Yesterday I spoke at the October 26 anti-war rally in Washington, DC. I was very pleasantly surprised – it was a huge crowd, covering the western half of the mall, from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial up as far as the Washington Monument, and the crowd kept growing all through the afternoon. A large contingent, Read More

If you haven’t yet read General Anthony Zinni’s interview on Salon.com, I have to urge you to take a look at it. General Zinni – a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran and former commander of Central Command – makes one basic plea in the interview: use your heads. Don’t send American servicemembers to their, Read More

Despite overwhelming calls opposing the war, the Democrats abandoned their constituents today in favor of the oil company dominated administration. Now we have to wait for the blood to flow. Luckily for our so-called representatives, the campaign contributions will continue to flow into their coffers. To the Democrats in Congress, I ask: How does, Read More

In a surprisingly rosy cost estimate of something which can’t be accurately estimated, the Congressional Budget Office Monday released an analysis of what Gulf War II might cost in real dollars paid by U.S. taxpayers. Only they left out the most important part: the casualties. Actually, as a former tank crewman who has seen, Read More

Yes, it’s true. After years of crying out that Saddam (that monster) won’t let inspectors in Iraq, now that the he is, the U.S. wont let them go. President Bush says he wants to “Give Peace a Chance.” Who is he kidding? On Monday I went to several meetings on the hill with the, Read More

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by BRIAN TROMPETER Staff Writer The Persian Gulf War seemed like a piece of cake to those who watched it on CNN. The ground war lasted merely 100 hours, U.S. forces lost only 299 of nearly 468,000 deployed troops and Iraqi soldiers surrendered in droves. Sheehan-Miles, 30, a soft-spoken Vienna area resident, wrote a, Read More

It was early in the morning, even for me, and I stared astonished at my inbox, replete with some pretty strong hate mail, with three general themes: “Shut up and toe the line,” “Nuke Iraq,” and worst of all, “Who are you to question the President?” What did I do to warrant this flood, Read More

What Will I Tell My Children?

Posted on September 20, 2002 by

Destroyed truck near Basra, Iraq

I’ll never forget the morning of February 27, 1991. As a young U.S. Army tanker, near the banks of the Euphrates River, two trucks raced through our position at roughly 2 a.m. We opened fire. One truck carried fuel and splashed its burning cargo on the other, and burning men ran everywhere, only to, Read More

Remembering the Victims of 9-16

Posted on September 14, 2002 by

“What?” you say? 9-16? Specifically, September 16, 1982, when somewhere between 750 and 2,000 innocent men, women and children were raped and slaughtered under the watchful eyes of our democratic allies, the Israeli Defense Forces. Funny, how this particular incident is absent from the discussions of the Middle East conflict. During the Israeli invasion, Read More

After eleven years of indifference to the fate of Gulf War missing-in-action, the sudden shift to concern by the government this week illustrates the depth of cynicism that the Bush administration will go to in order to justify a renewed war with Iraq. In new reports from the Washington Times, we are treated with, Read More

The New Forgotten Vets

Posted on September 27, 1995 by

Kind of a “getting started as a veterans” activist article. The first real ink we got when starting out Gulf War Vets of Massachusetts fifteen years ago.