The number ballooned amid the banking bailout. Tax hikes may lie ahead.
America needs a bigger military to stabilize weak or potentially threatening nations, some analysts argue.
By being sensitive to environmental concerns, US Army can win hearts and minds of populace, but its record is spotty so far.
Pakistan has overtaken Iraq and Afghanistan in suicide-bomb deaths this year, its intelligence agency reports. Thursday's attack in Islamabad struck the police's antiterrorism squad.
The Justice Department says the judiciary does not have the power to release Guantánamo detainees into the US.
Chilling on-the-ground accounts of war in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kabul may have tried to reach out to current insurgents by meeting with former Taliban in Saudi Arabia late last month.