True Boots

On the ground experiences, commentary, and progressive viewpoints

“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

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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

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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

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

Americans Want to Move On?

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

In the West Wing

So no shit, there I was: sitting in the Roosevelt Room of the West Wing of the White House, at one end of a long, elegantly crafted wooden table, shoulder … Continue reading

July 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Iran: Lion in the Room

With the announcement of a new extension of nuclear talks with Iran over the weekend, as well as today’s announcement about Iran’s weapons-grade uranium–Iran has been much on my mind. … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Refugees and Conflicts Are Our Problem

The last week’s news cycle has included crises of breathtaking magnitude: Congress has contended with the influx of tens of thousands of children from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, while the world has … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 50 Comments

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