Tag: Iraq

  • On the Altar of War

    On the Altar of War

    Mr. & Ms. Politician: I heard you on the radio the other day. Public Broadcast, my favorite station. I listen to it every morning. Lately, though, I've taken to turning it off. Or not even turning it on. I don't like starting my day angry[..]
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  • Why I refuse to see American Sniper

    Why I refuse to see American Sniper

      Here's the Link to the CNN essay and appearance: (CNN)"American Sniper" stormed the box office this past weekend with $105 million in ticket sales. Not since the Rambo movies have so many farmers and ranch hands buddy-upped to the popcorn counter. As much as[..]
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  • Honoring those other Veterans of War

    Honoring those other Veterans of War

          Joe Galloway is a journalist, author, friend. Joe Galloway is also a veteran of wars.  Several of them, including the ones still ongoing in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, yes, I know the war in Iraq is reportedly “over.” Try telling that to[..]
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  • Help a Veteran

    Help a Veteran

        For the past year I have been traveling with a disabled veteran back and forth to the VA hospital in Boise, Idaho. This veteran lives in a remote area of Oregon, which makes Boise the nearest VA hospital for him. This complicates things,[..]
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  • Masters of Outrage

    Masters of Outrage

      It's not that words have failed me. It's just that silence seems a more fitting response to the news that has bombarded us, all of us, over the past several weeks. Outrage is our go-to response. I confess that it has been too often[..]
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  • Pray for Peace

    Pray for Peace

        I spoke with a soldier friend of mine today. He's an active-duty soldier who has served several tours of duty in Iraq. He is also somebody who grew up in war-torn Sudan. He remembers when he was a child how his homeland was[..]
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  • Amazon is the Anti-Christ

    Amazon is the Anti-Christ

    I woke up this morning with a word. Well, actually, a complete sentence and an unsettled feeling. Maybe it's because I've been reading about rams, canals,goats and horns, that I woke up with my heart racing, my blood pumping and a word: Amazon is the[..]
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  • Letter to the Children of the Fallen

    Letter to the Children of the Fallen

      (Editor's Note: The following is a piece that I wrote for Newsweek in 2005. I thought its message timely and important as we bring combat troops home from Iraq) After her own father died in Vietnam, writer Karen Spears Zacharias learned what it was like[..]
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  • John Deere Brigade

    John Deere Brigade

    It's fair week in Umatilla County. Shelby and Konnie were home over the weekend and we headed downtown on Saturday to take in the parade activities. I don't know if the girls think it's as much fun as it used to be, back when they[..]
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