Category Archives: Veterans for Peace

It’s Not Memorial Day

We can end the witch hunt because it’s been found in the person of Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer. I had hoped our first female speaker would be different from other politicians. Those hopes were dashed as she proved herself … Continue reading

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Civilians Should Control Our Military

Civilian control of the military is an American value our president doesn’t appear to share. A report last Friday from the American-led military coalition in Iraq indicated scores of non-combatant civilians huddled in basements for protection had been killed in … Continue reading

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On Being a Veteran

My 1975 enlistment in the U.S. Army had everything to do with how screwed up the military was coming out of Vietnam. I asked myself, if regular people didn’t step up and fix the mess, who will? I almost didn’t … Continue reading

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Physicians Release ‘Body Count’

Doctors group releases startling analysis of the death and destruction inflicted upon Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan from the “War on Terror” in Body Count. WASHINGTON, D.C.– On March 19—the 12th anniversary of the onset of our country’s ill-fated military intervention … Continue reading

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Letter to Senator Joni Ernst – Iran Letter

Senator Ernst, When you won election as U.S. Senator with 588,575 votes, I decided to step back from criticism of my government, just as I did when I entered the U.S. Army during the Ford Administration. That’s what soldiers do, … Continue reading

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To the County Seat

IOWA CITY— My skills at ordering a beer failed to keep up with the times. We were meeting at a bar in the county seat, one recognizable from infrequent visits for meetups over 40 years. I arrived first and took … Continue reading

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Pizza, Lemonade and Crudités

IOWA CITY— I dropped off a check at the Waterfront HyVee last night to reimburse the airfare of Daniel Hale, a veteran who worked with the armed drone program in Afghanistan, to come to Iowa. When I arrived, a group … Continue reading

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