In post-World War II Austria, as American and Soviet occupation forces fought for “hearts and minds,” one shrewd U.S. intelligence analyst figured out how to get what he needed — with benefits. He befriended one of Vienna’s best-known opera stars, someone who knew everyone and everything. In exchange for a few sausages from the government mess, the singer was happy to pass along the very best of rumors — and front-row tickets to boot. Read More
Defense Department spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters Tuesday that officials are still in the process of putting together a plan for the military if the government shuts down on Friday. He would not elaborate as to whether U.S. troops will continue to receive paychecks if that happens.
“It is still something we are working through right now,” he said. Read More
This holiday season, consider the gift of freedom our veterans and today’s troops have given our nation — communities, families and each of us individually.
It is a reality that veterans organizations work tirelessly to honor.
For instance, every November, American Veterans Centers brings heroes of wars past and present together for a weekend recollecting freedom’s price. Read More
While Gen. David Petraeus and NATO officials are offering safe passage for Taliban leaders to meet for reconciliation talks with President HamidKarzai's government officials, Taliban leaders are still initiating relentless attacks on U.S. troops in the region, soldiers and military officials said. Read More
Mad Man McCain: January Jones gets it, what's Obama's prob? (ap) Read More