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Kaj Larsen

Entries by Kaj Larsen

Think Service, Not Suicide

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:48 PM

"There is nothing new about combat stress. I suspect that if one had gone around the stoa in Athens in 485 B.C., there would have been people who were homeless and in distress who were veterans of the Battle of Marathon." - The Earl of Onslow

From Herotodus to Hemingway,...

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Revealed: Jon Stewart and General Petraeus's Secret Connection

(3) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:21 PM

Want to go backstage at a taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart? How about a grueling workout led by General David Petraeus? (It's hard. I know. I pitched the idea to him as I was struggling to keep up with his 5:30 a.m. pace.)...

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For Returning Soldiers, Is Afghanistan the New Vietnam? (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 3:59 PM

In a jail in Phoenix, Arizona sits Inmate P382209--Clark Fish. Clark is 24. He is wearing black and white stripes that suggest a different era of incarceration. Young, good looking, with sandy blond hair, well spoken in a self-educated way, he does not give off the impression of a hardened...

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What Barack Obama Can Learn From Pirates

(20) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 7:27 PM

The iconic pirate sword has been swapped for AK-47s and rocket propelled grenades. The recent hijacking of an American flagged ship with an American crew off the coast of Somalia reminded the world that piracy alive and flourishing. The Easter weekend tactical success of a four man SEAL element, who...

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Where Was Tim?

(4) Comments | Posted October 6, 2008 | 6:08 PM

At the end of September, the 29th annual Emmy awards for News and Documentary television were held at Lincoln Center in New York. Among the many awards and honors handed out that evening was a Lifetime Achievement award given to Tim Russert for a career in political journalism marked by...

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Blood Roses: Valentine's Day in Bogota

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2008 | 4:28 PM

In an Internet café in Bogotá, Colombia, you could get the impression that you are in a modern European city. The streets are bustling with cars, vendors hawk mobile phone minutes, delicious...

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America: One Nation Under Gun

(87) Comments | Posted December 12, 2007 | 9:00 PM

In the summer of 2006, I was in Mogadishu, Somalia, a failed and forgotten state that had been suffering from almost a decade of civil war. It is still one of the most dangerous places in the world, and even my 10 guards armed with Kalashnikovs didn't prevent me from...

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A Lesson For Mukasey: Why I Had Myself Water-Boarded

(255) Comments | Posted October 31, 2007 | 6:48 PM

As a journalist for Current TV, a former military officer, and a student of public policy I have been involved in the debate about the War on Terror from the frontlines in Afghanistan to the policy discussions of academia. In the spring of 2006 a battle was brewing between the...

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