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Flower Power: National Security, Civil Rights, and the Washington Florist

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

At first glance, one can be forgiven for thinking that a floral arrangement for a gay wedding doesn't carry much significance for the essential national security of the United States of America.

Defeating ISIS Without American Ground Forces

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2015 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

While ISIS can, and must, be defeated as soon as possible, it is wrong to suggest that America should lead the fight. In fact, it must be done without further U.S. ground units as even the threat of intervention by American troops plays directly into the enemy's strategy.

How Mindfulness Could Transform Pre-Deployment For Active-Duty Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science

Mindfulness has become recognized as a promising mental health intervention for soldiers returning home from war. But it may also be a vital tool for ...

Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

Christian Appy | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

Don't think that young students are the only products of a whitewashed history of the Vietnam War. Many older Americans have also been affected by decades of distortion and revision designed to sanitize an impossibly soiled record.

Want World Peace? Focus on Two Simple Things

Rana Florida | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Rana Florida

The state of the world got more gruesome yesterday with the barbaric killing of Lieutenant Muath al-Kasabeh. In a video released by the terrorist group ISIS, the 26-year-old Jordanian pilot can be seen dressed in an orange jump suit and locked in a cage, where he was burned alive.

A Letter to Taya Kyle, Widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle

Sybil Brun | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Sybil Brun

Although the movie is deeply moving -- and yes, sad -- it contains a powerful message that continues to resonate with me. So would I have had it any other way? Not a chance.

'American Sniper' Attracts the Fly By Night Patriot

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 02.03.2015 | Entertainment
Dustin DeMoss

Calling members of the military "cowards" is fine. There is a tacit understanding many members of the military have come to and that's that you can't please everyone. What is more insulting than seeing this man being called a "coward" are the people who believe they are patriots by seeing a film and expressing a pro-war mantra.

'When Parents Die at War'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Since 9/11, more than 10,000 U.S. children have lost a parent, sibling or other loved one who served in the U.S. Military. There are several organizations dedicated to start the healing process and to provide care and support to family members -- including children -- who have suffered the loss of a loved one serving in the armed forces.

Battle Cry, Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, formerly Washington's man in Baghdad and its ally against fundamentalist Iran, had just sent his troops across the border into oil-rich Kuwait. It would prove a turning point in American Middle East policy.

War Is the New Normal

William J. Astore | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

Pentagon insiders called it "the long war," an open-ended, perhaps unending, conflict against nations and terror networks mainly of a radical Islamist bent. Over the years, its chief characteristic became ever clearer: a Groundhog Day kind of repetition.

Vets With PTSD Should Be Exempt From Death Penalty, Legal Experts Say

The Atlantic | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

On January 12, 1998, Andrew Brannan was driving his truck at 98 miles an hour on a country road near his Dublin, Georgia, home when he was pulled over...

Tet -- 1968

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.

Sweeping Military Pay and Benefit Changes Coming

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

Senator Graham's question is about to be pondered in a way that has not happened since the draft ended 42 years ago. This will be a game changing debate.

Letters of Sacrifice

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts
Dorian de Wind

"Letters of Sacrifice" is Hassin's tribute to those who have fought and died for our country in all wars, but represents those who have fallen since that infamous September day almost 14 years ago.

Boosting India-U.S. Ties: A Regional Imperative?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 01.23.2015 | World
Samarth Pathak

In the backdrop of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to India, Samarth Pathak gets you fresh perspectives on bilateral ties in a candid interaction with three of India's leading strategic thinkers.

The Devil's Due

Babette Maxwell | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Babette Maxwell

When I talk about the quotient left out of a fancy math algorithm that determines national affordability for a nation at war, the things they don't account for are the payments still due on that tab.

The Golden Age of Black Ops

Nick Turse | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans. Unlike the December debacle in Yemen, the vast majority of special ops missions remain completely in the shadows, hidden from external oversight or press scrutiny.

U.S. To Deploy 400 Troops To Help Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

The U.S. will deploy about 400 troops this spring to help train moderate opposition rebels to defeat Islamic State militants, Reuters reported. The...

America Is Open for Business in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You can't have victory if you have no idea where the finish line is. But there is one bright side to the situation. If you can't create Victory in Iraq for future VI Day parades, you can at least make a profit from the disintegrating situation there.

National Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

So how do we reconnect the American people to their defenders? The Fallows article includes a tribute by Joseph Epstein to the military draft, but Fallows does not recommend one. It would never fly politically.

David Wood

When Giving Up 'Wounded Warrior' Status Helps Vets Heal

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

The 52,300 Americans wounded during the Iraq and Afghan wars are almost all home now. And while some are fully recovered, others will bear physical an...

Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One)

Rory Fanning | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Rory Fanning

When I signed up for the military, I was hoping to make a better world. Instead I helped make it more dangerous. I wanted to do right by my family and my country. Looking back, it's clear enough to me that my lack of knowledge about the actual mission we were undertaking betrayed me -- and you and us.

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

You're Either With Free Speech, or Against It?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.11.2015 | Media
Dorian de Wind

Some feel that Charlie Hebdo -- by poking fun at and ridiculing cultures, religions and religious figures -- crossed the line, created prejudices, perhaps even incited hatred and violence. This time, I find myself squarely defending Charlie Hebdo's freedom of expression.

Is the 22-Veterans-Per-Day Suicide Rate Reliable?

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Dustin DeMoss

While the situation is admittedly quite grim, with record numbers of veterans committing suicide at an ever-increasing rate, the issue is most likely even more ominous than it first appears.