Taverna was so well guarded and a place you couldn't help but feel safe. Of all the places in Kabul, it was also one where many of us felt the most welcomed.
I believe the terrorist outrage against this brave band of foreign civilians who traveled from their safe homes to rebuild war-torn Afghanistan presages future attacks on the safety bubble of Kabul. As U.S. troops are coming home in waves, ending America's longest war, the Taliban insurgents are becoming emboldened and moving closer to the capital.
The recent suicide attack in Kabul that killed 22 innocent civilians reminded me of a conversation I had with a BBC colleague in 2006. We had just rep...
The cause of peace is older than history itself. It's up to each generation, including ours, to carry that torch, and pass it on.
When the news hit about an al Qaeda-affiliated force taking control of Fallujah, I knew I'd be hearing from vets, especially the Marine vets in Florida I'd known since 2008 when a buddy of theirs, whom I'd treated for PTSD here in Los Angeles, asked me if I'd work with them and then handed me a plane ticket to Florida.
I need you -- the American public who elected the officials that sent me to war -- to tell me why you wanted me to go? What do you think I accomplished? These are not rhetorical questions.
Lone Survivor, the new film recounting an ill-fated search and rescue attempt in Afghanistan, has a tragic connection with my school. Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen, a Navy SEAL, received a master's degree from our Graduate Institute.
I was a guest in their country and they took incredible care of me. And this is how we repay them -- with continuous bureaucratic ineptitude.
If Biden was wrong about advocating a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (and Iraq) and Obama was wrong in adopting the Afghan escalation without believing it, then the only viable option left was evidently escalating and being excited about it.
The four-letter word in the economy today is debt. Debt lies at the heart of the Fitch Negative Credit Watch and pretty much every other challenge that is going on in the developed world today.
If recent headlines are to be believed, the arrest and alleged mistreatment of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade on December 12 in Manhattan have triggered an unprecedented deterioration in bilateral relations between Washington and New Delhi.
As the United States continues its pivot to the Pacific, China seems to be turning westward.
As proud as I am of serving in the Iraq War, I am finding it increasingly difficult to tell civilians stories of war. Stigmas are still placed on combat veterans and the overuse of the phrase "empowering veterans" has painted the veteran landscape as a community in need of help after service.
Do acts of bravery by the Taliban deserve movies celebrating, honoring, and fetishizing them? Are they also heroes? Or, when it comes to non-Americans, do we hold those fighters to a different standard, now claiming that context really does matter? Watching a movie like Lone Survivor, I can't help thinking about issues like these.
After 12 years of inconclusive war, the moral imperatives of the situation dictate that the human suffering must cease. It is high time that a judicious decision is made that is consonant with President Barack Obama's repeated promise that the war in Afghanistan will end in the year 2014.
I like Robert Gates. He's a professional, a grown-up. He's a thoughtful, reasonable Republican at a time when such are overshadowed by something very different. I agree with him on many things. But his "Mission Impossible" assignment to salvage Iraq and Afghanistan is blinding him.