Regions / Middle East & North Africa

As more vets commit suicide than die in combat, the Department of Veterans Affairs faces a class action lawsuit for allegedly systematically denying mental health care and disability benefits.
Amid all the talk about the U.S. military "surge" in Iraq, little has been said about the accompanying "surge" of Iraqi prisoners, whose numbers rose to nearly 51,000 at the end of 2007.
In a shifting political landscape, columnist Michael Klare points out, mammoth energy reserves are increasingly more important than huge military arsenals.
Ironically, the question of whether U.S. bases being built in Iraq should be, or clearly already are, permanent, is more of a U.S. domestic controversy than an issue between the United States and Iraq.
One glance at the realities on the ground in Iraq today reveals that U.S. military strategy is less about cultivating human relationships than about limiting them.
Supposed "security improvements" in Iraq cited by the Bush administration may have more to do with the depth of ethnic cleansing than any positive developments.
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