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Was Iraq Worth It?

Was Iraq Worth It?

Ten years ago today, U.S. air, sea and land forces attacked Iraq. And the great goals...

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Stay out of the Syrian Maelstrom

Stay out of the Syrian Maelstrom

“In Syria, I will work ... to identify and organize those members of the opposition who...

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Shorn of Individuality

Shorn of Individuality

In Basic Training, we were given a set of civilian clothes which had to be worn...

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Moonlight Over Basra

Moonlight Over Basra

One of my sergeant majors was an airborne soldier and what he said was gospel to us. We...

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When the Towers Fell

When the Towers Fell

September 11 happened as soon as I’d gotten to my first regiment. It was just after...

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The Futility of Cleanliness

The Futility of Cleanliness

The Army was obsessed with cleanliness. We’d crane our necks around the bottoms of...

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In the Shadow of the Yanks

In the Shadow of the Yanks

Everything was bigger with the Yanks: their soldiers, their food, and their...

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Building Bridges and Making Soldiers

Building Bridges and Making Soldiers

The Royal Engineers did anything the Army needed—from building bridges to crossing...

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Ours Was Not to Reason Why

Ours Was Not to Reason Why

Tony Blair was interrupted at the Leveson Inquiry last week by a protestor calling him...

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A Millionaire in the Danger Zone

A Millionaire in the Danger Zone

Sunil* was a well-fed Indian shipping millionaire. I’d heard about him through people...

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The Bore War

The Bore War

War is supposed to be full of action. Men are supposed to dive over barbed wire and...

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Last Letters

Last Letters

“I want you to shoot me,” he said. He must have been joking. It was a struggle to...

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Too Far From the Front Line to Care

Too Far From the Front Line to Care

The Afghanistan war started over ten years ago. We’ve seen maps and graphics on the...

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Ground Rules for a Perfect Society

Ground Rules for a Perfect Society

If you were drawing up plans on how to run a private members’ club, a larger society,...

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