Troops Killed and Wounded but We Mustn’t Call it “Combat”

Oh, the illusions we must foster when a Nobel Peace Prize winner has to pretend to have withdrawn troops from Afghanistan. CNS News reports: A U.S. Special Operations service member was killed and two others were injured after coming under enemy fire in Afghanistan’s Helmand province Tuesday, but asked whether this meant U.S. troops were engaged in combat, a Pentagon spokesman said repeatedly that they were there in their mandated mission to “train, advise, assist” Afghan forces. Defense Read more […]

Suicidal Veterans: The Ongoing Legacy of the American Wars

If Veteran Affairs can’t help people with physical visible diseases, then I don’t know what help can be expected by suicidal veterans. But the number of those who have contemplated suicide is alarming. They need help. According to the Christian Science Monitor: Nearly half of all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan know at least one fellow US troop who has attempted suicide, and 40 percent know someone who has died by suicide, warns a survey released Thursday by the Iraq Read more […]