Despite efforts to protect them from violence, the United Nation (UN) reports children are taking the brunt of the rising anger adults are inflicting upon one another. Basically, children are caught in the cross-fire.
By today's standards my political views are considered liberal, perhaps even far to the left of center. Yet just a few decades ago I would have been (and was) labeled a moderate or even slightly right of center for holding the same positions I hold today.
We have no purpose to be in Afghanistan for one more day or shed the blood of one more American soldier, kill one more innocent villager or spend one million dollars to kill one more Taliban.
I think we owe it to them, to survivors of violence -- really, to ourselves and our country -- to make it easier to breathe knowing that we can justifiably expect safety, resources and the right to live freely and independently. Everyone deserves that much.
We're Americans, aren't we? We're the good guys. Our traditional role is to rein in the bad guys, like Iran, isn't it?
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.