Posts Tagged ‘war’

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Broken Military Marriages: Another Casualty of War

January 23, 2009

Stacy BannermanAlterNet    header.jpg
more posts in Sex & Relationships 
More than 13,000 military marriages ended last year, and mine came dangerously close to becoming one of them, but it wasn’t because of some gays getting hitched. Military marriages are at increasingly high risk of failure, and combat is the cause.

Most of the boots on the ground in Iraq are worn by Marines, active duty Army, or Army National Guard. They have served the most and longest deployments, seen the most combat, and suffered the most injuries, both physical and psychological. In 2008, the active-duty Army and Marines also had a higher percentage of failed marriages than the Navy or Air Force, whose rates held steady or decreased slightly.

Divorce rates for women in the Army or Marines were nearly three times that of their male counterparts, which speaks volumes about the effect of war on women, as well as the gender roles, societal expectations, and resiliency of their husbands. The fact that the Veterans Administration has just a handful of gender-specific treatment programs for women, and there’s been scant attention, research, and support for women veterans speaks for itself.

A study published in Armed Forces & Society revealed that male combat veterans were 62 percent more likely than civilian males to have at least one failed marriage. In 2006, Kansas State University professor Walter Schumm surveyed 337 soldiers at Fort Riley who had recently returned from Iraq. 6.1 percent said they would probably divorce, and 12.2 percent indicated that they would be divorcing. By comparison, two to four percent of civilian marriages end in divorce each year.
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Open letter to John McCain and his supporters

September 4, 2008

After taking so much gruff last week for my open letter to Obama supporters, I felt like this was in order:

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How Fascism won you back, how its almost to late to resist.

September 3, 2008

FROM Jamessanger (on YT)

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False Flags, Lies & Nuclear Bombs

September 1, 2008

Again, from PUPPETGOV. Fantastic video.

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We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

August 31, 2008

From PUPPETGOV.COM

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Rice: Military power is “not the way to deal in the 21st century”

August 20, 2008

Bush’s secretary of state sermonizes against the use of military force as a means of delivering a message.

Glenn Greenwald (repost)- Glenn Greenwald writes at Salon

Aug. 19, 2008 | It’s hardly news that the U.S., like many countries, espouses standards that it routinely violates, but still, even in light of such routine hypocrisy, wouldn’t you think that this, from Condoleezza Rice today, on an airplane to U.S. reporters while traveling to a NATO meeting, would be too brazen to utter:

Russia is a state that is unfortunately using the one tool that it has always used whenever it wishes to deliver a message and that’s its military power. That’s not the way to deal in the 21st century.

Whatever one’s views are on the justifiability of each isolated instance, it’s simply a fact that the U.S. invades, bombs, occupies, and interferes in the internal affairs of other countries far more than any other country on the planet. It’s not even a close competition. Read the rest of this entry ?

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One Minute

August 20, 2008

From Another Way Films. Say hello to them on YouTube