Naseer Ahmed / Reuters

Smoke and flames rise past residents standing along the wall of a truck terminal where fuel tankers were set ablaze in Quetta, Pakistan. Militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at trucks loaded with fuel and supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, setting fire to 25 vehicles, police officials said.

December 9, 2011
Henry Kissinger’s genocidal legacy: Vietnam, Cambodia and the birth of American militarism
Nixon introduced us to permanent, extrajudicial war in Southeast Asia, and it continues today in the Middle East
By Greg Grandin

In case you weren’t caught up on your American militarist history, and were wondering who that Henry Kissinger fellow is people keep talking about and what exactly it means for Hillary Clinton to say she was mentored by him.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

Members of the U.S. military rest on board an Air Force C-130 transport plane marking the end of their presence in Iraq after departing the Baghdad Diplomatic Support Center in Baghdad. The U.S military officially ended its war in Iraq on Thursday, packing up a military flag at a ceremony with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta nearly nine years after the invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. This ceremony is called the “casing of the colors” and signifies the departing and inactivation of the U.S. military’s presence in Iraq.

December 15, 2011