Category: Opinion and Analysis

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Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era

By | 10/31/2017
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series  On Watch 28.3-4 Fall-Winter 2017 Double Issue

By David L Parsons Published by The University of North Carolina Press Page Count: 176 Publication Year: 2017 Website   Reviewed by Matthew Rinaldi The U.S. military, during its war in Vietnam, witnessed such a high level of disintegration that Col. Robert Heinl…Read More »

A Note on “The Vietnam War” Documentary series

By | 10/31/2017
This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series  On Watch 28.3-4 Fall-Winter 2017 Double Issue

By Jim Klimaski Got my invitation to the preview of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s new documentary. So I went. The ticket, which you had to pick up at the Kennedy Center just before the showing, gave you an indication to where this…Read More »

CHELSEA MANNING RELEASED – REJOICING TEMPERED BY REALITY

By | 06/30/2017
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series  On Watch 28.2 Summer 2017

By David Gespass On May 17, 2017, Chelsea Manning walked out of Fort Leavenworth thanks to the commutation of her sentence by outgoing President Barack Obama. The seven years she spent in confinement were far less than the 35 she was sentenced…Read More »

Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series  On Watch 28.1 Spring 2017

Book Review Court-Martial: How Military Justice Has Shaped America from the Revolution to 9/11 and Beyond by Mr. Chris Bray, US Army Infantry Sergeant & PhD in History from UCLA. The United States came into existence at a time when the laws…Read More »

The Injustices of Manning’s Ordeal

By | 05/04/2017
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series  On Watch 28.1 Spring 2017

For exposing war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pvt. Chelsea Manning suffered nearly seven years in prison, an ordeal President Obama finally is ending but without acting on the crimes she revealed. After overseeing the aggressive prosecution and near-seven-year incarceration of Army…Read More »

What does a Trump administration mean for the GI Rights advocacy community?

By | 05/04/2017
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series  On Watch 28.1 Spring 2017

President Trump has been and remains so unpredictable in his words and actions that there is much we still don’t know about what his administration holds for the men and women who wear the uniforms of the United States Armed Forces. Because…Read More »