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Give thanks this day for our freedom

May 26, 2014
The following is a letter from a Marine serving in Afghanistan to his friend stateside. It is written exactly as he himself wrote and punctuated it. I first published this letter in a November 26, 2009 column. ...
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It's Springtime And The Taliban Are Blooming

May 13, 2014
It's springtime in the country of Afghanistan and the Taliban are starting an offensive that has already killed 21 people. This time around though the security forces of Afghanistan are pretty much on their own. Most of the...
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Resources stretched too thin to protect Afghanistan

May 9, 2014
Look at what is happening in Nigeria to see the consequences when national defense resources of a government are too thin to defend remote communities. Look back at Afghanistan when Americans and free world allies neglected the place and permitted...
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Duty: Memoir of a secretary at war

April 29, 2014
Serving as secretary of defense during peacetime is no easy task—doing so while overseeing two wars at the same time takes a herculean effort. That is what Robert Gates accomplished during his six years in that role...
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