I see soldier worship as harmful because it so easily morphs into support for wars, no matter how unjust, by letting our affection for our fellow citizens in uniform and our desire to see them come home alive obscure the truth behind what they're supposedly fighting and dying for, which is rarely as black and white as we are told or wish it to be.
Participants in our eight-day fast started each day with a time of reflection. This year, asked to briefly describe who or what we had left behind and yet might still carry in our thoughts that morning, I said that I'd left behind an imagined WWI soldier, Leonce Boudreau.
Intelligence is never perfect: Mistakes will be made. Extreme fear of one type of intelligence mistake, however, has repercussion not only on the likelihood of committing the other type of error but in the value of information and the methods used to obtain it.
We Americans must ask ourselves why we are not clear enough; why we are not serious enough; why we are not decent enough to call the American torturers into court and give the victims a chance to look at their violators?
Central to the American public's understanding of the torture debate is their belief that torture provides important information about terrorist activities
Some say our national security was well served by so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," but the efficacy of torture and other coercive actions in counterterrorism efforts are difficult to gauge. The benefits of such actions are not clear.
A report came out reflecting just some of the terrible ways our government agencies and military arms treat human beings. There was silence, or even defense of such actions.
A key way to begin restoring trust in the government will be for men and women with character, moral courage, and discipline to run for elected office.
None of this is reason to stop mourning the horrific murders in Paris or to excuse it in any way. But it is reason to wonder why the media can never tell a more balanced story of what is happening our world.
Since the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's summary of its report, Thiessen has written two opinion pieces for the Washington Post on torture. Neither has addressed the discrepancies between his earlier claims about waterboarding and the report's representations.
Now that the Republican Party -- the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics -- has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it's an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.
There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.
The CIA was never among the world's most trusted global brands, even among U.S. allies, but torture revelations have diminished U.S. claims to moral leadership and reduced its "soft power."
When torturers make a person scream in agony, Christ shrieks too. The Passion gets re-enacted. Christ suffers all over again, because torture is a hideous assault on both humans and God.
Egyptian courts have allowed alleged perpetrators of killings and torture from security agencies to walk free, sometimes without ever appearing in court, while relatives of those killed by police brutality suffer in silence.
While grading term papers in the undergraduate course I teach at USF, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the NYPD officers recently assassinated by an apparently deranged African-American man. The coincidence prompted me to reflect on the moral and political challenges confronting our nation as we commence the new year of 2015.