Tag Archives: Afghan

Whistle-blowers are not all created equal

By Peter Sessum With Bradley Manning’s trial being over and Edward Snowden still in the wind, whistle-blowers have been in the media a lot lately. There is this cultural perception that the government is always up to something sinister and … Continue reading

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The Infamous Dump Truck Mission

By Peter Sessum So there I was, in Afghanistan, no shit. We were on a mission in the middle of nowhere. Normally, it can be nice to watch the sun rise, but being up since 0200 made it difficult to … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Lion

By: Peter Sessum Eleven years ago there was a suicide attack that would have a major impact on world events. It was ordered by Osama Bin Laden and carried out by al-Qaeda operatives. It was Sept. 9, 2001 and took … Continue reading

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When Did Honorable Service Stop Being Enough?

By: Peter Sessum With the Supreme Court striking down the Stolen Valor Act and people like Tim Poe making national headlines I have to wonder, when did serving with honor stop being good enough? I know that it sounds cooler … Continue reading

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Be Polite and Respectful, but Have a Plan to Kill Everyone in the Room

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, in a small village in Kandahar Province, no shit. We had just rolled up and the area was deserted. It is like when the gunfighter walks into that old western town and tumbleweed … Continue reading

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The Inherent Racism of Star Trek

By: Peter Sessum When you say that Star Trek is racist, geeks around the world freak out. They want to point out the diversity in the Federation and lament on how a black woman was fifth in command of the … Continue reading

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Hazing in the Military

By Peter Sessum In April 1994, I was standing on a drop zone after the final jump in Airborne School. Now, I was a paratrooper. It was a proud moment for me. I was still a new Private, fresh out … Continue reading

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U.S. Soldiers Murdering Civilians is an Anomaly in War

By Peter Sessum In 2010 in my mass media law class at the University of Washington a student stated matter of factly that soldiers are specifically trained to target children. I don’t really blame him, he is only going off … Continue reading

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Do Not Make SSG Bales a Victim

By: Peter Sessum There is one thing America loves, and that is a hero. We love winners. The winner gets to go to Disneyland, do you know where the loser goes? Nobody cares, they lost. If we can’t have a … Continue reading

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