Downplaying the Mess of War

Honor those Who lives did give; But now who pays For those that live? The best part of America’s wars is that, except for limited attacks during WWII, all our conflicts have been fought on somebody else’s soil since the battle of Appomattox. This...
Lethal Force on the Border

Lethal Force on the Border

Sergio Hernandez Guereca’s short life revolved around the U.S.-Mexico border that ultimately led to his death. On June 7, at approximately 6:30 p.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot the 15-year-old Hernandez in the face in Mexican territory between Ciudad...
Veterans and Poetry

Veterans and Poetry

Dayl S. Wise was drafted into the US Army in 1969 and served in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1970 with the First Air Cavalry Division. After six months in country, he was wounded while on a reconnaissance team. Upon his discharge he studied engineering and worked as a...

Poem: ‘Walking my Dog While at War’

For Molly Saw you at the poundthat first time,ears down,picked on by others,bite-marked belly.Knew you were the one. A hunter,killed a ratthat first winterin the Bronx.A chicken three years laterin Ulster County.Alison leftforty dollars intheir mailbox. Late at...

Art Event: ‘It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq’

The Institute for Policy Studies, in collaboration with Provisions Library and Street Scenes: Projects for DC, is presenting British artist Jeremy Deller’s “It Is What It Is; Conversations About Iraq,” at the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March...

Veterans for Peace Poetry Reading

Through poetry, prose, and song, Post Traumatic Press 2007 tells the stories of veterans with direct experience of the military. For some, the intense experience of war can only be expressed in writing, while others are driven by the need to say something openly...
Busboys Book Event: Aaron Glantz’s ‘The War Comes Home’

Busboys Book Event: Aaron Glantz’s ‘The War Comes Home’

About the BookThe War Comes Home: Washington’s Battle against America’s Veterans is the first book to systematically document the U.S. government’s neglect of soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Aaron Glantz, who reported extensively from...
FPIF Summer Film Series: Body of War

FPIF Summer Film Series: Body of War

The Foreign Policy In Focus Annual Summer Film Series presents the fourth film in the series. Body of War won Best Documentary from both the Hampton International Film Festival and the National Board of Review. Please join us and our guest speaker Geoff Millard, from...

A Moral Burden on U.S. Soldiers

A fighter pilot would never cut the throat of an innocent woman or child. However, the same pilot drops bombs into enemy territory to kill enemy personnel, knowing he may also kill innocent civilians. The luxury of a large distance between the bullet or a bomb used to...
The Truth About Veteran Suicides

The Truth About Veteran Suicides

Eighteen American war veterans kill themselves every day. One thousand former soldiers receiving care from the Department of Veterans Affairs attempt suicide every month. More veterans are committing suicide than are dying in combat overseas. These are statistics that...

Winter Soldier Hearings

Get ready for the horrible, honest reality of the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan like you haven’t heard it before. For four days, from March 13 through March 16, hundreds of U.S. veterans of the two wars will descend on Washington and testify in...

In vigil (2)

If the whole body is a heart, then the woman who steps out of the car with Texas plates to yell at the silent peace vigil is a heart overlaid with hate I have two children in the war and let me tell you: They are the heroes, you don’t deserve to walk this earth...

Paying for the Wars’ Wounded

The Bureau of the Census has issued a lengthy summary of “facts” about the nation’s 23.7 million veterans in time for Veteran’s Day. Considering that there are two significant ongoing armed conflicts involving U.S. forces, I expected that there...

An Open Letter to My Fellow Veterans

As we enter our fifth year of occupation, and as Iraq continues to degenerate into sectarian violence and civil war, I think it important that we talk, vet to vet. Real talk, talk from the heart, as we did back in Iraq, in the Nam, in Korea, on the battlefields of...

You Want A New Direction? Here’s One

The American people tried to wake President George W. Bush out of his fantasies with last November’s elections. The Democratic victory signaled our distress over Iraq, which has killed thousands of us and left tens of thousands wounded. The toll is even higher...