Sniper Chris Kyle Did Not Live Long Enough

Walter Stewart (Major General, U.S. Army, retired) Sniper Chris Kyle did not live long enough.  I don’t say this in the context of his and Chad Littlefield’s senseless murder at the hands of a supposed brother-in-arms, but in the context of the American Sniper movie trailer that has Kyle saying, “I’m willing to meet my…

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You — He Already Has You

The Militarized Realities of Fortress America By William J. Astore (Featured at TomDispatch.com) I spent four college years in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and then served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  In the military, especially in basic training, you have no privacy.  The government owns you.  You’re “government issue,” just another G.I., a…

Thanking Me for My Service

W.J. Astore A visitor to my home today saw my retirement plaque, which marks my twenty years of service in the US Air Force.  He immediately thanked me for my service to my country. I appreciated his thanks because I took (and take) some pride in having served honorably in the military.  But people who…