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Trump Steps Up Bombing in Iraq, Civilians Die

| April 9, 2017

More U.S. coalition strikes are now causing civilian casualties than strikes by Russia, which was loudly and appropriately accused of war crimes for its bombing of Aleppo, Syria last year.

Scott Bolsters Protection for Florida National Guard in Wake of Tennessee Marines’ Murders

| July 19, 2015

In an executive order, Scott directed Adjutant Gen. Michael Calhoun to temporarily move National Guard members from six “storefront” recruitment centers to armories.

Florida’s Smallest Police Department Gets a Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicle

| May 18, 2015

The Pentagon put more than 12,000 MRAPs into service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Now many of those MRAPs are being unloaded to 780 domestic civilian law enforcement agencies.

Lockheed’s F-35 Stealth Fighter: A $1.5 Trillion Waste of Tax Dollars

| October 1, 2014

With a projected eye-popping price tag of up to $344.8 million each, the F-35 is almost 8 years behind schedule, billions over budget and not yet combat-ready. And it’s bleeding the Treasury.

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 Shame of Guantanamo, 11 Years On

| January 4, 2014

The irony should not be lost on us that our congressional district is represented by Ron DeSantis, the sort of fanatic who had no trouble advertising his brief service in Guantanamo’s kangaroo courts as a badge of honor while leaving silent his employment with a more legitimate Florida corporate law firm. With political charlatans like that in Congress, it’s no wonder Guantanamo endures.

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.

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.

My Favorite Republican: A Look Back at Eisenhower’s Otherworldly Farewell Address

| February 20, 2011

On the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s farewell address, what’s striking about the speech today, Donald Kaul argues, is its tone of balance and moderation. It sounds like a speech not merely from another era but from another planet.

Purple Heart Monument at Palm Coast’s Heroes Park Is Slammed Over in an Act of Vandalism

| November 24, 2010

The Purple Heart monument–a heavy, granite stone weighing a few tons–was dedicated less than two months ago at the city park along Palm Coast Parkway. A sheriff’s investigation is ongoing, with few clues.

The Live Wire, Oct. 7: Mario Vargas Llosa, “Christian” Homophobes, Soldiers and Privacy

| October 7, 2010

The Nobel Prize goes to a great writer for once: Mario Vargas Llosa; plus the Supreme Court case on homophobes at soldiers’ funerals and more on privacy, obesity and hometown democracy.

The Live Wire, Sept. 28: War Crimes, Pill Mills, Confederates and God

| September 28, 2010

US soldiers as murderers, Florida pill mills poisoning the South, Bertrand Russell on God, tales from Fatland, folding up the Confederacy, and more.

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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