Recently, two groups that really help families and vets held fundraisers, and I attended parts of both.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation featured Jon Stewart as emcee; they vet and fund a growing network of nonprofits that help out directly.
The Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America advocates and provides lots of support for vets. (I'm on their board.)
Here we see Stephen Colbert accepting a civilian work award for his support for vets.
We often do not observe Veterans Day as it should be. It's a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones and our family members who have served for the betterment of this great nation.
The thing to remember about war is that there are very few moments of individual gallantry. The individual combatant rarely dwarfs his surroundings. No John Waynes to ride through a hail of enemy fire to save the day.
In fact, those one-dimensional embodiments of masculine striving are usually the first to die. Moments of war rarely allow for clarity.
October 25, 2011, 01:29 pm
By A.B. Stoddard, columnist, The Hill
On the heels of the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and
President Obama's announcement late last week that U.S. forces will soon
be pulling out of Iraq, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is accusing the
president of making military and national-security decisions based on
politics. "I would argue Iraq and Afghanistan is being run out of
Chicago, not Washington, in terms of decisions," Graham said on Fox News
No surprise there — we knew President Obama can't get credit from
Republicans for his foreign-policy and defense successes, no matter how
many he piles up. But the real news from Graham's comments is his
concern that GOP presidential candidates may be giving the president a
free pass. "To the Republican Party: National security matters; step up
on it," said Graham. "We've got a jobs problem. We've got a
national-security problem that is growing by the day."
Under the headline “Why We Need a Third Party,” Washington Post columnist Matt Miller condemns both the Democratic and Republican parties for being “prisoner to interest groups” whose chief aim is “to win elections, not solve problems.”
Some deep thinking there. Miller goes on to list unemployment, the budget, healthcare and education as problems “we need to truly fix,” then quotes the late Sen. Pat Moynihan saying, “If issues can’t be discussed, they can never be advanced.”
What’s needed to bring about “a new politics of problem-solving,” writes Miller, is a third party that would offer “candidates with the vision and nerve to fill today’s void.”