When Afghanistan became the first U.S. target in the war on terror in the fall of 2001, there wasn’t much of a war plan. With winter approaching and Afghanistan’s well-known history as “the graveyard of empires,” President George W. Bush was averse to committing large numbers of ground troops. He opted instead for a strategy that minimized the number of U.S. troops deployed, relying primarily on the CIA and small teams of U.S. Special Forces who advised and funded anti-Taliban militias such as the Northern Alliance ...Read More
Jim Capers fought in some of the most savage battles in Vietnam. Many believe he's the ultimate Marine. But does he deserve the nation's highest award for valor?
They get around with canes and prosthetics. Some are bound to wheelchairs, oxygen tanks in tow. Those who carry these reminders of aging and affliction seem to be the ones most drawn to the woman at the dusty grand piano, her nimble fingers striking notes that stoke nostalgia in the lobby of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland, Oregon.Read More
In the early ’90s, Sebastian Junger was an aspiring fiction writer, living in Cape Cod and waiting tables to pay the bills. Then he decided to “actually do something real”: report on the war in Bosnia. It was, he says, “an accelerated journalism-school experience.” Junger, 52, has gone on to become one of the foremost American writers on the topic of war, particularly when it comes to conveying the experiences of U.S. combat veterans. Junger sat down with Willamette Week to discuss his new film, Hetherington’s death, the so-called military-civilian divide, and why he misses war but will never go back.Read More
When it comes to pop-culture allure and romanticized brutality, Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” is arguably the most influential of all Vietnam War movies. R. Lee Ermey’s iconic portrayal of the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman has served as a de facto recruiting mechanism for the Marines since the film’s release in 1987. But many fans are unaware of some of the juiciest bits of behind-the-scenes drama and literary awesomeness from the film and its source material. Consider this list the enthralling special-features bonus DVD you never saw.Read More