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Questioning War Is No Disrespect to Veterans. It’s a Civic Duty.

| June 5, 2018

Americans remain unconcerned about wars the U.S. is currently fighting (at last count, we’re bombing at least 7 countries) though they foot the bill both in tax dollars and lives.

Voices From the Grave
Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s Last Letter to His Wife

| May 28, 2018

Maj. Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife, written a week before he was killed at Bull Run in 1861, is one of the great eulogies of sorrow and divided duty to nation and family. As a memorial to the victims of war, who include survivors, especially civilians, the letter has few equals.

Ranks of Notorious Hate Group Include Active-Duty Military With Advanced Weapons Training

| May 6, 2018

A Marine who took part in the violent assaults in Charlottesville last summer underscores involvement of current or former service members in white supremacist groups, long a concern.

Are Drug Addicts Less Valuable Than Students? Florida Says Yes, Wrongly.

| March 18, 2018

Politically there may be a big difference between students’ safety and drug addicts. Ethically, there is none, and financially, addicts are being lethally short-changed.

Military Inferiority Complex:
Dear Leader Wants A Parade

| February 9, 2018

The military doesn’t need parades. It needs to come home. Worshipping it in time of endlessly losing wars only locks and loads more cannon fodder.

Jacksonville Air National Guard Base a Finalist to Receive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in 2022

| December 7, 2016

The F-35 is the most expensive fighter jet–and weapon system–ever built. The program, now seven years behind schedule, has been mired in cost overruns, delays and performance failures.

Paying for Patriotism: The Pentagon’s Crass, Misguided Stunts

| November 11, 2015

The Pentagon has been buying and choreographing patriotism at NFL, baseball and NASCAR events that are made to look spontaneous and voluntary. They’re anything but.

America’s Pious Embrace of the Police State

| November 1, 2015

The easy worship of the use of force abroad for the past 15 years is coming home to roost in an escalation of police-state tactics and violence a majority of the public dangerously accepts if not condone.

Yet Another Sales Tax “Holiday” Proposal, For Two Months, This Time for Military Veterans

| October 5, 2015

The military veteran sales tax break would last from Nov. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016, just in time for the holidays, but competes with other breaks.

Boots on the Ground to Fight ISIS? Sure, But Arab and Turkish Boots, Not American

| September 10, 2015

Republican candidates for president are right about calling for military force against ISIS, wrong about the kind of force that should fight: only Sunni fighters from Arab lands and Turkey can effectively defeat ISIS, argues Joseph Nye.

Flagler Briefly Pauses On 100th Anniversary Year of the War that Led to Veterans Day

| November 11, 2014

The commemoration of Veterans Day this morning in Bunnell featured a Florida Army National Guard commander who traced the conflict-ridden history of the day since its inception at the end of World War I.

Florida GI Bill Seeks More ‘Military Friendly’ State, With Free Tuition For National Guardsmen

| January 31, 2014

The hefty proposals include spending $14.5 million a year for an expansion of free tuition for members of the National Guard, would create a non-profit to market Florida to former members of the U.S. military. Also, they would upgrade state armories, ease professional licensing for veterans and offer a waiver for all honorably discharged veterans from having to pay out-of-state tuition charges at state colleges and universities.

The Trouble With Veterans Day

| November 11, 2013

It’s hard to see how, if a war is unjust, it can be heroic to wage it. So it’s flat-out preposterous to claim that everyone who has ever been in the U.S. military is a hero, argues Arnold Oliver, a Vietnam veteran who finds it troubling that Veterans Day has devolved into a hyper-nationalistic worship service of militarism.

The Military’s Sexual Assault Crisis: Our Women in Uniform Deserve Better

| May 28, 2013

There were 3,374 reported cases of sexual assault in the military in 2012, and 26,000 assaults likely went unreported. Those shameful numbers don’t have to speak for themselves, argues Martha Burk, but most of the victims were afraid of being punished by superiors if they reported what happened.

Militarizing the Border: Where Those Billions for More “Security” Will Go

| April 27, 2013

The U.S. spent nearly $18 billion dollars on immigration enforcement agencies last fiscal year, more than all other law enforcement agencies combined. Where would another $4.5 billion go? Here’s a closer look at what is being proposed, and how the government has spent (and often wasted) border money in recent years.

Voices from the Grave:
So Proudly We Fail

| November 12, 2012

In “So Proudly We Fail,” James Agee looked at war films to explain the “unutterable dislocation” between soldiers and civilians, what he described–in 1943–as a destructive “chasm” that veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan describe with equal anger today even as the nation goes through the motions of marking its Veteran and Memorial days.

Hero Whiplash: Abusing Soldiers, Misusing Honor

| May 29, 2012

When it comes to talking about the troops who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, hero is the most overused word, while those who have sent them to Iraq and Afghanistan let themselves off the hook, argues Mary Jo Melone.

American Soldiers Committing Atrocities: Placing the Blame Where It Belongs

| April 22, 2012

From posing with corpses of insurgents to going on murderous rampages, American soldiers’ atrocities in Afghanistan are becoming routine. Without absolving the military of its responsibilities, the real isn’t the soldiers’ alone.

Lady Liberty at Flagler Palm Coast High School: When Veterans Get Patriotism All Wrong

| February 11, 2012

Veterans complained to the Flagler County School Board that student portrayals of Lady Liberty they say at FPC “desecrated” her and the flag and should be removed. The veterans were wrong, and were themselves desecrating American values.

Your Police State At Work: Spy Drones Entering Local Cop Arsenals, Including Florida’s

| December 26, 2011

Forget Iran and Afghanistan. Americans have unmanned drones flying over their own heads, and more are coming as local police agencies, including the Miami-Dade Police Department, are acquiring spy drones and using them for surveillance of citizens.

3,338 Days: U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan Is Now Longer Than Soviet Union’s

| November 27, 2010

A photo gallery of the human and inhuman side of a conflict that’s worse than Vietnam in many ways, and is damaging American strategic and financial interests–with no end in sight. The only clear winner: al-Qaeda.

Florida State Intervenes As More Soldiers Die from Risky Behavior than Combat

| October 27, 2010

In 2009, more soldiers died from suicide and high-risk behavior than in combat. The Pentagon is drafting Florida State to fight the epidemic.

Election Primer: Amendment 2 Loop-Holes a Tax Exemption for Soldiers in War Zones

| October 14, 2010

Amendment 2 would give soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan (or future war zones) a property tax exemption but only if they own homesteaded property. The amendment is more controversial than you’d expect.

Beyond the Wounds: Purple Heart Monument Dedication at Heroes Park Tuesday Morning

| September 27, 2010

Tuesday morning’s Heroes Park dedication of a monument dedicated to Purple Heart recipients was to feature veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and both Gulf wars.

Brainless: How the Pentagon Denies
Purple Hearts to Soldiers With Head Trauma

| September 19, 2010

Long a laggard in recognizing head traumas and mental-health issues on par with more physically visible wounds, the Pentagon is refusing to award Purple Hearts to some soldiers despite evidence of injuries.

“Pacific” a Sequel To Exalt War Passions

| April 4, 2010

The Pacific war was not a sequel. It is here, with all the hand-me-down fatigues of war sequels.

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