Arnold R. Isaacs

Arnold R. Isaacs

Arnold R. Isaacs, a journalist, and writer based in Maryland has written widely on refugee and immigration issues. He is the author of From Troubled Lands: Listening to Pakistani and Afghan Americans in post-9/11 America and two books relating to the Vietnam war. His website is www.arnoldisaacs.net.

Articles by this author

By the time the campaign was over, Raqqa, like a number of other Syrian and Iraqi cities, was in almost complete ruins (Photo: Youtube Screenshot/Gabriel Chaim) Views
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Moral Injury and America’s Endless Conflicts
When an announcement of a "Moral Injury Symposium" turned up in my email, I was a bit startled to see that it came from the U.S. Special Operations Command. That was a surprise because many military professionals have strongly resisted the term "moral injury" and rejected the suggestion that...
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The latest Trump administration assaults on refugees and immigrants should shock the conscience. (Photo: Erik McGregor/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Making America Crueler Again: Trump's Ugly New Anti-Immigrant Wave
On September 26th, President Donald Trump's White House announced that, in 2020, refugee admissions to the United States will be limited to 18,000, drastically lower than any yearly ceiling over the past 40 years. Along with that announcement, the White House released a separate executive order...
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Approaching the centennial of that suffrage amendment, American women are in the midst of another dramatic and rapid transformation of their political role. (Wikimedia Commons/The New York Times/Suffragists march in New York City) Views
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Looking Back at 1919: Immigration, Race, and Women’s Rights, Then and Now
Reading about immigration policy, religious and racial bigotry, and terrorism fears in America in 1919 offers an eerie sense of decades melting away and past and present blurring together. The blend isn’t exact. Bigotry was expressed much more explicitly a century ago, not in code as it usually is...
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They need to talk about how to reform the immigration system without needlessly damaging a great many human lives. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, February 07, 2019
Trump's War on Immigrants Is a Catalog of Heartlessness
"Make America Cruel Again." That's how journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler has reformulated Donald Trump's trademark slogan. Shipler's version is particularly apt when you think about the president's record over the last two years on refugee resettlement and other...
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The Vietnam War was obviously one of the most disastrous of this country’s past mistakes -- and the Pentagon's "50th Vietnam War commemoration" is a near-perfect example of how both national and military leaders and a willing public have avoided facing important truths about Vietnam and American wars ever since. (Photo: Quora/Wikimedia) Views
Friday, November 09, 2018
Disremembering Vietnam: On Making America’s Wars Great Again
Here’s a paradox of the last few decades: as American military power has been less and less effective in achieving Washington’s goals, the rhetoric surrounding that power has grown more and more boastful. The cliché that our armed forces are the best and mightiest in the world -- even if the U.S...
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Nowadays, the cost of being caught lying seems less obvious. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Views
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Learning the Power of Lies: Facts vs. Falsehoods in the Age of Trump
It's easy—and not wrong—to think that truth is in dire danger in the era of Donald Trump. His own record of issuing breathtaking falsehoods from the exalted platform of the White House is unprecedented in American history. So is his consistent refusal to back down when a statement is proven false...
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"As a religious minority in a country where their faith makes them potential victims of hate crimes, Muslims have stronger reasons than most Americans for believing in and practicing religious tolerance, not holy war." (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Views
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
American Islamophobia’s Fake Facts
Anti-Muslim activists in the United States were operating in a "post-truth era" and putting out "alternative facts" long before those phrases entered the language. For the last decade they have been spreading provable falsehoods through their well-organized network of publications and websites. A...
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 "Beyond any possible dispute, the sharia conspiracy is a fabrication, an imaginary threat conjured up to stoke public fear and hostility toward Muslims." (Photo: Sue Ogrocki / AP) Views
Monday, June 11, 2018
Giving a Pass to Anti-Muslim Bigotry
Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European...
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"Nine-tenths of the way to the year 2020, U.S. soldiers, with all of their firepower and technology, have not achieved anything close to total dominance on the battlefields where they have been engaged." (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert Reeves) Views
Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Why Can't the World's Best Military Win Its Wars?
"This time, they think they have it right." So declared an Associated Press story reporting an upbeat assessment by this country's top military officer at the end of a five-day visit to Afghanistan earlier this spring. Marine General Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was...
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Counting cases that have nothing to do with terrorism as "terror-related" isn’t the only way the administration has distorted the facts about immigration and the threat of terrorism. Views
Monday, March 05, 2018
Using Fake Facts to Make Us Afraid
When you see an immigrant or a foreign visitor, especially from a Muslim country, should your first thought be that you might be looking at a possible terrorist? Clearly, that’s how the Trump administration wants Americans to react. It was the message in the president's first address to Congress a...
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