War http://nhpr.org en What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran http://nhpr.org/post/what-its-being-drone-war-veteran <p>A full decade into the drone war in the Middle East, we’re still asking questions: what does an unmanned military mean for the future of warfare?&nbsp; Who chooses who lives and who dies? What does it mean to pull the trigger on a target half a world away?</p><p>And what is like being a veteran of the drone war?</p><p><strong>Matthew Power</strong> is a freelance print and radio journalist and a contributor to <em>GQ Magazine</em>, where he <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2013/10/23/confessions_of_a_drone_warrior_318452.html">wrote a profile </a>of former drone operator and Airman First Class <a href="http://youtu.be/i_l6ec62l6I">Brandon Bryant.</a></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:35:50 +0000 Taylor Quimby 38462 at http://nhpr.org What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran What Do International Weapons Inspectors Do, Exactly? We Talked To One To Find Out. http://nhpr.org/post/what-do-international-weapons-inspectors-do-exactly-we-talked-one-find-out <p>Only a few days after international weapons inspectors arrived in Syria, they&rsquo;ve begun destroying Syria&rsquo;sstockpile of chemical weapons along with the equipment used to make it. The team is reportedly using blow torches and heavy trucks to crush weaponry, working as an active war rages on around them.</p><p>For a better sense of what weapons inspectors do, we spoke to <strong>Tim Trevan. </strong>He worked as a U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq in the early 90&rsquo;s and is currently Executive Director of the <a href="http://iclscharter.org/">International Council for the Life Sciences.</a></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:11:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36337 at http://nhpr.org What Do International Weapons Inspectors Do, Exactly? We Talked To One To Find Out. Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War http://nhpr.org/post/andrew-bacevich-cheap-grace-and-american-way-war <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's concept of "cheap grace," Andrew Bacevich exposes the chronic defects in the current U. S. approach to waging war. &nbsp;He explains why the world's most powerful military doesn't win and why the nation's reliance on professional soldiers has turned out to be such a bad bargain. When American soldiers deploy to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, what is the cause for which they fight? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32207 at http://nhpr.org Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War Where Soldiers Come From http://nhpr.org/post/where-soldiers-come <p>A new documentary follows the poignant journey of a group of three small town friends to Afghanistan and back again.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:10:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 358 at http://nhpr.org Where Soldiers Come From The New Dogs of War http://nhpr.org/post/new-dogs-war <p>When we call dogs ‘man’s best friend’, we’re typically referring to their value as companions and protectors - but canines have a long history of helping people with affairs far more solemn that playing fetch.&nbsp; For centuries, dogs have played a pivotal role in aiding the disabled, in hunting, for search and rescue operations, and for their service in police and military applications.&nbsp; After a long hiatus,&nbsp;U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs were re-introduced to the battlefield in 2007.&nbsp; There are now some six-hundred military dogs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:12:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13029 at http://nhpr.org The New Dogs of War The War Within the War for Afghanistan http://nhpr.org/post/war-within-war-afghanistan <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">An inside look at the war in Afghanistan. Recently, an increasing number of American troops have died at the hands of their Afghan counterparts, raising questions about American efforts there. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 12201 at http://nhpr.org The War Within the War for Afghanistan Those Who Have Borne the Battle http://nhpr.org/post/those-who-have-borne-battle <p>In his new book, Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them, former Dartmouth College President James Wright describes the complicated relationship between this country and its military.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 13:17:47 +0000 Laura Knoy 5714 at http://nhpr.org Those Who Have Borne the Battle A Laconia Artist Paints Soldiers at War http://nhpr.org/post/laconia-artist-paints-soldiers-war <p>For this Memorial Day we wanted to tell you about a unique art installation at the New Hampshire National Guard headquarters in Concord.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a series of paintings by <strong>Elaine Morrison</strong> of Laconia, depicting soldiers at war. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the paintings.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 16:45:07 +0000 Brady Carlson 5679 at http://nhpr.org A Laconia Artist Paints Soldiers at War Civilians Flee, Soldiers Dig In On Sudanese Frontier http://nhpr.org/post/civilians-flee-soldiers-dig-sudanese-frontier There's a tense calm at South Sudan's front line, just 10 miles from the frontier with Sudan, its neighbor to the north. South Sudanese commander Maj. Gen. Mangar Buong says his troops remain on alert and on the defensive.<p>There is not a civilian in sight. They all fled the area, known as Panakuach, after Sudan's recent aerial bombardments and escalating concerns about a full-scale war.<p>South Sudan's soldiers sing morale-boosting tunes to rally the forces and keep their spirits up. Wed, 16 May 2012 16:33:00 +0000 Ofeibea Quist-Arcton 4913 at http://nhpr.org Civilians Flee, Soldiers Dig In On Sudanese Frontier Some Latin Leaders Want New Approach To Drug War http://nhpr.org/post/some-latin-leaders-want-new-approach-drug-war When President Obama travels to Colombia this weekend for the Summit of the Americas, he'll be stepping into a vigorous debate about the drug war that could be awkward for the United States.<p>Some Latin American leaders, who also happen to be strong U.S. allies, say the American-sponsored war on drugs is failing and that new options need to be considered.<p>One proposal they want to discuss is legalizing some drugs — a move the U.S. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:55:00 +0000 Juan Forero 3111 at http://nhpr.org Some Latin Leaders Want New Approach To Drug War Two Decades After Siege, Sarajevo Still A City Divided http://nhpr.org/post/two-decades-after-siege-sarajevo-still-city-divided <em>April 6 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the Bosnian war and the siege of Sarajevo. It was the longest siege of a capital city in modern history, and produced the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:28:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 2957 at http://nhpr.org Two Decades After Siege, Sarajevo Still A City Divided Grieving Afghan Father: 'All My Dreams Are Buried' http://nhpr.org/post/grieving-afghan-father-all-my-dreams-are-buried Afghans say they're so inured to civilians killed in wars that they bury their dead and move on. That's not so easy for Muhammad Wazir. He lost his mother, his wife, a sister-in-law, a brother, a nephew, his four daughters and two of his sons in last week's mass shooting in two villages.<p>"My little boy, Habib Shah, is the only one left alive, and I love him very much," says Wazir.<p>The boy cried next to his father as Wazir spoke by cellphone. The 4-year-old is his favorite, Wazir says, and that's why he took the boy as he traveled to the eastern side of Kandahar province last week. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 2626 at http://nhpr.org Grieving Afghan Father: 'All My Dreams Are Buried' U.S., Pakistan At Impasse Over Afghan Supply Routes http://nhpr.org/post/us-pakistan-impasse-over-afghan-supply-routes Nearly four months after Pakistan closed the main supply lines for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the shutdown is creating hardship for Pakistani truckers and is forcing the U.S. to turn to costly and less-efficient alternatives.<p>The Pakistani move came after an errant U.S. airstrike left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead along the Afghan frontier back in November.<p>Shortly after that episode, the Shirin Jinnah terminal in the southern port city of Karachi ground to a halt. Normally it's a busy place, with oil tankers rumbling through the facility day and night. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 17:55:00 +0000 2550 at http://nhpr.org U.S., Pakistan At Impasse Over Afghan Supply Routes A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality? http://nhpr.org/post/war-iran-rhetoric-or-reality In recent weeks and days, the divisions over how to deal with Iran and its nuclear program have sharpened. The only undisputed fact is that Iran is developing a nuclear energy program, but after that things get murky.<p>Israel and some European countries believe Iran is moving toward a nuclear weapons program, but U.S. intelligence agencies disagree. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 23:01:00 +0000 NPR Staff 2419 at http://nhpr.org A War With Iran: Rhetoric Or A Reality? Syria's Rebels Ask, Why Aren't The Weapons Coming? http://nhpr.org/post/syrias-rebels-ask-why-arent-weapons-coming In a nondescript apartment room in Turkey, just across the border from Syria, clouds of cigarette smoke drift toward the ceiling as Syrian opposition activists ponder how to keep people and supplies moving across the border.<p>Abu Jafaar is the alias of a Syrian smuggler who has been dodging Syrian army patrols for the past several months.<p>He says the smugglers are still getting back and forth, but the Syrian army has begun occupying entire villages to block their path. Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:11:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 2349 at http://nhpr.org Syria's Rebels Ask, Why Aren't The Weapons Coming?