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February 23, 2014
We’ve got a problem—too many vets are unemployed. There’s what we call a civilian-military divide. In other words, the returning vets think one thing, the civilian population thinks another and our aim is to get people to understand each other better for the good of the veteran community.
George W. Bush • Discussing his post-presidential efforts to assist veterans, many of which became veterans on his watch due to the Afghan and Iraq wars. Among his efforts include efforts to help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He teared up during the interview where he discussed the efforts on ABC’s This Week. “I obviously get slightly emotional talking about our vets,” he said.
13:10 // 1 month ago
January 11, 2014
I was torn about the message of the film in the same way that I think I am about the war in Afghanistan itself. I don’t want any more senseless American death. And at the same time I know that there were bad people there and good people that need help.
Jake Tapper offered up this take on the new Mark Wahlberg Afghan War film “Lone Survivor,” and is currently getting savaged for it after an interview with the subject of the film didn’t go so well. But did he bring up an issue that deserves more consideration?

(Source: sfgate.com)

19:21 // 3 months ago
December 30, 2013

Poll: Afghan War support dips below the 20 percent mark

  • 17% the percentage of Americans that continue to support the ongoing war in Afghanistan, according to a CNN poll. That’s a massive decrease from 2008, when 52 percent supported continuing the conflict. It also shows a level of opposition—82 percent, the study states—never seen by other unpopular wars, such as Iraq or Vietnam. So yeah, not a popular war. source
9:47 // 3 months ago
November 24, 2013
12:50 // 4 months ago
August 7, 2013

So NowThisNews has an Instagram channel, and while they’ve been shooting a lot of video over this way, yesterday they posted something pretty mind-blowing. Here’s an Instagram infographic about civilian casualties in Afghanistan which is at once informative and well-produced. They’ve packed a lot into 15 seconds.

21:39 // 8 months ago
July 10, 2013

bobbycaputo:

anythingphotography:

These Are the First Combat Zone Tintype Photos Created Since the Civil War

Ed Drew is an artist who’s studying at the San Francisco Art Institute, pursuing a BFA in sculpture with a minor in photography. He’s also a defensive heavy weapons and tactics specialist for the California Air National Guard.

When Drew was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan this past April as a helicopter aerial gunner, he decided to bring his passion for photography with him. What resulted were the first tintype photos to be created in a combat zone since the Civil War.

The Brooklyn-born photographer tells us that his motivation for the project was to stay sharp and not get rusty while he was away from home. “I was really interested in making art while I was in Afghanistan so I wouldn’t lose my momentum in my absence from art school,” he says.

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In case you missed my post earlier. this is so fucking awesome.

Amazing stuff.

21:18 // 9 months ago
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April 7, 2013
Anne and those with her were attacked by the Taliban terrorists who woke up that day not with a mission to educate or to help, but with a mission to destroy. A brave American was determined to brighten the light of learning through books, written in the native tongue of the students she had never met, whom she felt it incumbent to help.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Discussing the death of Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old U.S. Foreign Service Officer who was killed when delivering books to a school in Afghanistan. (Her group was ambushed by the Taliban, and she was one of six Americans killed Saturday.) Kerry, who had met the Illinois native just two weeks ago while on a trip to the country, said that she was ”a selfless, idealistic woman who woke up yesterday morning and set out to bring textbooks to school children, to bring them knowledge.” Her parents offered up a similar statement on the tragedy. Smedinghoff’s death is the first of a U.S. diplomat since last year’s Benghazi’s attack.
12:35 // 1 year ago