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Combat Casualties and War Talk

David Wood | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
David Wood

Easy talk about "boots on the ground" grates on the senses. It seems an awfully cavalier way to talk about the American battle dead buried at Arlington and in cemeteries across the country. Of those I have known, in Iraq and Afghanistan and in other conflicts, each one was proud of being "boots on the ground," serving his or her country, proud of what they were accomplishing. Weary, perhaps, but resolute in their determination to see the job done. None, needless to say, wanted to die this way. But they were willing, trusting that the decision to send them was a thoughtful, considered judgment necessary for the good of the country.

ISIS Releases Video Threatening To Attack U.S. Troops In Iraq

AP | Posted 09.17.2014 | World

BEIRUT (AP) — The militant Islamic State group has released a video warning the United States that fighters await it in Iraq if President Barack Oba...

Ground Troops Arrive In Iraq To Assess Plan To Help Save Refugees (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: Aug. 13, 5:52 p.m. -- CNN and CBS report a small group of special forces flew into Mt. Sinjar in black hawk helicopters, and departed after sp...

My Conversation With Def Leppard

Tavis Smiley | Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by music legends Joe Elliott and Rick Savage, who reflect on their careers. With legions of fans around the world, the pop-metal band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and recently embarked on a 42-city national tour to support U.S. troops.

Dempsey: U.S. Assessing Whether Iraq Forces Can Hold

AP | By OSKAR GARCIA | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — A key role of the American troops in Iraq is assessing whether the country's security forces can hold together and whether its leade...

"Concern"

Mona R. Washington | Posted 08.24.2014 | Comedy
Mona R. Washington

Cast: CONCERNED AMERICAN ONE and CONCERNED AMERICAN TWO Setting: American supermarket. Rush hour. June 25, 2014.

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes in the Rise of Our Future Heroes This Memorial Day

Harry Croft, M.D | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Harry Croft, M.D

Let us never forget those who paid the ultimate price, while showing our appreciation, support and respect to those who continue to serve. Perhaps the best way to honor the fallen and injured is to continue their legacy in our future heroes.

Support Our Troops: A Few Thoughts On Memorial Day

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I support our troops to the core -- as human brothers and sisters of mine (and as a member of a military family). Would you want to send your family members to war? Do you even know what that means? Have you really thought about it?

Boehner: Some U.S. Troops Should Stay In Afghanistan

The Columbus Dispatch | Jack Torry | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As vote-counting continued in Afghanistan's presidential election, House Speaker John Boehner met yesterday with U.S. officials in Kabul...

Think: March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Lyrysa Smith | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Lyrysa Smith

The sheer number of people with brain injury and all those who love and care for them should make apparent the need for broad attention and concern. Brain injury impinges on the whole person, not just one's legs or lungs, and its consequences are unpredictable.

U.S. Shifting Afghanistan Exit Plans: Report

Reuters | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Frustrated about prospects of getting Afghan President Hamid Karzai to sign a long-term security deal, the United Sta...

Memo to Robert Gates: Duty, Sir, Lies in Getting a War's Premise Right

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

"Wars are a lot easier to get into than out of," Gates writes. Indeed! And the way to make wars much harder to get into is the requirement of an airtight premise, one worth dying for, one justifying the condolences to a dead soldier's family.

Marines Into Africa

Jeff Danziger | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Probe Of Civilian Deaths Abandoned In Afghanistan

Reuters | Hamid Shalizi and Dylan Welch | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

KABUL, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's intelligence service has abandoned its investigation into the murder of a group of civilians after being ref...

Pentagon Report Indicates Spike In Afghan Troop Deaths

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Afghan national security troops killed in combat shot up almost 80 percent during this summer's fighti...

In Praise of Ordinary Men Who Became Heroes

Cindi Bigelow | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Cindi Bigelow

The price to preserve freedom is always a costly one, but it offers a lesson that every school child and adult in America should be reminded of again and again. These are lessons of history that can never be forgotten for the sake of those who died

Why the Kerry-Karzai Afghan Security Deal Won't Work

Michael Shank | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Michael Shank

What's needed is an inclusive, political settlement -- with all stakeholders included -- that ends the fighting and stops the region from meddling, something we missed the mark on years ago. Until we do that, any Afghan security deal will remain elusive.

No Immunity for US Troops: Why Hamid Karzai Punted to Loya Jirga

Michael Shank | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank

Immunity for U.S. troops post-2014 isn't going to happen. It's a political non-starter. No Afghan presidential candidate, queuing for the April 2014 elections, can support it, nor do the Afghan people want immunity for foreign troops.

Will Wrigley

Senators To Obama: End Veterans Benefits Backlog

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Wrigley | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The majority of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday, urging his "direct and public involvement" in fixing ...

Chelsea Kiene

Veterans Present Petition To White House Calling Obama To Fix Benefits Backlog

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans met with senior White House officials Wednesday to express what they are calling an urgent need...

5 U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan Helicopter Crash

AP | RAHIM FAIEZ and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 05.11.2013 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — A helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan has killed five American service members, officials said Tuesday. Monday night'...

White House Warns Of Sequester's Impact On Key Group

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Three days away from Friday's sequester deadline, troops are among the groups facing worries over the automatic federal spending cuts. The White Ho...

Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

Ann Jones | Posted 03.29.2013 | World
Ann Jones

Despite all the experiments in styles of war-making, the American military and its coalition partners have ended up in the same place: stalemate. Only one thing is certain in 2014: it will be a year of American military defeat.

WATCH: Obama Reveals Timetable For End Of Afghanistan War

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the war in Afghanistan winding down after 11 years, President Barack Obama says the time is right for U.S. forces to let Afghans do...

Obama Administration Mulling Troops' Future In Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 03.10.2013 | World

* Obama, Karzai to meet on Friday * U.S. may be taking a bargaining position - analyst * Immunity for U.S. troops remain...