Posts Tagged ‘afghanistan’
Melaku: Because of “the ones we left behind and those who died, we now have a second chance.” Brian Hutson

Coming to America

Translating for the U.S. Army made Afghanistan too hot for one North Texas resident.
EDWARD BROWN
Two years after a harrowing escape from Afghanistan and the Taliban, Frank finally has some semblance of normalcy in his adopted home of North Texas. He was recently reunited with his Afghan wife and young daughter. Frank’s u...


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Mission Not Accomplished

GWYNNE DYER
In his visit to Afghanistan last December, British Prime Minister David Cameron ended up sounding just as deluded as President George W. Bush had been when he proclaimed “Mission accomplished” six weeks after the invasion o...



9/11 Blind

We’re 10 years past the Twin Towers attack and still fighting wars in its name. Can we open our eyes in time?
TOM HAYDEN
After witnessing the first jetliner crash into the Twin Towers on that Sept. 11 morning, a friend’s wife and 7-year-old daughter fled to their nearby Manhattan loft and ran to the roof to look around. From there, they saw the...


Leaving Afghanistan

GWYNNE DYER
It’s beyond satire. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, telling The New York Times what he had learned during his long tenure, explained that “I will always be an advocate in terms of wars of necessity. I am just much more...



R.I.P., Tim Hetherington

Kristian Lin
War reporters sign on for their jobs knowing that they might be killed in the line of duty. That doesn’t make it any easier to write up the obituary when a good one goes down. Yesterday, Tim Hetherington was killed (along...


Nobel Peace Prize Winning Obama A Warmonger?

Jeff Prince
Sunday was the first day of spring, and Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle sprung into action. First he probably trimmed his mustache. Then he emailed a statement accusing President Barack Obama of ignoring history by becoming...



The Longest War

After nine years, it’s still hard to tell what American troops are fighting for in Afghanistan — except one another.
story BY DON JONES photos by bill putnam and don jones
The steady drumbeat of the helicopter rotors was the best sound 2nd Platoon had heard all day, coming from the southwest — the three dots quickly turned into two Apache attack helicopters escorting the medevac Black Hawk. The...


The Tillman Story: “Why Are You Shooting at Me?”

The documentary explains how truth became a friendly-fire casualty.
KRISTIAN LIN
I used to live in Arizona, so I remember Pat Tillman wreaking havoc on the football field for Arizona State University. After going on to do the same for the NFL team then called the Phoenix Cardinals, the hard-hitting strong s...



Make It Right

Two movies about guilt and redemption don’t measure up to the books they’re based on.
Kristian Lin
So many movies are about people seeking revenge over wrongs done to them that it’s worth noting that there are two prestige pictures coming out about people trying to right the wrongs they’ve done to other people.