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  • Generals' indiscretions have real consequences for U.S. policy

    Gens. John Allen and David Petraeus have been stupid in their misuse of technology, for a flirtation in the case of the former and an affair in the case of the latter ("Pieces of a puzzle," Nov. 14). As philanderers, these two men are abject failures, and if discretion is the better part of valor, they have shown none in their flings with two married women. Those who argue that dalliances should be perfectly fine among consenting adults and American puritanism is a rude intrusion in the private lives of public figures are wrong in their approach to this widening scandal.
  • Afghan killings point to the limits of an all-volunteer army

    Afghan killings point to the limits of an all-volunteer army
    The American soldier accused of massacring 17 people in a solo rampage on a remote southern Afghanistan village faces multiple charges of murder and attempted murder. Whisked out of the country by the Army, he is now being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kan....

    Don't pity Sgt. Bales: He doesn't deserve our sympathy

    Susan Reimer's column on the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians was the most outrageous and offensive nonsense I have ever read ("War makes you crazy, both there and here," March 26). She feels nothing for the innocent, murdered...

    Human rights group slams U.S. over Afghan civilian deaths

    Human rights group slams U.S. over Afghan civilian deaths
    A new Amnesty International report criticizes the U.S. government for not properly investigating civilian casualties its forces inflicted in Afghanistan. The report, called "Left in the Dark" and released at a Kabul news conference on Monday, calls on...

    Top Army sexual assault prosecutor is suspended in assault case

    WASHINGTON - The Army said Thursday that a prosecutor responsible for sexual assault cases was under investigation in the alleged sexual assault of a female officer in 2011. Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Morse, the Army lawyer in charge of nearly...