Flyover Countries: A Report From French Africa

Paris, Paris-Abidjan, Abidjan, you fly over, I write to Wlady, you end up in a different world and yet one that is so close. I am with Captain Kirk without his altitude — I hope to experience it some day — in the sentiment of the precious, fragile oneness of our planet, of which remember we are only the custodians, but in actual real truth that is not what I mean here. I go from one colonial capital to another and every time I feel the same marvel at the rise and decline — if such it is — of the French empire.

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Trump Politicizes Soldier Deaths. Gold Star Families Call It ‘Disgusting.’

“Gross.” “Disgusting.” “Without honor.”
These are the descriptions families of fallen soldiers are employing to describe how former President Donald Trump is using the recent deaths at Kabul’s airport as a prop in his political and fundraising machine.
On two separate occasions last week, Trump and his office blasted out written statements highlighting the anger and grief of two mothers who lost their sons in the Aug. 26 suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, promoting their deaths as an opportunity to take a swing at President Joe Biden.

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Trump Politicizes Soldier Deaths. Gold Star Families Call It ‘Disgusting.’

“Gross.” “Disgusting.” “Without honor.”
These are the descriptions families of fallen soldiers are employing to describe how former President Donald Trump is using the recent deaths at Kabul’s airport as a prop in his political and fundraising machine.
On two separate occasions last week, Trump and his office blasted out written statements highlighting the anger and grief of two mothers who lost their sons in the Aug. 26 suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, promoting their deaths as an opportunity to take a swing at President Joe Biden.

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Trump Politicizes Soldier Deaths. Gold Star Families Call It ‘Disgusting.’

“Gross.” “Disgusting.” “Without honor.”
These are the descriptions families of fallen soldiers are employing to describe how former President Donald Trump is using the recent deaths at Kabul’s airport as a prop in his political and fundraising machine.
On two separate occasions last week, Trump and his office blasted out written statements highlighting the anger and grief of two mothers who lost their sons in the Aug. 26 suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, promoting their deaths as an opportunity to take a swing at President Joe Biden.

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Trump Politicizes Soldier Deaths. Gold Star Families Call It ‘Disgusting.’

“Gross.” “Disgusting.” “Without honor.”
These are the descriptions families of fallen soldiers are employing to describe how former President Donald Trump is using the recent deaths at Kabul’s airport as a prop in his political and fundraising machine.
On two separate occasions last week, Trump and his office blasted out written statements highlighting the anger and grief of two mothers who lost their sons in the Aug. 26 suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan, promoting their deaths as an opportunity to take a swing at President Joe Biden.

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Since 9/11, Success and Failure for the U.S. in National Security

Anti-Taliban Afghan fighters watch explosions from U.S. bombings in the Tora Bora Mountains in Afghanistan, December 2001. (Erik de Castro/Reuters)
There hasn’t been anything like another 9/11. But the record of our national efforts overseas is mixed, and their effects on life at home are real.
September 11, 2001, will forever be etched into the minds of the American public. The worst terrorist attack in U.S. history turned what was a blue, clear, sunny morning into a sea of ash, debris, death, and fear. Like many Americans, I can still remember where I was that day.

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20 years, $6 trillion, 900,000 lives

On the evening of September 11, 2001, hours after two hijacked airliners had destroyed the World Trade Center towers and a third had hit the Pentagon building, President George W. Bush announced that the country was embarking on a new kind of war.
“America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism,” Bush announced in a televised address to the nation.
It was Bush’s first use of the term that would come to define his presidency and deeply shape those of his three successors.

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Why are Americans paying $32m every hour for wars since 9/11? | Barbara Lee

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Why are Americans paying $32m every hour for wars since 9/11?

Barbara Lee

I was the sole member of Congress to vote against the war in Afghanistan. Congress has yet to stand up against endless militarism

‘The human cost has been high: an untold number of civilian casualties overseas, two generations of American soldiers sent to fight without any clear objective, and thousands of our troops and other personnel killed, wounded, and traumatized in action.

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We Don’t Want Revenge, We Want Truth

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Posted: Sep 02, 2021 10:48 AM

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On October 4th, 2017, I woke up happily married to Green Beret medical sergeant Bryan Black. That night I went to bed his widow. My husband’s team was ambushed by ISIS in Niger, Africa leaving four Americans dead. Following the ambush many people spoke to me about revenge and killing ISIS, but I wasn’t interested in punishing anyone.

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