The Republican Party doesn't seem to understand the fact that threats to the United States originate from the actions of human beings. These human beings resort to violence when they are marginalized by society to the point where they believe that the only way to better their country is to work around the democratic system through violence.
When your group or country is attacked and civilians are killed (even if accidentally), a rally-around-the-flag effect usually occurs.
I have been living in Afghanistan for ten years. We've just had a week of multiple major attacks in our capital city Kabul. For me, I went through a bit of a routine, as I do when these awful things happen.
Hostility between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been ongoing now for about four decades, whereas hostility between Pakistan and India has been present since 1947. The proxy war between between India and Pakistan lies in Afghanistan.
It is hard to believe that the roster of 10 men could land such a despicable debate. It is a shame for them, and a shame for their party. I congratulate the moderators on having found enough substance in their questions.
Who ultimately emerges as the undisputed Taliban leader, what his agenda will be, if the group splinters further and how Pakistan is going to play this game with its new twists shall affect the future of Afghanistan and the region.
Being married to a former Marine has it's challenges. Being married to a former major, in my opinion can have a few added challenges. When my husband left the Marine Corps, he also left behind the responsibilities, title and in a lot of ways the respect he had worked his entire career to obtain.
For almost a decade and a half the messianic Omar served as a unifying force for the Taliban who have sustained massive losses in their insurgency against the powerful U.S.-led NATO Alliance and Afghan Army.
A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a ceasefire. But even in the short time since the first round on July 7, fighting has intensified.
If we are serious as a nation in our platitudes and compassion for veterans, then we must adhere to our nationally self-professed and loudly proclaimed values of justice, honor and courage and speak honestly with our veterans.
Regardless of whether Mullah Omar is indeed dead, the pronouncement of his demise by the splinter group could be a sign of serious turmoil within the ranks of the Taliban.
On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.
After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.
As a society, we're armed and dangerous -- and always at war, both collectively and individually. We're endlessly declaring bad guys (officially and unofficially) and endlessly protecting ourselves from them, in the process guaranteeing that the violence continues. And the parallels between "them" and "us" are unnerving.
For all the fact that drone strikes are regularly reported by the media, very few Americans have a basic understanding of the contours, tactics, geography, strategy and weaponry used in the CIA's largest assassination campaign since the Vietnam era.
Taurel explores the many faces of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), painting a detailed portrait of the military experience which explains that when trauma strikes one, it affects all.