Questioning War is a Civic Duty. Why Do So Few Do It?

By Kevin Basl “How do you motivate men and women to fight and die for a cause many of them don’t believe in, and whose purpose they can’t articulate?” That’s what Phil Klay, author and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, asks in an essay published this month in The Atlantic. Unfortunately, he points out in a recent … Read moreQuestioning War is a Civic Duty. Why Do So Few Do It?

How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its ‘Vietnam syndrome’

In the years after Vietnam, some members of the political and military establishment want to use military force without feeling hamstrung by the possibility of public opposition. But going to war is arguably one of the most important decisions a country can make…

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The futile vanities of Trump’s “mother of all bombs”

President Donald Trump’s “mother or all bombs” – the world’s biggest non-nuclear weapon – dropped on remote mountains in unfortunate Afghanistan has pulverized rocks, shattered local ecology and destroyed the habitat of rare animal and other species. It completely shattered everything in a one-mile radius and has affected life in an almost 30-mile periphery. It may…

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Reliving Agent Orange: What The Children of Vietnam Vets Have To Say

Vietnam Memorial

ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are looking into the multigenerational effects of Agent Orange. Please fill out the corresponding questionnaire if you are:

  • A veteran
  • Child of a veteran
  • Family member of a veteran

Beginning today, we are delving into a more-thorny component of the story: Whether Agent Orange has adversely affected the health of vets’ children. Earlier this month, we asked those children to share their stories. We were flooded with responses. We’ve highlighted a few below.

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Rep. Schiff: Cyber Attack On Satellite Could Be Act Of War

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 “Of course we can better guard against such things by requiring our intelligence satellites to carry defensive mechanisms on board. But the trouble is how that move could be perceived internationally,” Schiff noted. “The addition of a defensive capability might make our overhead satellites start to seem like airborne weaponry.”

And “if you get into a tit-for-tat exchange you may end up costing yourself more than your adversaries,” Schiff said.

EAN editorial note: The article republished below does not clearly specify that Rep. Adam mentioned in the first sentence is Rep. Adam Schiff.

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Popular Mechanics: US Government Interested in Cold Fusion

Cold fusion is rising again, thanks to allegedly successful experiments and demonstrations. Now interest in the field, also known as low energy nuclear reactions (LENR), has reached the highest levels, as the House Committee on Armed Services has asked the Secretary of Defense to provide “a briefing on the military utility of recent U.S. industrial base LENR … Read morePopular Mechanics: US Government Interested in Cold Fusion