September 11, 2010
The American Anton Corbijn's riveting, arty adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman stars George Clooney as a sharpshooting utility player in the hit-man game. R Going the Distance Winsome Drew Barrymore and winning Justin Long in a raunchily funny story about a couple divided by 3,000 miles and as many other obstacles. R The Tillman Story Pat Tillman gave up a $3.6 million contract with the NFL to enlist in the Army Rangers after 9/11 and died in Afghanistan, reportedly ambushed by the Taliban but actually killed by friendly fire.
June 18, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces. Details of the plans were obtained by the Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando, and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
June 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Declaring "the days of Rambo are over," a top general said Tuesday that cultural, social and behavioral concerns may be bigger hurdles than tough physical fitness requirements for women looking to join the military's special operations units. Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, director of force management for U.S. Special Operations Command, said that having seen women working alongside commando teams in Afghanistan, he is less concerned about their physical strength than the social issues that could arise.
September 3, 2010 |
Pat Tillman Jr., the charismatic defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, startled his franchise and his family when in 2002 he announced that he was turning down a $3.6 million NFL contract in order to join the Army Rangers for service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He and his brother Kevin were in the same platoon. In April 2004 news broke that Cpl. Tillman had died in an ambush by 20 Taliban fighters. Early reports were that he had risked his life so others could live. Posthumously, he was awarded the Silver Star.
October 22, 1993 |
U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali flew to Baidoa, Somalia, today but U.N. military officials urged him not to stop in the troubled capital Mogadishu, military sources said. They said there was high risk that a visit by Boutros-Ghali would spark violence in the Somali capital but said they did not know whether he would take the military's advice. The U.N. chief's last visit to Mogadishu, in January, collapsed when stone- throwing crowds mobbed him and called for him to go home.
June 30, 2006 |
Amid growing concern about political instability in Somalia, Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R., N.J.) yesterday blamed failed American policy there for the rise of Islamic forces with suspected ties to al-Qaeda. Smith said policy failures spanned both the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President Bush and largely resulted from the loss of 18 Army Rangers in a street battle with Somali warlords in Mogadishu in 1993. U.S. forces, which had been on a peace-keeping mission there, withdrew several months after the battle.
March 7, 2003
THE SO-CALLED hostile behavior of France, Russia, China, Germany, Turkey and the rest of the world to President Bush's effort to overthrow Saddam Hussein has a lesson in it. The French did not support this nation in Vietnam and told us that we couldn't win. Washington didn't listen to them - and we lost 50,000 killed and 300,000 wounded and billions of dollars for nothing. Only a fool would make the same mistake again after seeing Iran lose 250,000 killed and 1.3 million wounded fighting Iraq.
May 25, 2002 |
There won't be any fancy logos on Pat Tillman's new helmet. The Arizona Cardinals safety made a stunning revelation Thursday - he is putting his four-year NFL career on hold to join the Army, a move spurred by the military's age limit on candidates for the elite Rangers program. The 25-year-old defensive back has an unlisted number, and could not be reached for comment yesterday. But he broke the news to the Cardinals the day before and convinced them he was serious. "It's very personal, and I honor that," coach Dave McGinnis said.
September 8, 2002 |
He was one of the Army Rangers plunged into the "Black Hawk Down" bloodbath. He saw friends and fellow soldiers killed and wounded in the Oct. 3, 1993, battle in which U.S. troops were attacked by gunmen in Somalia. If the radio on his back hadn't stopped a bullet, Jason Moore might have been one of the corpses TV news showed being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. When he got out of the service and returned to Hamilton, N.J., in 1996, he figured he had had his brush with death and was home free.
July 28, 2003 |
My son, Kristofor Stonesifer, was one of the first two soldiers to die in the war on terror. My soldier son did not die for weapons of mass destruction. The debate over why we fought a war in Iraq rages in the media with one expert after another shouting to be heard. This endless second-guessing about these well-concealed weapons has me frantically flipping channels to get away from it all. The war on terror, which took my son's life, was, until recently, justified in most Americans' minds.