Articles

The Great Wall of Qatar

The U.S. military has been routinely flying warplanes out of Qatar’s al Udied air base, just west of the Gulf state’s capital of Qatar, since 1991’s Persian Gulf...

Stormin’ Norman, 1934-2012

For those who came of age during World War II, or post-9/11, the death Thursday of retired Army general H. Norman Schwarzkopf may not be of great moment. But for...

School Daze

A couple of months ago Battleland noted something called the Joint Special Operations University at MacDill Air Force Base...

The Securitization of Instability

Having escaped Iraq after eight years, now mired in the nation’s 12th year in Afghanistan, Americans are probably ready for a book looking at the kind of...

Obama’s Expanding Clandestine War

On the eve of the 1991 Gulf War – as hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops streamed toward Iraq-occupied Kuwait – a U.S. Army officer remarked how much easier all...

Depleted Uranium: Getting a 2nd Opinion

Remember the controversy over the Pentagon’s armor-killing depleted-uranium rounds that were widely used for the first time in 1991’s Gulf War? Many troops...

Watch: Disabled Veteran Does the Impossible

The last month has been one of inspiration. First, a first-grader without hands wins a penmanship contest, next a paralyzed woman pulls off a marathon with the...

Highway (of Death) Robbery

You may recall the infamous “Highway of Death,” that stretch of six-lane Highway 80 from Kuwait City into Iraq and on toward Basra. The U.S. military rained...

"You Ain't Seen Nothin' Vet"

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a study Friday into how to care for veterans...of 1991's Gulf War, notorious for a spate of ailments lumped together...

Author Chat: War in Pre-Revolutionary America

Eliot Cohen is one of those Washington, D.C., polymaths who, when he's not professing at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, is putting...

Iraq: Like a Serpent's Tooth

We noted on Monday that there seem to be no plans for the Iraqi government to award U.S. troops a medal for ridding its nation of Saddam Hussein (Kuwait and...

One in Three

Thirty-four percent, to be precise. That’s how many veterans believe the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were worth fighting, according to a new and dispiriting –...