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Danziger on trump's military

Danziger: He Bombed Again (By Opening His Mouth)

Having served in the U.S. Army, Danziger stiffened — like so many other veterans — when he heard Donald Trump refer to the nation’s armed services as “my military.” Barack Obama once used the same phrase, but somehow it sounds different when uttered by a megalomaniac.

April 14, 2017
Allied forces preparing to move against ISIS in East Mosul within days

Exclusive: U.S. Commander Says Fresh Advance To Commence Shortly In East Mosul

Mosul, the largest city held by Islamic State anywhere across its once vast territorial holdings in Iraq and neighboring Syria, has been held by the group since its fighters drove the U.S.-trained army out in June 2014.

Its fall would probably end Islamic State’s ambition to rule over millions of people in a self-styled caliphate, but the fighters could still mount a traditional insurgency in Iraq, and plot or inspire attacks on the West.

December 26, 2016
For American Troops In Iraq, Observing Christmas Again

Déjà Vu For American Troops Observing Christmas In Iraq Again

Few soldiers thought they would be back nearly 14 years after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, sparking an al Qaeda-backed insurgency and throwing the country into a sectarian civil war. Yet here they are in Mosul, albeit with a fraction of the numbers and a much narrower mission.

December 25, 2016

Anti-Government Resistance Now The Beating Heart Of GOP

Insane, paranoiac, anti-government prattle flows like sewage from the political right. Duly elected leaders, putatively responsible people, give credence to the crazy idea that the federal government is about to attack Texas. Why?

May 11, 2015

G.I. Joe Photo Exhibit Brings To Life Real Plight Of Struggling Veterans

By Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News SAN JOSE, Calif — These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that’s precisely the point. Mark Pinto hopes the […]

September 16, 2014

U.S. Commander Who Transformed Special Forces Steps Down

By Dan De Luce Washington (AFP) — The U.S. commander who helped place special operation forces at the forefront of the American military hung up his uniform, hailing a “golden age” for the elite commandos. Admiral William McRaven, 58, rose to prominence for his role in overseeing the successful 2011 raid by Navy SEALs that […]

August 29, 2014

Veterans Win In-State Tuition Benefit

By Adrienne Lu, Stateline.org As president of the Collegiate Veterans Association at Florida State University, Abby Kinch often heard from veterans who ran into a stumbling block before they even started their college careers. Veterans new to the state who enrolled at Florida State soon discovered they had to pay out-of-state tuition for their first […]

August 25, 2014

All-Clear Issued After Active Shooter Report At Ft. Lee In Virginia

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times Fort Lee officials have issued an all-clear after the Army base reported there was an active shooter on the base in central Virginia. The initial alert was posted on the base’s Facebook and Twitter pages Monday morning at about 9:30 a.m. EDT. According to the posts, the report occurred […]

August 25, 2014

Washington, Damascus At Odds In Fight Against IS

Washington (AFP) — Washington and Damascus are “not on the same page” in the fight against their common enemy the Islamic State, whose militants have declared a “caliphate” straddling swathes of Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials said Monday. The United States has been battling IS insurgents just over the Syrian border in Iraq with a […]

August 19, 2014

S. Korea, U.S. Start Military Drill Despite North Threats

Seoul (AFP) — South Korea and the United States on Monday launched an annual military drill, Seoul’s defense ministry said, despite condemnation by North Korea which has threatened a “merciless” retaliatory strike. The beginning of the “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” exercise, which will last until August 29, came as Pope Francis led a mass for inter-reconciliation […]

August 18, 2014

U.S. Shipping Arms To Iraqi Kurds: Official

Washington (AFP) — The United States has begun urgently shipping weapons to the Iraqi Kurdish forces battling an advance by extremist Islamic State militants, a State Department spokeswoman said Monday. “We’re working with the government of Iraq to increasingly and very quickly get urgently needed arms to the Kurds,” Marie Harf told CNN. “This includes […]

August 11, 2014

Hagel In India To Boost Defense Ties, Trade

By Abhaya Srivastava New Delhi (AFP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met India’s prime minister in Delhi on Friday, seeking to boost weapons sales to a new government eager to modernize its military. India is the world’s biggest arms importer and military trade is high on the agenda for the three-day trip, which comes […]

August 8, 2014

U.S. Aircraft Strike Islamic State Artillery In Iraq: Pentagon

Washington (AFP) — Two U.S. aircraft on Friday bombed Islamic State extremist positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said. The raid — the most significant since the United States withdrew from Iraq — came a day after President Barack Obama authorized force as he voiced fears of genocide against […]

August 8, 2014

U.S. Soldier, Reportedly Major General, Killed In Kabul

Washington (AFP) — A U.S. soldier was shot dead and 15 others were wounded Tuesday at a military base in Afghanistan, an official said, with one report identifying the shooting victim as a major general. The New York Times, citing unnamed sources, said that the gunman killed a major general in what would be the […]

August 5, 2014

With U.S. Encouragement, VA Disability Claims Rise Sharply

By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — As Malvin Espinosa prepared to retire from the Army in 2011, a Veterans Affairs counselor urged him to apply for disability pay. List all your medical problems, the counselor said. Espinosa, a mechanic at Fort Lee in Virginia, had never considered himself disabled. But he did […]

July 18, 2014

Prominent U.S. Lawyer Says Ready To Defend Ex-POW Bergdahl

Washington (AFP) — Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s lawyer on Thursday cautioned against a rush to judgment against his client as the U.S. military probes whether the soldier deserted his post before he was captured by Afghan insurgents. Eugene Fidell, a prominent expert in military justice who has taken on Bergdahl’s case, told NBC’s “Today” show he […]

July 17, 2014

Guantanamo Judge’s Secret Order On Secret Motion Is So Secret Defense Lawyers Can’t See It

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald In the latest installment of the Guantanamo war court’s most mysterious legal filings — two motions so secret that the public can’t know their titles — an Army judge has issued a classified order to prosecutors that even the defense lawyers can’t see. The Pentagon disclosed the existence of […]

July 16, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl Retains Yale Military Law Expert As His Attorney

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times MCALLEN, Texas — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, freed after years of captivity in Afghanistan and returned to active duty this week, has retained an attorney — a military law expert from Yale. Eugene Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, told the Los Angeles Times that he has […]

July 16, 2014

US F-35 Fighter Jets Cleared To Fly After Engine Fire

Washington (AFP) — The U.S. fleet of troubled F-35 fighters has been cleared to fly again but investigators are still uncertain what caused an engine fire on one of the aircraft, the Pentagon said Tuesday. U.S. Navy and Air Force aviation authorities lifted a ban on flights after having grounded the costly plane and left […]

July 15, 2014

Full-Body Scanners May Replace Some Genital Searches At Guantanamo

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald MIAMI — Giving new meaning to the military’s motto of transparent detention, the Guantanamo Bay war-on-terror prison is shopping for devices to conduct full-body scans at its outpost in southeast Cuba. The prison has invited businesses to bid on delivery of two full-body, low-dose X-ray scanners capable of detecting […]

July 8, 2014

Bergdahl Becomes An Outpatient At Texas Military Base

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s long road to recovery took another step forward Sunday when military officials announced that the former prisoner-of-war had become an outpatient at the Texas military base where he is being treated. Bergdahl, 28, had been receiving inpatient treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center at […]

June 23, 2014

Obama To Send Up To 300 Advisers To ‘Train, Advise, And Support’ Iraq

By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday he is prepared to send up to 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help government security forces fend off the Islamic militants who have seized up to a third of the country. Speaking to the nation, Obama said […]

June 19, 2014

About 275 U.S. Military Personnel To Iraq, Says Obama

Washington (AFP) – About 275 U.S. military personnel are being deployed to Iraq to help American personnel and protect the embassy in Baghdad, President Barack Obama said Monday in a letter to Congressional leaders. The force, which began deploying on Sunday, has been sent “for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, […]

June 17, 2014

Army Names General To Investigate Bergdahl’s Disappearance

By David S. Cloud, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Army said Monday it had named a two-star general to investigate the disappearance and capture of Sergeant Bowe R. Bergdahl in Afghanistan, a possible step toward a formal finding that he left his base without authorization. Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who formerly served as […]

June 16, 2014