The military’s disintegrating family life

by Jacob Hornberger


My hunch is that U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq who are experiencing despondency, depression, malaise, and disintegrating family life are suffering from much more than post-traumatic-stress-disorder arising from rough battlefield conditions. My hunch is that they are also suffering the consequences of severe guilt arising from being part of a military force that attacked another country needlessly. Every U.S. soldier knows that none of the people he killed (or maimed) ever attacked the United States and neither did their government or any of their countrymen. Deep down, every U.S. soldier in Iraq knows that he had no moral or legal right to kill the people he killed...


Iraq’s realities (whoever is president)

Christian Science Monitor
by staff


President Bush all but admitted Thursday that the US has hit another wall in Iraq. This time it’s Army overstretch. He cut future tours for soldiers from 15 to 12 months. And the troop surge? It’s over this summer, despite fragile security in Iraq. So what other walls still remain? Many. And they’re not all in Iraq. They range from war fatigue in the US to weak Iraqi government to the rogue militias of Muqtada al-Sadr. The difficult task of picking which “walls” to ignore and which to break through in order to achieve a US withdrawal was the broad topic this week in Congress over two days of grilling the top US military commander and senior US diplomat in Iraq. Most of the lawmakers’ questions (including those from the three presidential candidates) simply reinforced campaign positions. Indeed, voters have crisp choices on Iraq between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain. But unlike the last grilling of Army Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker six months ago, this one had an undertone of serious inquiry as the Bush era in Iraq draws to a close...


Phil Donahue’s “War”

The Nation
by John Nichols


During the week that George W. Bush — with an assist from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker — began demanding another $100 billion or so for his Iraq War, Phil Donahue began presenting the real face of the conflict. The daytime television pioneer, who from the 1960s to the ’90s taught America how to discuss uncomfortable topics, was doing it again with a remarkable antiwar documentary, Body of War, which went into national distribution just as Petraeus was telling Congress to forget about the ever mounting human and economic toll and give the war more time. Donahue was not just using his considerable prominence to pitch a project...


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