The Obama administration's geopolitical pivot to the Asia-Pacific seems more than a little stuck between moves. Already slowed by the long goodbye of the Afghan War, the strategy is threatened by the prospect of Syria spinning up into a much wider war.
We believe there must be a complete break with the status quo -- not simply changes around the edges -- to strengthen how the military responds to and handles instances of sexual assault.
We have one uniquely American asset that virtually everyone respects and loves. We have American veterans: men and women who have demonstrated their love of this country by their actual service. Let's get our veterans back into action.
I know I'm supposed to forgive my trespassers. But when called upon to actually forgive, I may be good at "letting go" and "moving on" but does anyone's name ever leave that ledger inside my mind, the one that keeps track of those who have hurt me?
As a father, I question myself: what am I -- and what are we - -going to do over the next two decades to ensure that our children, when their time has come to lead, have a better world in front of them, just as we have had?
We tend to think of Afghanistan as a place cursed by eternal warfare, an endlessly bleeding wound in the global body politic. Not long ago, self-designated "world travelers" piled into used Volkswagen vans and embarked on a path of self-discovery, starting in Herat.
I've been a dad long enough to know that the real value of fathering is found in the unplanned, day-to-day moments. Reading letters from these soldiers is a humbling reminder of the countless moments that our military dads -- and the fathers of those who serve -- give up and lose.
Faced with joblessness, homelessness and severe emotional scarring, many of our veterans are getting pretty angry -- and rightfully so. The problem is, this deadly sin has a track record for making problems worse, and the last thing our warriors deserve is more turmoil coloring their new post-war normal.
Film: Dirty Wars (2013) Cast includes: Jeremy Scahill, journalist for The Nation Director: Rick Rowley (The Fourth World War) Genre: Documentary, base...
With Dirty Wars it is as if Jeremy Scahill is holding up a mirror against the U.S. government's war against al Qaeda and its affiliates across the Middle East and Africa, while inviting us to look into the abyss of its practices.
Two bruising wars have left America bankrupt and its military enervated. While our footprint might intoxicate Washington's elite and the military brass, our recent failures call into question whether America has over-extended itself.
In an era of political gridlock, financial shenanigans of all sorts, high unemployment, decaying infrastructures, skyrocketing health care, food, education and energy costs, It's again time to stop watching and talking. It's time to get off the sidelines and get in the game. Not "them." You and me.
The hundreds of thousands of brave veterans waiting for VA disability claims deserve to hear directly from the president. Although it is great to hear that the president is taking this issue seriously, the president needs to address many unanswered questions.
While the Saudis are delighted to see Iran's top ally facing a potentially existential threat, Riyadh would be wise to recognize that Iran's loss might not necessarily advance the Saudis' longer term interests in the Middle East.
It is a good outcome that Bales has been held accountable for his deadly attacks on Afghan civilians. But his crimes are not the only heinous incidents involving U.S. personnel to have occurred in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.
The good news is that Blood and Gifts is an intimate show staged in TimeLine's home space, the church on Wellington just west of Broadway. The bad news is that the intimacy restricts the number of people who will get to experience the work.