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You know what "Star Wars" is about? I mean, really about? Vietnam. It's a critical allegory of the war: The Rebels are the scrappy Viet Cong, hastily assembled, devoted and relentless; the Empire is the American military, tripped up by an enemy using...
Forty-five years ago, Bobby Kennedy came to South Bend for the wildest of all Dyngus Days. Kennedy would have been president if he had lived long enough. I was far from sure on that Dyngus Day, as Kennedy campaigned here in a "must win" 1968 Democratic...
"The Sapphires," which opens Friday, is the crowd-pleasing, based-on-actual-people story of four young Aboriginal women who team up with a male Irish manager and perform for American troops in Vietnam, so it's covering its bases internationally. The...
Tags: Kristen Wiig, Tammy Wynette, Australia, Snoop Dogg, Argo (movie)
Those of us of a certain age remember the Vietnam War. Many served in Vietnam or had brothers or sons who did. Others, like me, came home from school and watched it on television every day on the news. Vietnam was the first war to come into the American...
The Hartford CourantWhen his son turned 14 a year ago, Jonathan Hardy bought the teen a gift that was both a coming-of-age badge and a hot item: an AR-15 rifle. To Hardy, the matte-black weapon is not a dangerous assault rifle. His son's model shoots the same small, low-...
Jules WitcoverWASHINGTON -- The 10th anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq seems an appropriate time to look back at how it all happened and what it has wrought, not so much for Iraq as for the United States, which poured its own troops, treasure and world...
Our government historically has armed soldiers with the technology necessary to succeed on the battlefield, enabling them to topple targets like Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. Washington finally is recognizing the importance of technology on the home...
American VoicesMany of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. Some of you are choosing careers in public service or joining nonprofits or volunteering in your communities. But many of you are cynical about politics. You see...
Ten years have passed since the United States invaded Iraq, a decision that almost everyone now ranks as one of the worst foreign policy blunders of our time. Why "almost"? Former President George W. Bush and his top aides still maintain that the invasion...
When Matthew Ford returned from vacation in late February, one of the first things he did was call the U.S. Board of Veterans' Appeals to check the status of his disability benefits appeal. He really wasn't expecting an answer, so he wasn't shocked when...
Tags: Symptoms, Health, Military Justice, Allentown, Veterans Affairs
Ten years ago this week, Americans were about to be introduced to a strange new concept, as they awaited the U.S. war to bring regime change in Iraq. Coined by American military officers, it encapsulated a situation in which everything went right until...
Next week marks a much-overlooked anniversary: It will be 50 years since Lee Harvey Oswald, under the name A. Hidell, purchased the Italian surplus Carcano M91/38 rifle with which he would eight months later assassinate President John F. Kennedy. Don'...
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