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Remember This on Memorial Day: They Didn't Fall, They Were Pushed
Of all the world’s holidays commemorating wars, Memorial Day should be one of sober reflection on war’s horrible costs, surely not a moment to glorify warfare or lust for more wars.
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How Did a 26-Year-Old Iraq War Veteran Die Serving a 2-Day Jail Sentence?
Sgt. James Brown left his family in 2012 to report to El Paso County Detention Facility in Texas for a two-day stay on a DWI. So how did he end up dead?
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Asked by Veteran to Apologize for Horrors of Iraq War, Karl Rove Says No
'I'm not going to apologize for our government having done the right thing by having removed Saddam Hussein from power,' Rove insists
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Is Drone Warfare Fraying at the Edges?
Are pilots deserting Washington's remote-control war? A new form of war may be producing a new form of mental disturbance
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Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War
How Thanking the Veteran Meant Ignoring What Happened
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As a Veteran, I See ‘American Sniper’ as Dangerous, But Not for the Reasons You’d Think
After watching the movie “American Sniper,” I called a friend named Garett Reppenhagen who was an American sniper in Iraq. He deployed with a cavalry scout unit from 2004 to 2005 and was stationed near FOB Warhorse. I asked him if he thought this movie really mattered. “Every portrayal of a...
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What Too Many Americans Don't See When They Watch 'American Sniper'
The glorification of our recent wars abroad exemplifies the degree to which a large portion of Americans are living in a bubble of their own devising.
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Killing Ragheads for Jesus: On Watching 'American Sniper'
“American Sniper” lionizes the most despicable aspects of U.S. society—the gun culture, the blind adoration of the military, the belief that we have an innate right as a “Christian” nation to exterminate the “lesser breeds” of the earth, a grotesque hypermasculinity that banishes compassion and...
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We're Killing Us: On a War in Two Directions
“Sometimes they have drug and alcohol problems and when they feel that the VA is ignoring them, not answering the phone, failing to return calls for assistance or there are long wait times, they get more and more disgruntled. The VA is ripe for a mass killing but no one is listening to us.” The...
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Casey vs. Kyle: On Bloodlust, Loss, and Wars of Choice
"I only wish I had killed more." –Navy Seal and "American Sniper", Chris Kyle “I can’t kill anyone.” –US working-class soldier before his short deployment to Iraq, Casey Sheehan This is something that I don’t want to revisit—I never want to relive the worst experience of my life. However, with the...
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