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The Afghanistan War’s “Heart of Darkness”

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by T. Jefferson Parker October 7, 2014 marks the 13th “anniversary” of the war in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom). It was on this date in 2001 that the United States and United Kingdom began a bombing campaign against al-Qaeda and

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

What Happens Before the First Shots Are Fired?

by General Tony Zinni Throughout our history we have committed our military to action hundreds of times. The reasons have been many and varied. After each of these commitments our military dutifully examines all our past interventions and wars attempting

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

A Poem or a Song: What Was Francis Scott Key Writing That Night?

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by Marc Leepson Francis Scott Key loved poetry. From the time he was a child, he spun out rhyming verses with prolific regularity—verses that with one giant exception were at best overly flowery and at worse, embarrassingly amateurish. Verses that

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Inside the Fight: Level Zero Heroes

By Michael Golembesky It all started with a promise—a promise that I kept to the members of my Marine Special Operations Team—that If we survived our tour in Afghanistan, I would tell our story. But it’s not just the story

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Three Reasons the British Should Have Won the Revolutionary War (and Three Reasons the Patriots Did Win)

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By Jack Kelly George Washington called the American victory in the Revolutionary war “little short of a standing miracle.” In 1776, an overwhelming British army had defeated his poorly trained force, driven them out of New York City, and chased

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Watch this interview with Level Zero Heroes author, Michael Golembesky, as he explores inside Marine Corps Special operations.


General Tony Zinni, author of Before the First Shots Are Fired shares a serious talk with The Daily Show host, John Stewart.