Posts Tagged ‘soldiers’

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...


Johnny Got His Pills

(And we’re getting ours.)
E.R. BILLS
After U.S. Army Sgt. Douglas Hale, Jr. finished 15 months in Iraq for his second combat tour, it was obvious that things in his life were awry. In 2007, he was diagnosed with severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder...



The Expendables: One Country for Old Men

Stallone and his middle-aged crew blow stuff up.
KRISTIAN LIN
All you need to know about The Expendables is that it delivers exactly what you would expect, no less and no more: terrible dialogue, macho posturing and male bonding, flying bullets and explosions, and enough testosterone flyi...


Recruiting Tolerance

Hatemongers could learn a few things from this football coach.
E.R. BILLS
On my way to work a while back I saw a solitary picketer at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Cherry Lane. He had a sign in each hand and two or three on the  landscaping buggy he’d dragged to the street corner with...



Come Clean on Campus Crime

John Q. Public
To the editor: Regarding your story about Clery Act controversies at Tarleton State University (“A Fine Education,” Nov. 11, 2009): Colleges and universities routinely provide Clery Act data while touting their comp...


Fighting for Sanity

E. R. BILLS
In the last few years the number of suicides involving active-duty American troops has skyrocketed. In addition to engaging the enemy, a growing number of our soldiers are fighting themselves. And they’re losing.



Torture Porn

Big Ticket
Having made such classic documentaries as The Thin Blue Line and The Fog of War, Errol Morris looks deeper into the events at Abu Ghraib prison in Standard Operating Procedure. He interviews many of the U.S. military police off...


All These Things That I’ve Done

The best Iraq drama so far, Stop-Loss still runs into problems.
Kristian Lin
Hollywood is in a no-win situation when it comes to Iraq. (So’s the White House, but that’s another story.)



Fo, Fo, Fo

Big Ticket
Many English-speaking theatergoers had never heard of Dario Fo before 1997, when he won the Nobel Prize for literature.


’Tis of Us

Static
If you are reading this on the Fourth of July, rest easy in the knowledge that, somewhere in North Texas, Static, like normal people, is, rain or shine, eating barbecue and homemade ice cream — maybe even wearing its tall Unc...