September 10, 2012 |
Grading President Obama's foreign-policy record is not as easy as the Democrats - or the Republicans - want you to believe. Republicans rail that Obama has abandoned our role as leader of "the free world. " The Dems believe they have an edge over Republicans on national security, and recent polls say the public backs them. That's why, unlike Mitt Romney, Obama stressed foreign policy in his convention speech. Obama's message: The Iraq war is over, the Afghan war is ending, al-Qaeda is on the run, and we can turn to nation-building at home.
September 1, 2012 |
FORT BLISS, Texas - Two years after announcing the end of the war in Iraq, President Obama vowed Friday to help soldiers, veterans, and their families overcome economic and health-care struggles as they return to the nation they have served. Surrounded by a sea of men and women in fatigues, Obama saluted their service but cautioned that a "tough fight" remains in Afghanistan even as the United States works to transfer security control to Afghan forces. He said the troops' return home now presents different challenges.
August 28, 2012
By James Carroll President Obama last week addressed the growing problem of "green on blue" attacks in Afghanistan, in which members of Afghan security forces turn their guns on their Western partners. "We are concerned about this, from top to bottom," the president said. In the two weeks before he spoke, there were seven such attacks, killing nine Americans, and about 40 coalition troops have been killed by Afghan allies this year. The president went on to say, "We've got what's called the 'Guardian Angels' program," stationing armed NATO soldiers to monitor Afghans and protect Westerners.
July 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - In the first tally of its kind, a federal investigative agency has calculated that at least 719 people, nearly half of them Americans, were killed working on projects to rebuild Iraq following the U.S. invasion in 2003. The toll represents an aspect of the Iraq war that is rarely brought to public attention, overshadowed by the much higher number killed in combat as well as the billions of taxpayer dollars squandered on reconstruction. There is no confirmed total number of Iraq war deaths.
June 8, 2012 |
AS WE THINK about ways to reintegrate vets into society, "Battleship" presents an attractive option: Give them starring roles in summer blockbusters, next to supermodel Brooklyn Decker — precisely where Iraq War vet Gregory Gadson found himself last year, on leave from the Wounded Warrior program he headed by virtue of his leadership skills and status as a double amputee (in 2007, he survived an IED). "It's been a real treat," said Gadson, trying to describe his sudden liftoff into the orbit of Hollywood stardom.
May 25, 2012 |
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - President Obama sent 1,000 Air Force Academy cadets into active duty Wednesday by laying out his vision for a postwar America in which the United States leads beyond the battlefield and defiantly challenging his critics' notion of waning American influence. In a commencement address, Obama hailed a milestone moment as the country winds down its military involvement in the two wars that have defined the generation that has come of age after Sept. 11, 2001.
March 6, 2012 |
BAGHDAD - Assailants waving the al-Qaeda battle flag gunned down 25 policemen Monday in a brazen and well-orchestrated challenge to government control over a strategic town fraught with Iraq war symbolism. The attack replicated tactics used by Sunni insurgents during the war and appeared aimed at reasserting al-Qaeda's grip now that Iraqis can no longer rely on U.S. help. The attackers drove through Haditha claiming to be government officials and methodically executed guards and commanders.
February 27, 2012 |
BEIRUT - The U.S. military has recovered the remains of the last U.S. service member missing in Iraq, ending a nearly six-year ordeal involving shadowy militants and a tragic love story, his family said Sunday. About 1 a.m. Sunday, a U.S. officer knocked on the door of the family home in Ann Arbor, Mich., with news that Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Al-Taie was confirmed dead. The officer had no details yet on how or when he died, said Entifadh Qanbar, Al-Taie's uncle and an aide to Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi.
February 22, 2012 |
THE "Walter Cronkite of Iraq" lives in Northeast Philly in a second-floor apartment next to a gas station on Bustleton Avenue. Bahjat Abdulwahed, now 72 and an Iraqi refugee, was a dashing young man in his 20s when he worked as the chief TV news announcer for the government-run station in Baghdad in the 1960s. He then jumped to the radio side of the government-owned media complex, lending his perfect Arabic diction to broadcasting the major news events for two decades, including the daily anxieties of the Iraq-Iran war from 1980 to 1988.
February 14, 2012
IT'S BAD enough that the St. Louis Cardinals got hot at the end of the year, barely made it into the playoffs and then beat the Phillies in five games. Their hot streak pushed them right into the World Series and a victory parade to celebrate their championship. St. Louis, recently, beat us a second time. This one refers to their throwing a second parade to celebrate and welcome home our military heroes as they returned from Iraq. What's wrong with Philadelphia and the rest of the cities?