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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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Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One): 'Why the War on Terror Shouldn’t Be Your Battle'
'I’m writing this letter in the hope that offering you a little of my own story might help frame the bigger picture for you.'
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Leave No Civilian Behind
This article is cross-posted at BillMoyers.com . Roughly 1.4 million veterans live in poverty in the United States, and, in total, more than 45 million people live at or below the poverty line. These numbers are similarly unacceptable, yet the conversation around military poverty and civilian...
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12 Days of Christmas Apologies
If Christmas magic were real, America's political and business leaders -- the people with power and money -- would speak on behalf of the nation they've debased: 1. To Our Most Neglected Citizens By the time the Koch brothers wake up on Christmas morning, the wealth the two men will have...
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Thank You For Making War! (or Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers)
Celebrating War Over and Over and Peace Once
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The Last Days of Tomas Young
Tomas Young was shot and paralyzed below his waist in Iraq in April 2004 when he and about 20 other U.S. soldiers were ambushed while riding in the back of an Army truck. He died of his wounds Nov. 10, 2014, at the age of 34. His final months were marked by a desperate battle to ward off the...
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Tomas Young’s Last Letter to Bush, Cheney
The courageous journey of seriously wounded Iraq War veteran, Tomas Young, ended this past Monday, nearly eleven years after he was ambushed in a wholly exposed military truck. He passed away in Seattle while being lovingly cared for by his wife Claudia. Tomas did not go quietly, despite his being...
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