Support the troops? Read veteran Daniel Somers’ viral suicide note
Jun27

Support the troops? Read veteran Daniel Somers’ viral suicide note

DALLAS, June 25, 2013 – On June 10, 2013, Daniel Somers, 30, a seasoned veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom wrote a chilling, heartbreaking address to his family before ending his life. His last words swept the Internet this week. Every American, particularly those that supported the wars of the last decade, should read it. According to Gawker, Somers operated in over 400 combat missions. He worked with Joint Special Operations...

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Shallow patriotism and the Iraq War’s 10th anniversary
Mar19

Shallow patriotism and the Iraq War’s 10th anniversary

The 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War is today. My Facebook feed is full of well-meaning civilians sharing photographs of honorable soldiers in venerable poses and elegant yellow ribbons. It seems as if, as time has passed, the anniversary of America’s invasion of Iraq has become a gleeful opportunity for some to demonstrate their patriotism. It is understandable that those that never served, never loved nor lost a soldier or...

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Conservative militarists bemoan Rand Paul’s diplomatic foreign policy
Feb12

Conservative militarists bemoan Rand Paul’s diplomatic foreign policy

DALLAS, February 12th, 2013 - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) delivered a speech to the Heritage Foundation last week advocating a return to a non-interventionist and diplomatic foreign policy. “I see the world as it is. I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist,” Paul began, immediately distancing himself from the GOP’s increasingly unpopular war wing and critics charging libertarian conservatism breeds isolationism....

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Blackbox by Tiffany Madison
Sep05

Blackbox by Tiffany Madison

Written for 2009 charity auction. PART I The compulsion to breathe forced his lungs to retract and expand; his eyes fixed upon the spinning tread by his face. Blinking, he tried to recall what happened, remembering only a blur of action. He knew he had been shot, that his convoy was ambushed, though he couldn’t lift his head to see, or feel his legs. It had all happened so fast; one second they were driving and in the next they...

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