Nazis Go to Hollywood
Nazis are bad dudes. Seriously, those guys are like the worst. And for years they’ve been the go-to bad guys for Hollywood. From Casablanca to Indiana Jones and well into the present, Nazis have been dependable antagonists. What would Hollywood do without these guys? Actually, there was a time... Read more
An Afghan District’s Decades of War
In 2009, U.S. Pres. Barack Obama sent thousands of additional troops and civilians to Afghanistan as part of the so-called “Afghan surge.” The then eight-year-old war had taken a losing turn for America; the administration hoped that the surge would replicate the apparently positive results of the similar surge... Read more
Memories of the War to End All Wars
American Soldiers in World War i. US Army Photo Memories of the War to End All Wars A review of ‘The Last of the Doughboys’ When Frank Buckles, the last known American combatant of World War I, died in 2011, it marked the end of an era. The Great... Read more
‘Rubicon’ Could Have Been The Best War Comic of The Year
Mario Stilla art ‘Rubicon’ Could Have Been The Best War Comic of The Year Seven Samurai applied to the Afghanistan war is pretty good, except when it’s taken too literally Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is widely regarded as one of the best war films ever made, if not the... Read more
Vikings Versus Taliban
In 2006, while much of the world press was preoccupied by the unraveling sectarian violence in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan was heating up — particularly in the predominantly Pashtun south of the country. One of the fiercest battles during this time was for the town of Musa Qala... Read more
A Vietnamese Perspective on the Wars
South Vietnamese troops in combat against vietcong guerillas. Wikimedia commons A Vietnamese Perspective on the Wars A review of ‘Nationalist in the Viet Nam Wars: Memoirs of a Victim Turned Soldier’ Accounts of the Vietnam War from the perspective of Vietnamese are often overlooked, and books by South Vietnamese... Read more
No, Not All Americans in Vietnam Were War Criminals
a U.S. soldier looks off into the distance in vietnam. wikimedia commons No, Not All Americans in Vietnam Were War Criminals The war was more complicated than that I recently flipped through Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by journalist Nick Turse. This isn’t a... Read more
What Separates a Hero From a Coward?
Wehrmacht soldiers. via Us national archives What Separates a Hero From a Coward? A Review of The Last Battle What separates a hero from a coward? A patriot from a traitor? These questions are more important than ever in light of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelation of the National Security... Read more
REVIEW: The Rice Paddy Navy
Milton Miles and Dai Li. Via Osprey Publishing REVIEW: The Rice Paddy Navy Osprey Publishing; November 2012; 316 pp. Before Navy SEALs stormed mansions in Pakistan, the notion of sailors waging war on land sounded ludicrous to many. So when Gen. George C. Marshall learned that Navy captain Milton... Read more

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