February 18, 2010 |
The noxious smoke plumes that wafted over the military base in Balad, Iraq, alarmed Lt. Col. Michelle Franco. The stench from a huge burn pit clung to her clothing, skin and hair. "I remember thinking: This doesn't look good, smell good or taste good," Franco said recently. "I knew it couldn't be good for anybody." She wheezed and coughed constantly. When Franco returned to the U.S., she was diagnosed with reactive airway dysfunction syndrome. She is no longer able to serve as an Air Force nurse.
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February 14, 2010
The Defense Department last week identified the following American military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq: Adriana Alvarez, 20, of San Benito, Texas; private first class, Army. Alvarez died Wednesday in Baghdad of injuries sustained while supporting combat operations. She was assigned to the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Adam J. Ray, 23, of Louisville, Ky.; sergeant, Army. Ray died Tuesday in southern Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
June 7, 2010 |
As it rapidly expands its drone program over Afghanistan, the U.S. military is turning to the technology that powers NFL broadcasts, ESPN and TV news to catalog a flood of information coming from the cameras of its fleet of unmanned aircraft. U.S. military archives hold 24 million minutes of video collected by Predators and other remotely piloted aircraft that have become an essential tool for commanders. But the library is largely useless because analysts often have no way of knowing exactly what they have, or any way to search for information that is particularly valuable.
May 3, 2003
Re "Bush Hails Victory in Iraq," May 2: In what has to be one of the most silly stunts ever staged by a sitting president, Bush burns up countless taxpayer dollars to have some low-paid, hard-working Navy aviator provide taxi service. Meanwhile, what's happening as the press gushes over this newest legerdemain of distraction? Not much -- just a huge jump in unemployment, further bombings in the Middle East, continued fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The mind reels at the prospect of Bill Clinton doing the same thing; The media would have had their hammers and tongs out. For the record, I support our servicemen.
August 17, 2005
Re "Uncle Sam to the liberals: I need you!" Opinion, Aug. 13 An unwillingness to participate in the killing of innocent civilians, known in military parlance as "collateral damage," is a key reason for low enlistment rates among those who consider themselves liberal. Conspicuously absent from Rosa Brooks' recruitment broadside is any mention of such killing in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Having a different sense of compassion and a stronger belief in diplomacy, liberals share with revolutionary patriot Thomas Paine a distaste for what he called "offensive war" but would doubtlessly sign up if the American homeland is imminently threatened.
August 19, 2003
An interesting juxtaposition of front-page stories on Sunday: Donald Rumsfeld is one of the most powerful secretaries of Defense ever ("Pentagon Reform Is His Battle Cry"), and the Pentagon withholds its own analysis of Liberia from the president ("Team in Liberia Sought Fast Aid"). It's good that Rummy doesn't give President Bush too much information; he's easily confused. He already can't remember why we attacked Iraq -- was it an imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction, or was it Al Qaeda connections, or was it buying uranium for a nuclear weapon, or was it bringing democracy to the people, or We're lucky to have Rummy there running the show.