Army Teaches Wrong Lesson in Nation’s High Schools

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Pat Elder: Historical evidence, statements by military leaders of the era show JROTC version of Hiroshima is misleading.

Friday Feedback: Veterans — The War After the War

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Friday Feedback: Providing basic housing for veterans suffering from severe mental illness is the least we can do for the sacrifices they’ve made.

Army Officer’s Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story

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Gareth Porter: “If the public had access to the classified reports,” Davis writes, “they would see the dramatic gulf between what is often said in public by our senior leaders and what is true behind the scenes.”

Friday Feedback: Issa’s Own Earmarks

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Friday Feedback: The Goverment and Military were informed and knew what the hazards were as far back as year 1900, as well in 1922 when the first class action suit was filed.

Night Raids Killed over 1,500 Afghan Civilians

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Gareth Porter: U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the U.S.-NATO command reveals.

After Bin Laden: A Reckoning and Reflection

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Lydia Howell: After hearing that Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden is dead, I felt relief—and hope. Hope like light coming through the crack in a locked door. Hope that we can finally end the longest war in United States’ history.

Robert’s Rules of Torpor

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Brad Parker: I call on the leadership of the Party to “Change the Rules” and “democratize” the Democratic Party.

Hiding Military Sexual Trauma

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John Lasker: The mysterious deaths of female soldiers coincide with an increase in reported sexual violence against women in the military.

Homeless Veterans: How We Can Help

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4-Star Democratic Club & United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance present Homeless Veterans: How We Can Help. Tuesday, January 25, 7 – 9 PM, Historic AMVETS Post II, 10858 Culver Blvd, Culver City CA 90230, (310) 559-2116

Straight to Hell

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The bashing of Elizabeth Edwards is just a footnote to the larger trend of right wing demonization of secular and left forces reignited by the Tea Party. This trend builds on Cold War “better-dead-than-Red” hysteria equating patriotism and “authentic” American citizenship with being god-fearing.

This Year, Contractor Deaths Exceed Military Ones in Iraq and Afghanistan

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T. Christian Miller: More private contractors than soldiers were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, the first time in history that corporate casualties have outweighed military losses on America’s battlefields.

Soldiers With Brain Trauma Denied Purple Hearts

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T. Christian Miller: Army commanders have routinely denied Purple Hearts to soldiers who have sustained concussions in Iraq, despite regulations that make such wounds eligible for the medal.

Why I Keep Talking about Race

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Steve Hochstadt: I will keep talking about race because my students cannot understand American history without knowing the role played by racism.

Another Day, Another Massacre in Afghanistan

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Patrick Henningsen: Just as every cracking wooden fence requires a white wash, so every unsavoury event needs a good cover-up. After the massacre, it’s reported that the Coalition Soldiers removed the bullets from the walls, plastered over the bullet holes, and then tied the hands of the dead victims behind their backs and gagged them.

The Army Experience Center and the Development of a Warrior Caste

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There was no overall strategy in the shift, according to two recruiting insiders, except that a strident, jingoistic tone was adopted in communications from the command to recruiters.

LaVena Johnson (In Memorial) Where Is The Justice?

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A Poem in Memorial to LaVena Johnson by Luke Easter Just when you think you’ve heard it all, Another name is slammed into a brick wall, LaVena Johnson an Army Private First Class, Is she the first? Certainly this PFC isn’t the last. Is it any wonder Osama Bin Laden can’t be found? With a [...]

The School Lunch That Saved Europe

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United States and British planes undertook a heroic mission into the Nazi-occupied part of the Netherlands during the final days of World War II. But their mission had nothing to do with striking the German army. Instead, the British and the Americans were dropping desperately-needed food supplies to the starving Dutch. One British pilot described [...]

Anti-War Hero

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In the 1960s, most of America reviled Malcolm X as a villain. America now celebrates the May 19 birthday of this “shining prince.” History repeats itself. On April 22, 2004, an American football star named Pat Tillman was killed in action in Afghanistan. After September 11, Tillman had eschewed a $3.6 million sports contract to [...]

“What? What?” Failure To Supply Earplugs Cost Thousands of GIs Their Hearing

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Thousands of GIs have suffered preventable hearing loss because they were not supplied with earplugs to reduce the din of battle. Many have a permanent ringing in their ears they will suffer throughout their lives. The condition is widespread. In 2006, the Veterans Administration paid out more than a half billion dollars to veterans with [...]

LaVena Johnson Military Rape Coverup

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LaVena Johnson was found dead on a military base in Balad, Iraq, in a tent belonging to military contractor KBR, a spinoff and former subsidiary of Halliburton.

A Long View on War

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As a 91-year-old U.S. Army retiree, I believe I am entitled to present a long view of our war (invasion) in Iraq. I was born the year we joined our allies in World War I, I fought in World War II, was recalled to duty in the Korean Conflict, and watched my oldest son go [...]

Veterans Fight to Preserve West LA Veterans Grounds

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Veterans fight to preserve LA Veterans grounds. Yesterday Citizens For Veterans’ Rights (CFVR) received word from Congressman Henry Waxman’s office that the Real Property Exchange Program Manager ACSIM-Army Reserve Division announced “that phase 2 of the West LA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will begin in the next few weeks … for the sale or transfer [...]

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