April 2, 2013 |
He followed his father, a veteran of Vietnam, into the Army, and spent a year fighting in Iraq. Arlester Jay returned home addicted to drugs and alcohol, his father said, and he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He was homeless for a time, unable to hold even a menial job. D.C. police pulled Jay's body from the Anacostia River on Monday after a rower spotted it floating near the Langston Golf Course in Northeast. The discovery ended a nearly four-week search after Jay's family reported him missing in early...
March 31, 2013 |
The 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq has prompted plenty of analysis of the mistakes made there, along with a few tendentious claims that "the same people" who supported war in Iraq are now pressing for U.S. intervention in Syria. I'm one of those people. So, to paraphrase the polemicists : Did I learn nothing from the last decade? Do I want to repeat the Iraq "fiasco"? Let's start with the second question. Iraq was unquestionably costly and painful to the United States — in dollars, in political comity...
March 28, 2013 |
The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard researcher. Washington increased military benefits in late 2001 as the nation went to war, seeking to quickly bolster its talent pool and expand its ranks. Those decisions and the protracted nation-building efforts launched in...
March 27, 2013
Paul Farhi [" Did the media blow it on Iraq? ," Outlook, March 24] let the press — and his own paper — off too easily about the invasion of Iraq. For one thing, while he cited news stories, Mr. Farhi ignorededitorial pages — notably that of The Post, which supported the invasion. And he blinked at what many people then recognized: Even if Saddam Hussein did have weapons of mass destruction, it was doubtful that he posed a threat outside his own country. Having bloodied his nose with his invasion of Kuwait,...
March 21, 2013 |
Will Cole served with the Marines from 2001 to 2007. He is a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, where he co-founded the student veterans association. Ten years ago this week , the Iraq war started . I remember picking up our light-armored vehicles from Port Doha in Kuwait as the war kicked off. Our company of Marines unloaded the "pigs" — as we called them — and packed them up as fast as possible so we could catch up to our command unit, the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion.
March 20, 2013 |
"Fundamentally, we have no idea what is needed unless and until we get there on the ground. " That was then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz three weeks before the Iraq war began a decade ago. He was digressing from his script on what he thought would be positive results from a military action while appearing before the House Budget Committee on Feb. 27, 2003. Do nations learn from mistakes? Today the United States is in deep debt, in part from the Iraq war, the continued fighting in Afghanistan and the...