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A Vietnam Veteran Reflects on Memorial Day

Dave Stieber | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Dave Stieber

War -- conflict resolution by violence. Memorial Day -- a day to remember those killed in wars. More than remembering, Memorial Day is reality for me. That reality began in 2003 and was amplified in 2013.

Why We Fight? Oil.

William Astore | Posted 10.23.2012 | World
William Astore

Our nation's great thirst for oil should come as no surprise to anyone. What's surprising is that we continue to wrap our wars in the rhetoric of "freedom" even as we pursue the fix that our leaders believe they need to thrive: foreign oil, and lots of it.