Category Archives: American wars

Antiseptic war is always a figment of the imagination

How quickly we forget. German bombs reduced much of London to rubble early in World War II but did not defeat the Brits. American B52s left craters all over Vietnam but it was Americans who ultimately fled from hotel roofs. … Continue reading

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Libyan intervention raises questions

As American warplanes drop their payloads over Libyan military targets, our intervention thus far has elicited generally widespread bipartisan support.  This time, after all, we’re clearly on the side of the good guys, or at least on the side fighting … Continue reading

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No wonder this country is going broke

Death and taxes, the saying goes, are the only sure things in life.  But while many Americans don’t feel as if they’re getting off easy — 48 percent say their taxes are too high, a recent Gallup poll found — … Continue reading

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Violent war images are news, not 'snuff'

My True/Slant colleague Susannah Breslin yesterday wrote a provocative essay that suggests the leaked video of an American military helicopter mowing down a dozen people in Iraq, including two Reuters news service employees, had made its way around the world … Continue reading

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Let's put terrorist attempts in perspective

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,”  President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the American people during his first inaugural address. Speaking in the heart of the Depression, Roosevelt was addressing this country’s economic collapse.  Today, Barack Obama … Continue reading

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For some, war can certainly be lucrative

A friend who works for a high-end technology firm pointed out the other day that waging war and creating jobs in these United States are not mutually exclusive.  He noted that Raytheon, a company based in my hometown that specializes … Continue reading

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Count me among the disillusioned

Change we can believe in my derriere. And that’s just because I’m in polite company. Count me among a growing number of liberals moving from skeptical about President Obama to fed up.  This eloquent, intelligent, graceful and thoughtful man appears … Continue reading

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2 violent flashes in a country stretched raw

View Larger Map At least a first glance, Ryan Sager  seems right when he writes: “Don’t Look for Meaning in Fort Hood Violence.”  Mass killings in this country that loves its guns usually have little point. A day after the … Continue reading

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An American hero says it is time to leave Afghanistan

Matthew Hoh is not yet a household name. He should be. Hoh is an American patriot. He is a former Marine captain who, NPR reports, was cited for uncommon bravery during a tour in Iraq. He led reconstruction efforts in … Continue reading

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Aren't two American wars more than enough?

As he listened to the building drumbeat to send more troops to Afghanistan, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert recently observed: “Watching the American escalation … is like watching helplessly as someone you love climbs into a car while intoxicated and … Continue reading

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