The tendency in the United States to blame "sectarian conflict" and "long-simmering hatreds" for the violence in Iraq is effectively blaming the victims and avoids acknowledging the U.S. role in the ongoing tragedy.
I was struck by this small moment because it encapsulates the lie of militarism where it is most invulnerable: at the humanity of the men and women who protect us, putting their lives on the line. When all else goes wrong, the troops remain sacred. In a broken economy, the troops are sacred. Militarism is the god we can manipulate.
No one can fail to be awed by, and to appreciate, the sergeant's courage and sacrifice. But what was he sacrificing for?
We are an America that, right now, is reluctant to fully embrace a world leadership role, but not quite ready to abandon it. We're far from isolationist, but we're not that interested in policing the world either.
While conferences like Davos are absolutely essential to make sure decision-makers get development right in the future, it is also imperative that these meetings are informed by the mistakes of the past and ground realities of the present.
Who would win in a hot war between Japan and China? The more limited the scope of the engagement, the better the chance for Japan to prevail. While China has more ships and planes, Japan has better ships and planes, with more maneuvering experience.
One of the most amazing, inspiring museums a lot of people will (sadly) never get to visit is the National Museum Of Iraq in Baghdad.
One might think that a place that cost more than a trillion dollars, tens of thousands of casualties, killed more than 100,000 Iraqis, and sullied the good name of the United States has a claim on the nation's attention. Such a conclusion, though, misreads the psychology of a people led by the nose into misfortunate.
I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...
The latest violence in Iraq rivals the levels last seen during wartime. Last year, between 8,000 and 10,000 civilians were killed, the highest number since 2008.
If checking into a not so nice place, turn off the lights in the room, shut the door and check for peep holes (it's happened). If there is one, slowly get your mace and spray through hole before leaving (easy way to tell who has been peeping).
With the recent and symbolic fall, again, of Falluja to al-Qa'ida and other jihadis we are forcefully reminded of the price that we paid in the American cleansing of Falluja ten years ago -- for naught. Falluja, massively damaged, seems back to square one.
When the drums start beating next time, remember the pain and cost of war. Our duty, as veterans, is to focus citizen's attention on the high price for what is done in their name.
Pomegranate Peace, a new novel by Rashmee Roshan Lall, is a funny, sad and all-too-true piece of fiction about the failure of U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The novel is also a cookbook.
The sad reality is that neither Assad nor his divided adversaries have any intention to lay down their weapons anytime soon. "Geneva" is no great breakthrough. Rather, it reflects the depths of international impotence.
The details of Obama's most recent speech about "changes" to the NSA's surveillance practices reveal that sadly little of substance will change.