US Health Care Reform: Made in…Afghanistan?

Stephen M. Walt, commenting on Obama’s recent AfPak escalation and the incongruity of domestic spending initatives vs expensive foreign military endeavours on the part of the US: As I’ve said before, Americans have come to believe that spending government revenues on U.S. citizens here at home...

The Cost of Falling Short on PTSD

Medicine is a beautiful thing.  Thanks to the continuous progress of medicine, we are able to live longer, diseases that would have been a death warrant in the past have become manageable or were outright eradicated, and more severe wounds have become more treatable with higher rates of survival....

VA Suicides Hidden

This is just sad. Dr. Ira Katz, the chief mental health official for the VA, is being called upon to resign as a result of apparently attempting to cover up the number of suicides that have occurred or been attempted whilst under VA care. Now, I know my usual take on stories such as these. And indeed, I am...

Supporting our Troops, Indeed

A new bill, offered by Rep. Paul Broun (R, naturally) of Georgia seeks to tighten the definition of pornography so that Playboy and Penthouse cannot be sold on military bases. In introducing the bill, he asserts that a provision in the 1997 Defense Authorization Act was intended to ban Playboy and...

Justifiably Pugnacious

Congressional Quarterly is reporting that the House Democratic leadership is just about done crafting a massive $109 billion dollar war supplemental bill. There’s only one catch. In an effort to force some needed domestic spending responsibility the House Democrats have charted a collision course with...

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