Category: Military

General summoned to White House

The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal (r.), has been summoned to the White House to explain in person some controversial public remarks he made which were critical of the Obama administration.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American Politics in Comparative Perspective,” says presidential power […]

Memorial Day thoughts

Parades and political speeches this Memorial Day weekend remind us of the price of war.  Unmentioned is the hidden cost: the socioeconomic inequality in who makes the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation – more of the dead are from poorer communities.  Political science Professor Douglas Kriner, co-author of “The Casualty Gap: The Causes and […]

Embed reporters vetted

Stars & Stripes reports that the Rendon Group PR firm is screening journalists who request to be “embedded” with U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan.  The Pentagon acknowledges Rendon rates the reporters based on their prior coverage of the military, but insists they’re not rejecting embed requests based on negative coverage.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former […]