My Lai Massacre memorial in Vietnam. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Podcast — the importance of ethics on the battlefield by MATTHEW GAULT Growing up, I was always told the military’s job was to “kill people and break stuff.” It’s a maxim that gained popularity in the United States at the end of... Read more
An American Legend Becomes an Anti-Gun Fable in ‘House of Penance’
The woman hunches in the dark, pulling the bullets apart. “Brass and powder,” she says. “Powder and brass.” She pulls the brass from its casing, pours the powder into a bucket and the places the brass in a separate bucket. The house creaks and red tendrils of living blood... Read more
White House strategist Steve Bannon. Screen capture via YouTube Podcast — what the NSC does and why it’s important by MATTHEW GAULT U.S. President Donald Trump’s first month in office has ushered in a whirlwind of change. One bit of procedural change raised eyebrows among the national security crowd. At the end of... Read more
Terry Benedict Kept ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Honest
Hacksaw Ridge blasted into theaters and took audiences by surprise. The story of World War II Army medic Desmond Doss saving the lives of 75 men achieved something rare. It’s a hyper violent, heavily religious story that uses the gory effects of an exploitation film and the straight-forward lessons... Read more
A photo of the message on a computer monitor at Spangdahlem with an emoji someone added after the fact. Via Facebook. During the Cold War, troops might have panicked by MATTHEW GAULT On Feb. 14, 2017, a curious desktop notification blinked into the bottom right corners of computer screens across the... Read more
Iran’s F-14 Tomcats ready to fight. kosar3d capture Fancy drones and ballistic missiles decimate U.S. forces by MATTHEW GAULT American troops descend from a helicopter onto a green field peppered by palm-like tees. A fog hangs over the area and all the soldiers are faceless. Masks, mirrored goggles and technological doodads cover... Read more
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at left in Egypt in 2016. Pentagon photo Podcast — America loves a good foreign dictator by MATTHEW GAULT According to presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, the United States is a shining “city upon a hill.” It’s a beacon of democracy... Read more
A tent city outside Kabul. NATO photo The war is bad now — and it’s about to get a lot worse by MATTHEW GAULT U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson sat before members of congress last week and told them he needed more troops in Afghanistan. According to Nicholson, the country would fall to the... Read more
An exhumed mass grave in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Adam Jones photo via Wikimedia Commons Podcast — protecting refugee camps could require 30,000 troops by MATTHEW GAULT President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program. One week later, after several legal challenges... Read more
The Kremlin. Минеева Ю photo via Wikimedia Podcast — how it works and how the West can fight back by MATTHEW GAULT Moscow thinks it’s at war with the West and it doesn’t care if the West doesn’t realize it. In many ways, it’s in the Kremlin’s best interest if the United States... Read more

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