|—||Jim Gourley from “The Best Defense” at Foreign Policy responding to former Navy SEAL and Lone Survivor author Marcus Luttrell who asked “We spend our whole lives training to defend this country, and then we were sent over there by this country, and you’re telling me because we were over there doing what we were told by our country that it was senseless and my guys died for nothing?”|
According to a recent study: “the odds of enlistment [in the U.S. military] for some male delinquents are more than 40 percent greater than for comparable respondents who have not engaged in delinquent behavior. For women, that figure is even greater at 80 percent.”
A new poll conducted in 68 countries around the world asked people which nation is the greatest threat to world peace. Guess who handily beat Pakistan, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea to take the title?
Kael Weston, a former State Department political adviser who worked with Marines for nearly three years in Falluja and the surrounding Anbar Province, following the recent taking of that city by Sunni insurgents.
Iraq War veteran Paul Szoldra from “Tell Me Again, Why Did My Friends Die in Iraq?” in Business Insider.
Imagine how many Iraqis might ask: “Tell me again, why did my friends die in Iraq after Paul Szoldra and the rest of the Americans came?”
Next up on the paperback book tour — I’m shipping up to Boston. Well, Cambridge actually. Come on out and see me at Harvard Book Store on January 13th at 7pm.
Where are U.S. Special Operations forces and just what are they doing?
After being stonewalled by Special Operations Command, I decided to figure it out for myself. The result? A map that looks like a global pincushion.
(For the rest, see my latest: Special Ops Goes Global at TomDispatch)
If you’re in Washington, D.C. on January 7th, come on out and see me at Politics and Prose Bookstore at 7pm for a talk, Q&A, and book signing for the new paperback edition of Kill Anything that Moves.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to Tom Engelhardt and BillMoyers.com for selecting my article, “The Pivot to Africa: The Startling Size, Scope, and Growth of U.S. Military Operations on the African Continent" as one of the "Most Underreported Stories of 2013."
The Obama administration has done it. In a country where its impossible to get people to agree on anything, 82% of Americans are now united in opposition to the war in Afghanistan.