With a budget showdown threatening to shut down the government on Friday, there's hardly any discussion of the $119 billion the U.S. will spend this year in Afghanistan, a country with a GDP of just $14 billion.
A recent visit to Broadmoor, Colorado made me feel that great progress has been made in this country and history is tilting in good directions for the most part when it comes to tolerance and acceptance.
I was glad to see the military acknowledging and addressing the separateness created by our all volunteer army, because I think it has profound consequences for our engagement with the men and women who serve.
I found myself in a Washington, D.C. hotel lobby surrounded by a group of drag queens attending a gay fundraising event. As a matter of fact, I was in drag, too! Suddenly the doors opened and John McCain was walking directly toward me.
A recent survey shows 90% of military families believe that civilian communities do not understand their needs nor support the values and dignity that come with a military career. Short of returning to a draft, what is to be done?