True Boots

On the ground experiences, commentary, and progressive viewpoints

America Must Stand for Freedom, Not Torture

The soldier, be he friend or foe, is charged with the protection of the weak and unarmed.  It is the very essence and reason for his being.  If he violates … Continue reading

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“All of Humanity Must Know This”

It’s been almost six months since I visited the border town of Kilis, Turkey, and met with refugees who’d fled the horrific bombings and gunfire of Syria’s civil war. Most … Continue reading

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Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Don’t Screw This Up

In a disappointing move, nuclear negotiations with Iran have been postponed another seven months, giving hardliners in both the U.S. and Iran the opportunity to screw up what could otherwise be … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Monica Lewinsky and the Empathy Crisis

Back in 1998 I was a little fixated on why Monica Lewinsky didn’t just take her blue dress to the drycleaner like anyone else. I avidly read The New Republic, which … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Examining “Camp X-Ray”

So there was that time I was on a flight back home from Afghanistan when I was wide awake on the airplane and the only thing showing on the airplane … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Boobs on the Ground”?

Many of us are immensely proud of Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates Air Force who was the first female pilot from her country to fly combat missions … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · 10 Comments

September 12th and Beyond: Veterans (and Americans) in Service

Much has transpired since September 11, 2001, but one of my greatest inspirations has been the call to service that so many Americans felt in the wake of our national tragedy. … Continue reading

September 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Believe in Democracy? Vote in the Primary Election on September 9th.

You care about American democracy. You dig the Constitution. You want our system to work better. Yet–you’re busy. You haven’t heard of most of the candidates on the primary ballot. … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

In Iranian Airspace

I’ll admit I was at first aghast at yesterday’s headline saying a commercial jet carrying Americans from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, was intercepted and forced to land in Iran. It immediately brought … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Airdrop Now

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Last week the U.S. military began … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

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