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John Bruhns is an Iraq war veteran and writer.

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It's Time to Get Real on Immigration

(17) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:43 PM

I have noticed that, ever since the Boston terror attacks, there has been a spike in anti-immigration sentiment, primarily among many people I know. I have seen numerous postings on Facebook illustrating a map of the United States with a logo stating "Closed for Business." However, this sentiment does not...

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Pennsylvania's Broken Parole System

(5) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 10:51 AM

Last July, Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA), in an attempt to reduce Pennsylvania's budget, signed Senate Bill 100 into law. As a result of this bill, instead of sending technical parole violators back to prison for technical parole violations, the offenders are instead redirected to...

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Gun Control: The Manchin-Toomey Bill Will Be Ineffective in Reducing Inner City Gun Violence

(71) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:57 PM

The public outcry following the mass shootings in Aurora, Newtown, and Tucson forced lawmakers to develop comprehensive gun control measures designed to prevent future tragedies. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) have constructed a bipartisan gun control initiative that they hope that their fellow lawmakers will endorse....

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President Obama: Driving on Cruise Control

(11) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 7:11 PM

I like President Obama. I voted for him in 2008 and 2012. In his first bid for president, I voted for him because of the "hope and change" he promised. He did follow through on his pledge to an extent, and I do believe the country is much better off...

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A Pledge to Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 12:22 PM

I never met Tomas Young. However, I strongly identify with his story as he and I joined the military for the same reason -- to fight those responsible for 9/11. However, I was far luckier than Tomas Young as I never had to endure the crippling, and ultimately...

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J'ai participé à la guerre la plus controversée de ma génération

(3) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 3:33 PM

Beaucoup de ceux qui ont fait leur service en Irak sont passés à autre chose et ont recommencé leur vie. Je fais partie de ceux-là. Mais malgré ce nouveau départ, je suis toujours hanté par les souvenirs de cette guerre. Ils me rappellent la chance que j'ai de vivre en...

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A View of the Drug War: Stop Blaming Police and Start Emphasizing Personal Responsibility

(67) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 5:24 PM

An anti-law enforcement sentiment currently exists in American society, particularly among those who are disconnected from the realities of inner-city areas that are plagued by crime. In these circles, I often hear law enforcement personnel blamed for the "prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs." It is...

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Iraq 10 Years Later: Participating in My Generation's Most Controversial War

(107) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 8:54 PM

Many of those who served in Iraq have moved on and started their lives anew. I am among that cohort. Despite my new beginning, I'm left with memories of that war. Those memories remind me of how lucky I am to live in America.

My land is secure, and no...

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Why the Drone Medal Is Overvalued

(89) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 4:32 PM

There are many opinions circulating the political and military atmospheres regarding whether or not to award a distinguished military medal to predator drone operators serving outside of battlefield operations. The Distinguished Warfare Medal, also known as the "Drone Medal," is not so much political as much as it...

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Why Voters Need A Third Party Option

(70) Comments | Posted January 1, 2012 | 8:44 PM

I no longer write as a pissed off veteran of the Iraq war. Nowadays, I observe the political spectrum from a different perspective. I'm a citizen who raises a child and works for a living. However, that does not mean that I am unaware of the fact that our current...

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Iraq: Six Long Years Of Deception

(129) Comments | Posted March 19, 2009 | 3:30 PM

Six years ago today I was in Kuwait awaiting orders to cross the border into Iraq with the first wave of invading forces. It was predicted that U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators, weapons of mass destruction would be found, and democracy would flourish across the Mideast. What a...

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What Obama Is Risking In Afghanistan

(6) Comments | Posted February 24, 2009 | 11:20 AM

President Obama's campaign slogan was "Change we can believe in." Americans, desperate for change, gave Obama a clear victory. Now in power, he's realizing that he can't deliver that change -- at least in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama said during his campaign: "I will meet with military leaders and...

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Obama's War On Terror: Proceed With Caution

(49) Comments | Posted February 17, 2009 | 6:18 PM

The Obama administration is facing military uncertainty regarding the war on terror. President Obama inherited a hefty load of problems that are arguably unsolvable. He may not be able to live up to his campaign promises of ending the war in Iraq and shifting military focus to Afghanistan.

During...

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Iraq: 3,000 High-Risk Detainees

(43) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 5:00 PM

As the Obama administration starts drawing down troops in Iraq and relocating them in Afghanistan many unsolved problems linger in the balance. The most crucial issue (for Iraq) is what the U.S. Military will do with approximately 18,500 Iraqi detainees still in custody. The current plan is to begin releasing...

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Israel: There Has To Be A Better Way

(16) Comments | Posted January 9, 2009 | 5:17 AM

Let me be crystal clear: Hamas is a terrorist organization that commingles themselves among the civilian population in Gaza. They fire rockets into Israel knowing that eventually Israel will provide a mammoth military response that will kill many innocent Palestinians. This exacerbates anti-Semitism in the Middle East and recruits...

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Israel: Attacks on Gaza will Likely Backfire

(61) Comments | Posted January 1, 2009 | 10:45 AM

There is no sugar coating Israel's latest assault on Gaza. It's wrong and likely to backfire on Israel -- similar to the 2006 Lebanon War.

My uneducated guess is that the Israelis notified Washington prior to their bombardment of Gaza. But then again, what does it matter?...

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Iraq: Is the SOFA viable?

(37) Comments | Posted December 14, 2008 | 2:47 PM

The Status of Forces Agreement between the governments of Iraq and the United States comes with outrageous stipulations that render our troops helpless, subject them to Iraqi military tribunals, halt U.S. military operations, and turn vengeful detainees over to the Iraqis. So what is the point of leaving...

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Extremity Causes Backlash

(12) Comments | Posted November 19, 2008 | 10:53 AM

The last 8 years of the Bush Administration taught us one certainty: There is always a backlash to extremity. Hence the historic election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

Those who voted to elect George W. Bush in 2000, and most significantly in 2004, enabled him...

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Congressman Wolf's Henchmen

(51) Comments | Posted October 27, 2008 | 9:47 AM

It appears as if Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) just had his Macaca moment -- sort of -- but worse.

Staffers from Judy Feder's campaign were assaulted when attempting to ask Mr. Wolf a simple question. Mr. Wolf stood by idly and did nothing.

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The Obama Challenges

(44) Comments | Posted October 23, 2008 | 9:36 AM

When I cast my vote for Barack Obama, I'll do so acknowledging that he will not be handed a gift when he becomes president.

The Bush administration, aided by a bipartisan majority of Congress, will be leaving behind many problems that will take years to solve....

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