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Swords to Pencils: Thoughts on the Veteran Experience in Academics

by Daniel Buckman

I saw the young veterans filing into my classroom before they saw me understanding them. They patrolled my school’s Greyhound terminal hallways where I taught English composition among rodents and balled fast food bags, a rundown college in Chicago’s Uptown where pistol fire popped in daylight hours from the three-way gang war over the lucrative narcotics trade in a neighborhood blooming with homeless addicts and halfway houses. 1,626 more words

PTSD

WikiLeaks Reveals New Saudi Cable

If you’ve been following the official narrative, the belief is that the Saudis have only been arming the “Moderates.”  Moderates such as the FSA (Free Syrian army) and various other smaller groups.  15 more words

A missing part of the Iraq war

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on September 10, 2014.

An astute reader pointed out in an e-mail to me in July that the U.S. 44 more words

Military

Dana Milbank: The U.S. plays whack-a-mole with the Islamic State

Washington Post — In the beginning there was Operation Overlord. Then came Operation Rolling Thunder, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Now the fight against the Islamic State has introduced a new concept into modern warfare. 65 more words

Politics

The Shroud

full of doubts, another reason to be cynical, easier to do nothing, when you disagree with someone, it’s self fulfilling, makes it safer, the comfy hole your in, you have a reason for being there. 38 more words

Metanoia

Return Of The King

Whether its central claim is an inscrutable dream of religiously legitimated sovereignty or a malleable delusion, the appeal of ISIS is easily abstracted from motives available to outsiders. 39 more words

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