put U.S. Soldiers in the Crosshairs

Members of America's military face threats around the world every day, but it's a domestic threat that has the top brass on the offensive on the home front -- predatory lenders. Here's how the Department of Defense is fighting back.

Tea Party Leaders Say They'd Back Defense Cuts

The Tea Party says everything is on the table regarding its goal to cut federal spending and balance the budget -- including defense spending. If the political faction succeeds in cutting military spending, not only would the U.S. economy benefit, national security could well be strengthened.

Military Gets 'Don't Ask' Revived -- but For How Long?

The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court that put the decision ordering the military to stop enforcing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" on hold is a brief win for the government. But don't assume it means the policy will survive: The stay just means that the judges want time to think.

Why Judge Phillips Was Right to Strike 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

U.S. District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips's order that the government stop enforcing the unconstitutional Don't Ask Don't Tell law has generated much chatter on both sides of the debate. But it's worth looking beyond the noise to the actual reasoning in her ruling.

Medal of Honor Hits Stores -- But Not on Military Bases

In Electronic Arts' new Medal of Honor game, players can take on the role of the Taliban or U.S. soldiers. But the prospect of having players shoot Americans doesn't go over too well with lots of folks, including the one running base stores.

Could Congress Eliminate the Federal Budget Deficit?

The annual U.S. budget deficit is well over a trillion dollars, and in the long term, that's unsustainable. But a closer look at the sources of most of that gap shows that balancing the budget wouldn't be nearly as hard as it might at first appear.

WikiLeaks Documents Show Stumbling War Effort in Afghanistan

The New York Times and two European newspapers published details of classified documents on the war in Afghanistan, leaked to them by free-information website WikiLeaks. The over 90,000 reports portray a stumbling war effort in Afghanistan, with fraught relations between the United States and Pakistan over its relationship with the Taliban.

Afghanistan Harbors $1 Trillion in Minerals

The New York Times reports that "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself."

Defense stocks: No longer a sure thing

For most of the Bush era, defense stocks seemed pretty close to a sure thing. Those days are over and are not coming back any time soon, according to...