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American Soldiers

Why AWOL Soldiers Are Most At Risk In Canada

NYMag | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

Sometimes Dean Walcott disappears. He’ll be sitting on the sofa, watching his boys play, their shouts and giggles slicing the air, when the scent of...

Are American Soldiers 'Warriors'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The farther we've come from our last great military victory, symbolized by the events of June 6, 1944, the more elevated the language for describing, or perhaps whitewashing, a new American way of war that, for pure failure, may have few matches.

They Didn't Know What They Were Getting Into

Ann Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Ann Jones

As I followed the sad trail of damaged veterans to write my new book, I came to see how much they and their families have suffered, like Afghans, from the delusions of this nation's leaders, more powerful and less accountable than themselves.

War in Afghanistan: The Unseen Sacrifice

James Wright | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
James Wright

Anonymous sacrifice in unseen wars is not healthy for a democracy. And with a military that represents less than 1 percent of the population, few Americans need personally to confront the human cost. But some surely do.

War. What Is It Good For?

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted 06.09.2012 | College
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall

Since I became a father 30 years ago, I think about war differently. Would I want my son or daughter "drafted" to fight a particular war? Do I believe in the cause enough that I would be willing to sacrifice my life or the life of one of my children?

Turning to Nature After Returning From Iraq

Stacy Bare | Posted 03.19.2012 | Green
Stacy Bare

From soldier to citizen, the woods, the wilderness, the crashing surf, the still desert, or towering mountains are the most effective bridge over that gulf from combat and war to our communities in the suburbs, small towns, cities, and rural areas of America.

Marines Urinating on Dead Taliban: How Low Will We Go?

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Ethan Casey

What is there to think about, anyway? What is there to say, really, except that there's absolutely no excuse? No excuse for the policy makers and officers, but neither is there one for the brutalized young perpetrators.

Think Again: As We Leave Iraq, Remember How We Got In

Eric Alterman | Posted 02.27.2012 | World
Eric Alterman

At the same time, if we care about our nation's ability to act as a democracy, we need to ask ourselves and our mainstream media hard questions about how it happened.

A 4th Of July Salute To Women In Combat

Laura Stampler | Posted 09.02.2011 | Women

This 4th of July, Huffington Post Women recognizes some of the heroic women who serve or have recently served in the U.S. military. As of Septembe...

War Propaganda: Soldiers Become Pawns For The Powerful

Jake Diliberto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Diliberto

As a Patriotic American and a former Marine, I urge all of us to get realistic about this war. At the rate of 8 billion dollars a month, do Americans want to be in Afghanistan for the next 15 years?

Veteran's Day Special: Coming Down to Earth with "Occupation: Dreamland"

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

The massacre at Fort Hood is a stark reminder of the need to guard against becoming numb against the horrors our soldiers face in war. Fortunately, the film "Occupation: Dreamland" fills that void.

Interrupting Unfriendly Persuasion

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

When persuasion is used without regard for the other person, when it becomes sadistic and reckless endangerment, it is what we have come to know as torture.

U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq: Share Your Stories

Huffington Post | Morgan Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

On June 30, 2009, thousands of American troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities. The U.S. and Iraqi governments agreed last year to a security plan whi...