Disastrous Lessons

December 8th, 2009

By Jan Barry Lyndon B. Johnson’s decision to escalate U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, despite public statements that he sought no wider war, destroyed his political career. John F. Kennedy’s decision to veto hawkish generals and advisors and wage a secretive, low-key counterinsurgency campaign—which included approving a military coup that killed the American-installed president of […]

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Culture Warriors

December 27th, 2008

A military uniform is akin to a soldier’s skin festooned with tattoos, displaying eye-grabbing patches and campaign ribbons, a feisty advertisement of where this soldier/sailor/airman/marine has been. Imagine what it takes to deliberately tear one’s war uniform apart. “It was liberating,” says Drew Cameron, a former Army artilleryman who served in Iraq in 2003 during […]

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Soldiers’ Angels

December 11th, 2008

According to Laughing Wolf at BLACKFIVE, The roughly 250,000 volunteers that are Soldiers’ Angels outdid themselves and came up with a warehouse full of “Wrapped in Holiday Spirit” care packages for deployed soldiers and those injured and in hospitals far from home. The problem is, the money for shipping those packages is gone, and some […]

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