The Hunting Knife Dad Sent Me

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Dick Price: If I did it right, the patients — some still wearing old jungle boots or ragged fatigue jackets 20 years down the road — could see that I knew at least some of what they knew about Vietnam. And about drinking, too.

Bring on the Drones

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Clifford “Felonius Ax” Tasner: The predator drones represent a great opportunity for our Aerospace companies. We are making a killing killing, for goodness sake!

Warmongering vs. Pacifism

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Nick Capo: Without pacifism’s absolute repudiation of war, many people apparently cannot withstand the emotional and social pressure placed upon them by those who wish for war, and ever more wars. They succumb to war fever.

War Makes Us All Victims

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Jack Finley: Many of us have spent long hours these past years in opposition to the continuing wars that should have been predicted as future failures long before they were even started. Our government has not learned from its failures and continues to expect different outcomes and in the process our country is close to bankruptcy.

The Okinawa Conundrum

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Nick Capo: Estimates vary, but as much as a third of the population still on the island of Okinawa, somewhere around 142,000 people, including military conscripts, died during the fighting.

License to Kill

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John Peeler: It is distressing that a president who came to office as a bitter critic of abuses of presidential authority by his predecessor now takes essentially the same position as George W. Bush. Power that is unchecked and operates in secret is always dangerous to democracy.

Time to Leave Afghanistan Now

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Joseph Palermo: At about $10 billion a month, and an increasing number of American casualties in an environment more volatile than ever, the American people need to take long, close look at whether staying in Afghanistan until December 2014 is worth it.

For Franklin Graham, The Crusades Never End

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Tom Hayden: Thousands of American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan are the legacy of a continuing Christian crusade promoted by Franklin Graham, who now is claiming in television interviews that President Obama is a born Muslim and a questionable convert to Christianity.

How Presidential War Power Is Made

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Mary Dudziak: “Liberals” and “conservatives” are often talking past each other on questions of national security, and there is a need to reshift the conversation, and get beyond partisan and left/right divides.

Democratization: Indigenous Beats Imported

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Ivan Eland: Despite George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s efforts to topple foreign dictators and use military power to forcefully impose democracy from without, democracy usually works better if it bubbles up from below by popular desire.