September 13, 2013 |
Sebastian Junger is an author, journalist and filmmaker whose recent work includes the best-selling book " War " and the Oscar-nominated documentary " Restrepo . " I have worked as a war reporter since 1993, when I sent myself to Bosnia with a backpack, a sleeping bag and a stack of notebooks. The first dead body I saw in a war zone was a teenage girl who was sprawled naked outside the Kosovar town of Suha Reka, having been gang-raped by Serbian paramilitaries toward the end of the war in 1999.
September 1, 2013
Regarding the Sept. 1 front-page article " Syria attack is put on hold ": President Obama's statement, about his decision to respond to Syria's chemical attack on its own people, left much to be desired. It followed his Bush-era protestation about taking such action and his recent insistence that he does not need the approval of Congress to act. Now he suggests that the response he has been espousing is no longer urgent. Waiting until Congress returns on Sept. 9 gives Syrian President Bashar al-Assad more time to...
August 30, 2013
Joseph E. Lazarsky, a retired operations officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, died July 30 at Jackson House assisted living of Boston, Va. He was 91. He died of heart disease, said a son, Joseph S. Lazarsky. Mr. Lazarsky was a CIA officer from 1952 until he retired in 1978, serving in various posts in Asia and at CIA headquarters at Langley. He was acting chief of station for part of his assignment in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972, a period of intense U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Joseph Edward Lazarsky was born...
August 23, 2013 |
In my mother's telling, I exist because of the March on Washington . Her account went something like this: In 1963, she was a student at Goddard College, an experimental school in Vermont that attracted the forerunners of the hippies. My father had come to Goddard the previous year, and though my mom first noticed him throwing peas in the dining hall (this seems to be an inherited trait), she didn't meet him, she said, until that day on the Mall 50 years ago this week, when Goddard students who had arrived separately executed a daft plan to meet...
August 15, 2013 |
Army Brig. Gen. Douglas Kinnard, who was decorated for combat service in Vietnam and later as a college professor conducted a high-profile survey showing that many of his fellow generals thought the war should not have been fought, died July 29 at a hospital in Chambersburg, Pa. He was 91. The cause was pneumonia, said his administrative assistant, Joanne Garland. Many historians have spoken critically of the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, which cost more than 58,000 American lives, but Gen....
August 3, 2013 |
Nearly three dozen rugged C-123 transport planes formed the backbone of the U.S. military's campaign to spray Agent Orange over jungles hiding enemy soldiers during the Vietnam War. And many of the troops who served in the conflict have been compensated for diseases associated with their exposure to the toxic defoliant . But after the war, some of the planes were used on cargo missions in the United States. Now a bitter fight has sprung up over whether those in the military who worked, ate and slept in the...