Greening America’s Energy Workforce

Greening America’s Energy Workforce

Oil permeates the whole economy. Even if you telework in a solar-powered home and tote your groceries home by bicycle, the price of petroleum affects what you spend on goods and services. This impact, of course, is uneven. The collapse from $105 per barrellast summer...
These Boots Were Made for Waiting

These Boots Were Made for Waiting

Heads are finally rolling because of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assorted waitlist scandals. Some 1,000 or more workers may lose their jobs over chronic bottlenecks and fake waitlists, VA chief Robert McDonald disclosed shortly before Veterans Day. Then,...
Syrian Dead End

Syrian Dead End

We’re at it again. After months of commendable restraint, President Barack Obama has decided to send weapons to the besieged Syrian rebels. This is either a bid to overthrow a friend of Iran or a ploy to capture Syria’s oil. Or both. Sound familiar? It...
Our Endless State of War

Our Endless State of War

When will wartime Ever end? Always seems Around the bend. Combat’s different today than when your grandfather earned his medals. Armies no longer advance and retreat along battle lines. Tanks no longer maneuver. Fleets don’t engage. We’re past all...
Agent Orange on Okinawa: The Smoking Gun

Agent Orange on Okinawa: The Smoking Gun

Since 1945, the small Japanese island of Okinawa has been unwilling host to a massive U.S. military presence and a storehouse for a witches’ brew of dangerous munitions and chemicals, including nerve gas, mustard gas, and nuclear missiles. However, there is one...
Our Troops as Cannon Fodder

Our Troops as Cannon Fodder

Honor soldiers For their fight; Ugly truths Keep out of sight. Officials and partisans who promoted the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan early on favored “Support Our Troops!” as a rallying cry. The Pentagon propaganda machine even produced cute yellow magnets...
Veterans, the Human Rubble of Our Wars

Veterans, the Human Rubble of Our Wars

Back those troops Where e’er they roam; But let them suffer When they’re home. With great fanfare, President Barack Obama recently presented a Congressional Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, a living hero. Presidents don’t often get to do that....

Troubled Soldiers and Harmful Projects: Ten Years in Afghanistan

At FPIF, Shukria Dellawar and Antonia Juhasz describe the quiet privatization of massive amounts of resources in Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s known hydrocarbons are primarily located in the North. Its approximately 1.6 billion barrels of crude oil and 15.7 billion...
Agent Orange in Korea

Agent Orange in Korea

In May, three former U.S. soldiers admitted to dumping hundreds of barrels of chemical substances, including Agent Orange, at Camp Carroll in South Korea in 1978. This explosive news was a harsh reminder to South Koreans of the high costs and lethal trail left behind...

World War II’s Invisible Wounds

World War II: the good and righteous war. We still celebrate in the 21st century the heroic success of the 16.2 million who fought in the last uncomplicated conflict. My dad, Arthur “Dutch” Schultz, a paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne Division, was...

War Is Hell, Even if You Survive

Combat’s dreadful In Iraq; Not much better When you’re back. Forget for a moment the death, devastation, deprivation, disease, displacement, and despair visited upon civilians in war zones. Let’s briefly contemplate the fate of soldiers. Ours,...
Civil War and the Safety Net

Civil War and the Safety Net

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, get ready for grand pontificating on its meaning for whites, African-Americans, the nation, and the world. Here’s what it meant for my family. My great-grandfather Albert Cordner was a private in the...

The Glory of War

Our society, like most others, glorifies war. “For God and Country!” is the cry. “Be all you can be,” is the manly challenge. “Bring ’em on,” was George W. Bush’s machismo war whoop, which drew cheers from...