Military Affairs

Well Done, Veterans

By Mac Owens | November 12, 2007 |

I apologize for a paucity of posts lately. Of course, some people might think that fewer things by me is not such a bad thing. In any event, my light posting has to do with the old adage about alligators and draining the swamp. Today is, of course, Veterans Day. I have a piece on…

Guess Who’s One of Only Six States To Fully Tax Military Pensions

By Carroll Andrew Morse | November 8, 2007 |

In discussing an Ohio proposal to exempt military pensions from the state income tax, the Toledo Blade names Rhode Island as one of only five states imposing an income tax on military pensions…With one of its members now on military duty and another about to return to Iraq, [the Ohio House] suddenly fast-tracked a proposal…

U.S. Marines Didn’t Commit War Crimes in Haditha, U.S. Press Disappointed

By Marc Comtois | August 30, 2007 |

I heard a story on NPR this morning about the trial of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich–a leader of the Marine squad accused of killing 24 civilians in Haditha a year and a half ago. (NPR also included multiple excerpts from an interview that Wuterich gave to CBS’ Scott Pelly—here‘s the text version of the NPR…

More on the president’s VFW speech

By Mac Owens | August 25, 2007 |

“Sophisticated” writers and policiticans continue to criticize the president’s invocation of Vietnam during a speech last week before the VFW. As everyone knows, he argued that a premature withdrawal from Iraq would lead to the same sort of bloodbath as ocurred in Vietnam after the US Congress perpetrated the most shameful act in American history–literally…

The President, Iraq and Vietnam

By Mac Owens | August 23, 2007 |

The president has taken a lot of heat for his reference to Vietnam in yesterday’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. it appears to be the case that he is the only person in the United States who is not permitted to refer to Vietnam when speaking about Iraq. My take on the reaction…

Langevin Stuck in November ’06

By Marc Comtois | April 5, 2007 |

I had a chance to hear a portion of Dan Yorke’s interview with Congressman Jim Langevin yesterday afternoon. When asked about Iraq, Rep. Langevin continued to trumpet the line that things are getting worse in Iraq and that the “surge” won’t work. They’ve already made up their minds and this unwillingness to reassess the situation…

Copperheads, Then and Now

By Mac Owens | March 25, 2007 |

While recovering from surgery recently, I had the good fortune to read a fine new book about political dissent in the North during the Civil War. The book, Copperheads: The Rise an Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North, by journalist-turned-academic-historian Jennifer Weber, shines the spotlight on the “Peace Democrats,” who did everything they could…

Time to End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

By Marc Comtois | March 13, 2007 |

I have to confess that I haven’t really put a lot of thought into “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” over the last few years. Now, comes this story about General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday that he supports the Pentagon’s…