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General Patton

"Patton, Reagan, and Obama: The Vacuum of Power

Robert Orlando | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Robert Orlando

What do Reagan, Patton and Obama have in common? The answer: they have all faced significant challenges abroad --aggressive action by Stalin, Brezhnev or Putin, or by despots in the Middle East. All have had to deploy U.S. forces, and all have had to confront the question of when to pull out.

My Guilty Pleasures: NFL Football And World War II

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.05.2016 | Entertainment
Andy Schmookler

NFL football and World War II share certain characteristics that make them, for me, guilty pleasures.The pleasures come from my lifelong love of good games of strategy and of heroic action.

Appreciating Classic Movies for Yourself: Why the TCM Classic Film Festival Is Important

Govindini Murty | Posted 03.17.2016 | Entertainment
Govindini Murty

Each spring, the TCM Classic Film Festival arrives in Hollywood, sparking pleasant reflections on what it is for a film to be considered "a classic."

Time Travel Is Possible: We Did So in the Czech Republic and So Should Every Other American

Christopher Molaro | Posted 05.26.2016 | Travel
Christopher Molaro

Agree or disagree with our foreign policy or Washington bureaucracy, these are places and events I would encourage every American to visit and pay homage. Their symbolism preserves generations.

What It Means to Be the Daughter of a United States Marine

Liza Long | Posted 05.22.2016 | Women
Liza Long

My father joined the ROTC in college. Dad started his thesis with the intention of defending the Vietnam War and the United States' role in it. Upon researching the subject, he concluded that the war was indefensible. He went to fly helicopters in Vietnam anyway.

'The Assassin:' A Talk With Clive Cussler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.02.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Clive Cussler is an adventure novelist and marine archeologist. His thrillers have reached The New York Times best-seller list more than 20 times. His books have been published in 40 languages in more than 100 countries.

The Killing Factor: When Conspiracy Becomes the Mainstream

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

While I plan on reading O'Reilly's take in Killing Patton, I also expect to find the rehashing of older speculations in a "bold and fresh" O'Reilly-Dugard style. An approach that can once again land O'Reilly -- God bless -- with more books sold, but very little new truth revealed.

Operation Huskey: The Invasion of Sicily

Peggie Walsh | Posted 11.05.2014 | Fifty
Peggie Walsh

A lucky shot from one of our 81mm mortars went down the tube of a German mortar that had been firing at us. This resulted in over 200 enemy soldiers surrendering. Apparently, word had spread through their ranks that the Americans had a secret weapon that disabled their guns.

'Silence Patton': First Victim of the Cold War

Robert Orlando | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise...

Patton's Letters To High School Graduate Reveal Softer Side Of General

The News-Item, Shamokin, Pa. | Justin Strawser | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics

A collection of World War II Gen. George S. Patton letters to a Shamokin High School graduate sold for $54,810 in an online auction earlier this month...

My Early Fascination With War

Tom Cramer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

As a little kid in the early 1970s, I was fascinated with war. All my buddies were, too. We couldn't help it. As a boy, the image of the World War II American soldier as hero was inescapable.

Guns of My Father

Mike Bonifer | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Mike Bonifer

The memory of my father leads me to believe that right wing gun-clingers, people who believe their basic liberties are threatened by gun control legislation, are tragically out of touch.

Honor and Rape

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Zero energy goes into the investigation of actual rape in the military, except in rare circumstances. The military's domination culture, personified by Patton, is constructed on the illusion of granite-etched moral values -- "we protect our loved ones" -- and powered by a belief in its own righteousness.

This Memorial Day: Listen

Ben Patton | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Ben Patton

Many of the men and women in uniform returning to civilian communities in the next few years will be largely isolated from those they once fought alongside, or other veterans who might understand. This, my father and grandfather would have easily understood.

What Would General Patton Do In Iraq and Afghanistan?

Ben Patton | Posted 05.21.2012 | Books
Ben Patton

I work with veterans all the time, and one question invariably comes up: How do I think my grandfather, WWII general George S. Patton Jr., would have done in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Emily Heinz Bina

WWII Vet, 94, Gets Wish Of A Lifetime Granted | Emily Heinz Bina | Posted 01.11.2012 | Impact

Russell Taylor and his wife, Odile, said "I do" on the Cannes Riviera in France 66 years ago. Though a seemingly idyllic beginning to any marriage, th...

Ryan Grim

Top Republican Compares Boehner To Eisenhower | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

John Boehner is Dwight Eisenhower. Eric Cantor is Omar Bradley. And Joe Barton is George Patton. That's according to a presentation that Barton plans ...

McChrystal Clear: When Warriors Are Faced With Politics

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

General McChrystal needed a way out of what was becoming for him an unbearable burden: the conflict between the best interests of his country and the best interests of the soldiers who served under him.

For Memorial Day, the Best War Movies Ever

John Farr | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

These special movies not only recreate the horror of combat, but also portray the human toll war takes beyond those who fall on the field of battle.

Remembering Patton's Liberators

Craig Crawford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Crawford

This Veterans Day is a fine time to visit Soapbox Alert and help urge formal recognition for some WWII soldiers who liberated a prison camp.

John McCain Hands the Democrats a Gift

Matt Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Littman

McCain makes fun of Obama for being a celebrity -- McCain just pulled off the political equivalent of Britney Spears' wedding to Jason Alexander.