NPR’s Krista Tippett had an excellent rebroadcast highlighting the efforts of Army Chaplain (Maj.) John Morris to reintegrate National Guard soldiers into civilian life after the pressures of war in Iraq. Krista’s nationally syndicated program, Speaking of Faith “probes the myriad ways in which religious impulses inform every aspect of life and culture, nationally and globally,” according to its web site.
Please take a look. It’s especially important during Memorial Day weekend, and with the backdrop of the War in Iraq, to examine what our soldiers go through and to be part of the healing process.
The current issue of Newsweek features a cover story on how military chaplains struggle with keeping faith in God against the backdrop of war.
I only served in the military during peacetime. I lived a pretty charmed life as a journalist, certainly compared to others who spent a significant time of their lives deployed or living in little green tents. When my mother came to visit me while I was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. she marveled that there were so many buildings. I guess she was expecting a bunch of tents and foxholes. Continue reading
The Iraq war parade of lies continues. This time Pat Tillman, Jessica Lynch and we, the people are the victims.
Spc. Bryan O’Neal testified Tuesday that the he was asked by his then battalion commander, Lt. Col. Jeff Bailey, to cover up the cause of Tillman’s death:
“He basically just said … ‘Do not let Kevin [Tillman] know, that he’s probably in a bad place knowing his brother’s dead,’ ” O’Neal told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman. “And he made it known I would get in trouble, sir, if I spoke with Kevin on it being fratricide.”
Instead of the truth, Tillman’s family and the nation were told a “war story” about the former NFL star and Army Ranger leading a counterattack against Taliban forces in Afghanistan. Kevin Tillman said the military saw Tillman’s death as an opportunity to fabricate “utter fiction” and shift focus away from the Abu Graib prison scandal. Continue reading