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How Hope Went Under the Desk and Then Disappeared From Our World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you chose to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," you never had a doubt that you could also turn off, tune out, drop back in, and get a job -- a good job -- any time you wanted. It's not a feeling the young would recognize now.

Nixon at 100

Roger Stone | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Roger Stone

My admiration then for RN is due to his grit, his durability, his physical and political discipline, his resilience and his indestructibility. "You are only defeated when you quit," he would say. Richard Nixon never quit.

The Legacy of Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay"

Doug Bradley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Black Voices
Doug Bradley

Forty five years ago this week, a record was released that would become the first posthumous number-one single in American recording history. I'm speaking of course of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

How the U.S. Brings 'Security' to the Planet

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

U.S. troops are gone from Iraq, but the violence our invasion and occupation set loose has never ended. We bear genuine responsibility for this, but no longer care a whit.

'So Many People Died'

Nick Turse | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Over these last years, I've interviewed hundreds of war victims like Pham Thang, and he's right: I'll probably never come close to knowing what life was like for those whose worlds were upended by America's foreign wars.

Men Without Heroes: An American Tale of Youth, War, Death and Hope

James Moore | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
James Moore

We went down into the Grand Canyon when Butch got home from the war. Neither of us had thought about a destination with any detail but the canyon was dramatic enough to get our attention and Butch needed the world to be beautiful for even a few minutes.

Joshua Hersh

Chuck Hagel And Obama Closely Align On Afghanistan Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam veteran and outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, as his secret...

Faded Flag Bears 45 Years Of Soliders' Bonds

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser | William Cole | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics

A war-torn Vietnam-era battle flag with thousands of miles of travel and decades of service and sacrifice interwoven with its stars and stripes is mak...

Christmas Love Letters That Stand The Test Of Time

usnews.nbcnews.com | Posted 12.26.2012 | Weddings

Across three pages — typed on Christmas Eve 1966 from a village in South Vietnam — the soldier’s words to his wife dance seamlessly from a de...

LBJ Presidential Library Writes Second Draft of Great Society

Jason Stanford | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Jason Stanford

It's easy to interpret the 2012 election as a ratification of Barack Obama's first term. But down in Austin, the LBJ Presidential Library is making a strong case that the legacy voters cemented in November was Lyndon Johnson's.

The Newtown Massacre: A Buddhist Perspective

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

As a Buddhist minister, I try to come up with some words of condolence about the Newtown massacre to share with my own congregation. I try to think of some scriptural passage, some words of wisdom. But I keep drawing a blank. I have spent the last few days mute and speechless.

Kimberly Zsebe, a Future Icon of the Art World (VIDEO)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

If it's true that an artist can become a piece of art themselves, then Zsebe is evidence of that. 2012-12-11-zpull.jpg

Remembering a Soldier's Face

Helen Davey | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

In fact, it was I who never, ever has forgotten his face. I had, indeed, memorized it. I close my eyes and I can see him clearly after almost 45 years. I had the privilege of being with him in his last hours.

Vietnam War-Era Mortar Kills 4 Kids

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | World

HANOI, Vietnam -- A mortar shell left from the Vietnam War has exploded in a southern village, killing four children and seriously injuring five other...

Jon Baitz's Journey to Other Desert Cities

Tom Teicholz | Posted 01.30.2013 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

Baitz's play seeks an alternative way out of the seeming impasses of our times -- our political deadlocks, our family dramas, even our most heartfelt and ego-driven certitudes -- by making us experience a greater emotional truth.

Purple Hazed

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.29.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 years old this week! That thought alone boggles the mind, because for those of us who came of age with him and his music, Jimi will forever be in his 20's -- hot, alive, defiant and "kissing the sky" as he fell to the ground.

Vietnam Remembrance

Diana Nyad | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Diana Nyad

We are living the year of the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. And this week, we find ourselves at the 30th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Remembering The Children Of Soldiers On Veterans Day

Richard Harris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Richard Harris

The documentary Gold Star Children focuses on those American kids who lost a parent in war, and brings home the enduring sacrifice made by young people, who often carry the scars of loss throughout their lives.

This Veterans Day, Beware the Dangers of Robot War

William Astore | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Astore

Technology is both overhyped and misunderstood in America, and that applies particularly to our enormous investment in military technology. This Veterans Day, we need to turn away from the false promise of robot weaponry.

On Veteran's Day, I Remember Being a Military Wife

Lea Lane | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Lea Lane

Night after night, the television screen would show horrible skirmishes, bombings, killings and mayhem. I would never know if my husband was safe until the next day passed and I had heard nothing.

David Wood

VA Chief Charts Solid Gains For Veterans

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Eric Shinseki took over a sleepy Department of Veterans Affairs four years ago, he decided some change was due. For one thing, tho...

Thirteen Works: A 'Vietnam' Reading List to Change Your Perception

John M. Del Vecchio | Posted 01.10.2013 | Books
John M. Del Vecchio

My criteria: Books which influenced my thoughts and writing; books which should still receive attention; and books which help to set the record straight or were part of the early record before the distortion.

A Veterans Day Tribute to Those Who Are Still Coming Home - from Vietnam, Korea, WWII and WWI

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 01.09.2013 | Impact
Megan Smolenyak

Though many don't realize it, "no man left behind" is much more than an expression. The U.S. military genuinely does all it can to recover soldiers from all conflicts, and for more than a decade, I've had the privilege of contributing to cases pertaining to WWI, WWII, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Andrea Stone

Why Bad Generals Don't Get Sacked Anymore

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the country chooses a president Tuesday, a timely new book by a veteran military writer makes the case that it is now easier to s...

Romney AWOL: Not Fit to Serve as Commander in Chief

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Mitt Romney wants to increase our military budget by $2 trillion per year even though our generals think we don't need it. But when he got the chance to serve his country, Romney quickly applied for and was granted four draft deferments.