Veterans & War

Whether it’s the memories of D-Day veterans, news from the “forgotten front” of Afghanistan or the toll that fighting has taken on families of troops here at home, Bill Moyers continues to report on the costs of war here and abroad, and the aftermath for the men and women who’ve been able to come back.

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Veterans and members of the armed services carry an over-sized American flag past the scoreboard at Fenway Park in Boston following Memorial Day ceremonies prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Baltimore Orioles Monday, May 31, 2004. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Updated September 11, 2013

In his forthcoming book, Andrew Bacevich reflects on a fourth of July celebration at a Red Sox game and what it tells us about the way Americans symbolically honor their troops. Continue reading

Syrian refugees pass through the Turkish Cilvegozu gate border, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. U.N. chemical weapons experts have left Syria and crossed into neighboring Lebanon. The team on Friday carried out a fourth and final day of inspection as they sought to determine precisely what happened in the Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus. The team took samples from victims for examination in laboratories in Europe. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 6, 2013
Find out how you can help relief organizations meet the needs of those displaced by the fighting in Syria.
September 6, 2013 | Blog

Today’s reads include links to several articles and op-eds on Syria, ProPublica’s NSA report, last month’s jobs numbers, Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare problem, and much more. Continue reading

Protestors holding up their red painted hands, stand behind Secretary of State John Kerry as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to advance President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 5, 2013 | Blog

Secretary of State John Kerry claims the president has the constitutional power to ignore Congress’s vote on Syria. Constitutional scholars disagree. Continue reading

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens at right as the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, during the committee's hearing to consider the authorization for use of military force in Syria. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
September 5, 2013 | Blog

A roundup of the stories the Moyers & Company crew are reading today. Continue reading

September 4, 2013

Guest host Phil Donahue examines the deadly civil war in Syria and the consequences of another American intervention in the Middle East. Watch the full show. Continue reading

John Kerry
September 4, 2013 | Blog

Today’s stories include stories about Syria, corporate campaign spending and influence, new research on fracking and earthquakes, and much more. Continue reading

August 30, 2013 | Blog

With the recent, deadly Syrian gas attack – crossing the now notorious “red line” of which President Obama warned – the war drums are beating once again. Continue reading

Singapore USS Freedom
August 30, 2013 | Blog

Aware that a changing climate and rising sea levels are bad for U.S. security interests, the Department of Defense is seeking to green the military. But some in Congress aren’t on board. Continue reading

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August 30, 2013 | Blog

A roundup of the stories the Moyers & Company crew are reading today. Continue reading

Pedestrians walk in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington, Friday, June 21, 2013. The number of military suicides is nearly double that of a decade ago when the U.S. was just a year into the Afghan war and hadnít yet invaded Iraq. While the pace is down slightly this year, it remains worryingly high. The U.S. military and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) acknowledge the grave difficulties facing active-duty and former members of the armed services who have been caught up in the more-than decade-long American involvement in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
August 29, 2013 | Blog

Automatic spending cuts mean less medical care for veterans, yet Congress continues to appropriate funds for outdated and needlessly expensive weapons. Continue reading

In this photo taken on a government organized media tour, a Syrian army soldier walks on a street in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Syrian state media accused rebels of using chemical arms on Saturday against government troops trying to storm a contested neighborhood of Damascus, claiming a major army offensive in recent days had forced the opposition fighters to resort to such weapons "as their last card." State TV broadcast images of plastic jugs, gas masks, vials of an unspecified medication, explosives and other items that it said were seized from rebel hideouts. It did not, however, show any video of soldiers reportedly affected by toxic gas in the fighting in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus. (AP Photo)
August 26, 2013 | Blog

Though they admit it won’t end well, pundits are calling for an “intervention” in Syria. Perhaps we should pause for a second to consider whether that’s a good idea. Continue reading

Large sections of pipe are shown on a neighboring property to Julia Trigg Crawford family farm Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, in Sumner Texas. Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
August 26, 2013 | Blog

The energy industry wants to use unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor pipelines. Continue reading

In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, citizen journalism image provided by the Media Office Of Douma City, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian man mourns over a dead body after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists, in Douma town, Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Media Office Of Douma City)
August 26, 2013 | Blog

Andrew Bacevich has several questions he’d like the president to answer before taking military action in Syria. Continue reading

Yemeni women, center, hold banners during a protest to denounce US drone attacks in Yemen, in front of US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, April 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
August 16, 2013 | Blog

Despite a promise to reconsider our “perpetual war,” President Obama has escalated the U.S. drone campaign in Yemen — and it’s not winning many hearts and minds on the ground there. Continue reading

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