Take-backs

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Collins Dictionary   phrasal verb: If you take something back, you return it to the place where you bought it or where you borrowed it from, because it is unsuitable or broken, or because you have finished with it. If I buy something and he doesn’t like it, I’ll take it back.   The US 2003 invasion of […]

Too Easy to go to War

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That’s where we are now: the American people have sub-contracted our military conflicts out to Congress and the Pentagon. At any given time, only 1% of the population serves in the military. It’s an all-volunteer force: there is no draft, and there is no such thing as National Service. There is support for those who […]

Come on in!

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I’ve started referring to my parents’ home as The Puzzle Palace: I just never, NEVER know what to expect to see when I visit.   One night in the middle of Winter, I paid them a visit. My mother was doing the dishes and shaking her head sideways. “Your father”, she muttered.   “Oh, no!” […]

True Cost of War

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Memorial Day 2018 has come and gone. For most Americans, that long weekend marks the unofficial start of Summer, filled with fireworks, barbecues, and family outings. For a much smaller slice of America, Memorial Day has a completely different meaning: it is the day when we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, whether […]

What I Miss About Iraq

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Now there’s something you don’t read every day. Missing war?   The deaths?   Friends getting wounded?   The threat of attacks?   Separation from family?   Really?   That sentiment is more common than you think. From talking with dozens of my fellow veterans, I can tell you that the majority of us-in some […]