Category Archives: U.S. Military

Flashback: my first Miami Herald column in April 2003 — in opposition to the Iraq war

My first column for the Miami Herald (then as a guest columnist) was published on April 3, 2003. The subject: the invasion of Iraq. I was working at an NBC affiliate at the time, and needless to say, my boss … Continue reading

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(Video) Veteran’s Day playlist: Dire Straits, ‘Brothers in Arms’ (with bonus track)

This is a very old song, which I first heard way back in the day at the close of an episode of “Miami Vice” — must have been in junior high school. If you’re not old enough to remember “Miami … Continue reading

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Sorry, Marco: Gaddafi drone-bombed from Las Vegas, not Paris

Marco Rubio and his fellow Republicans are loathe to give the Obama administration any credit for their third major ‘retiring’ of a major league terror threat. (Anwar al-Awlaki and Osama bin Laden having been thing one and thing two.) But … Continue reading

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The meaning of Memorial Day

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Medal of Honor awardee a self-deprecating hero

For Memorial Day, “60 Minutes” profiles Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor winner since Vietnam, who downplays his heroism, but certainly cannot deny it. Watch: Meanwhile, an update on Giunta can be found here.

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White House threatens veto over Gitmo, endless ‘war on terror’ provisions in defense bill

If a House bill extending the “global war on terror” beyond the post-9/11 mandate, and placing new restrictions on trying detainees and implementing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” manages to get through the Senate, the president will likely … Continue reading

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**UPDATE: Qaida: yes, bin Laden’s dead. U.S. group may sue to get death pic; POTUS to meet SEALs, film in the works

UPDATE: A communique from al-Qaida makes it clear that whoever might not believe that Osama bin Laden is dead, the organization he headed believes it, and they’re not amused.

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Bin Laden is dead. That’s supposed to be a good thing … right? **UPDATED**

Osama bin Laden is dead. But the second guessing, accusations and conspiracy-theorizing among the liberal-libertarian and Fox News crowds — who now appear to be coming into perfect harmonic convergence when it comes to President Barack Obama — is just … Continue reading

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Go figure: Navy SEALs earn about as much as teachers

I think the formula is: the nobler the job, the more modest the pay…

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(Video) Inside Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound

ABC News has the first video from inside the compound where U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden:

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