Awakening Warrior: An Interview With Author Timothy Challans

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket


The topic below was originally posted yesterday, in my blog, the Intrepid Liberal Journal as well as The Peace Tree, The Independent Bloggers Alliance and Worldwide Sawdust.


Remember the pride Americans felt in its military following the first Gulf War in 1991? Prior to that conflict we had the "Vietnam Syndrome" tainting our military with the stench of defeat and shameful atrocities such as the My Lai massacre. Supposedly, a reformed military culture debunked the legacy of Vietnam, liberated Kuwait with honor while safeguarding America's interests in Saudi Arabia.

There's more...

Committing Crimes against Humanity or Delivering Democracy?

 title=
The B-29 "Enola Gay" climbs away as the mushroom cloud of the first Atomic Bomb bellows above the doomed city of Hiroshima, August 6th, 1945.

 title=

 title=August 8, 1945, Russia finally joined the Allies and declared war on Japan. Despite that and the atomic bombing of Hiroshime, the Japanese still did not surrender. By 10:00 that same night, a second atomic bomb was placed in a B-29 Superfortress named Bock's Car which released its atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

 title=

There's more...

Residual Troops Around the World

A lot of discussion happens on MyDD about how fully to withdraw the troops from Iraq. Should we leave embassy troops is pretty much a consensus yes. When discussing if there be counterterrorism operations, humanitarian missions or soldiers training Iraqis, though, there is a lot of disagreement.

I thought it would be useful to gather the opinion on America's many other foreign bases as a way of narrowing in on why troops should or should not stay in Iraq at all.

We have 71,000 troops stationed in Germany, 47,000 in Japan, 37,500 in South Korea. The German divisions patrolled the Iraqi no-fly zone prior to 2003, take care of the seriously wounded from Iraq, fought in Bosnia and Kosovo and provide a huge amount of logistical support. The Asian troops largely practice for the possibility of a North Korean attack. There are also large bases in Britain, Italy, and Turkey. In total, the US military has at least 700 bases in 130 countries (this does not include embassies).

There's more...

North Koreas Economy and Nuclear Testing

This past Tuesday the North Korean government announced that it would proceed with the testing of a nuclear weapon sometime in the future. Since the release of that statement there has been a lot of speculation concerning whether North Korea really would carry out its plans for testing the device. In the last 24 hours there have several news reports that the test would take place sometime this weekend. Here's the question: What would be the consequences for the North if they followed through and carried out the test in economic terms?

There's more...

Coaltion of the Willing: Losing it's Will.

As Japan prepares to pull its troops out of Iraq, we again re-vist the Bush-ism "Coalition of the Willing". But Japan has become the 18th nation to leave Iraq before the end of the war (whenever that is coming). The number of willing who are still actually willing is dwindling quickly as we continue to see massive violence in Iraq.

With the departure of Japan, 18 members of the coalition have left Iraq. Japan called their stay a success, but it could hardly be more then a P.R stunt, considering the fact that the civil war has escalated the violence to all time highs. With the death of the 2500 U.S soldier, other countries may not be "willing" to see their young men and women be in harms way to much longer.

There's more...

Diaries

Advertise Blogads