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Entries by William Astore from 07/2012

Reflections on the Fourth of July

| Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

As a nation, we want to clap our troops on the back and tell them what great and noble deeds they've done in our name. Yet we hesitate to probe more deeply into their experiences -- or their pain.

More U.S. Folly in Afghanistan

| Posted 07.07.2012 | World

When the United States finally tired of the corruption and waste of Vietnam, we pulled out our props, only to witness the unviability of our client state without massive U.S. aid. What happens when we finally tire of Afghanistan?

The Drone Medal

| Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

News that the Pentagon is considering a special "Distinguished Warfare Medal" for drone pilots tells us much about the American war-making moment. Leaving aside issues of bravery or courage of drone operators, let's consider the name of the medal, with its stress on "distinguished warfare."

Everything Is Secret, So Don't Bother Asking

| Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

Classification is important; state secrets do need to be guarded. But more important than classification is government transparency. Classification in a democracy must be used judiciously and sparingly, else democracy itself is imperiled.