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Insulting America's Sacred Idols: Helping Veterans Recover From Moral Injury

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, July 2015 | Article

As a nation we are mortally afraid to insult, afraid to judge, afraid to affirm the moral injury that inflicts veterans. We are afraid to say the wars were wrong, what we were doing there had no purpose, that young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines died scared and barbarically thousands of miles from home without reason... Read More »

Camp David, President Obama, and the Refusal to Acknowledge History and Reality

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, May 2015 |

This past week, the White House attempted to repair the damage done by neglecting its Gulf Arab allies as Syria flew apart at the seams. King Salman of Saudi Arabia rebuffed President Obama's invitation to join a group of Sunni Arab leaders at Camp David, as did the King of Bahrain -- even as Washington reasserted its security guarantees and announced new military sales to both countries... Read More »

Congress of War

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, April 2015 | Article

It is very bewildering, albeit horrifyingly fascinating, to watch American politicians jockey and posture for war with Iran. With the announcement last week that years of negotiations have yielded a framework agreement that will arrest any Iranian nuclear weapons program, not that one actually exists, while starting the much needed process of bringing Iran back into the world community, many members of Congress seem not just reluctant, but hostile, to the prospects of averting a war with Iran... Read More »

The Blood Sacrifice of Sergeant Bergdahl

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, April 2015 | Article

Last week charges of Desertion and Misbehavior Before the Enemy were recommended against Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Tragically, Sergeant Bergdahl was once again crucified, without evidence or trial, throughout mainstream, alternative and social media... Read More »

Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, January 2015 | Article

At President Obama's behest, as indicated in his State of the Union Address, Congress will soon take up authorizing further American war in the Middle East. Based upon previous years of debate in Congress and on the campaign trail, little attention will be paid by our elected leaders to the real costs and failed results of our war policies and continued war will be authorized... Read More »

I Stand With Charlie Hebdo, But I Also Stand With the Victims of Our Bombs

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, January 2015 | Article

The killings at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris are abhorrent. But let us not forget the daily abhorrence of our wars in the Muslim World, wars that have seen over a million Afghans, Iraqis, Libyans, Pakistanis, Somalis, Syrians and Yemenis killed and millions more wounded and maimed physically and psychologically, while millions of men, women and children endure another cold winter, homeless and hungry... Read More »

With American Help Iraq's Cycle of Violence Spirals

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, October 2014 | Article

The cycle of violence that has been devastating the people of Iraq for 11 years is not working, will not work, and will only prolong the suffering of millions of Iraqis... Read More »

Perpetual War, and Shame, Is Our Policy

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, September 2014 | Article

As long as the United States is shackled with the debilitating psychosis of 9/11 and the resultant moral weakness of our elected officials, the Middle East will be full of targets for our bombs, Iraqi and Syrian mothers and fathers will raise children destined to kill and be killed, jihadist narratives of Crusaders will be validated, and our perpetual war will be as boundless as our shame... Read More »

The Beheadings Are Bait

by Matthew Hoh

Huffington Post, September 2014 | Article

The U.S. would be playing directly into the hands of the Islamic State, driving more and more men to join their cause, by escalating militarily in the region... Read More »

Iraq War Veterans Should Know Better

by Matthew Hoh, Matt Southworth

The Hill, September 2014 | Letter

The U.S. cannot wash its hands of millions of dead, injured and displaced Iraqis created since its 2003 invasion. Re-entering the Iraqi Civil War, or the broader regional war, under the guise of civilian protection is a course of action that will only exacerbate the violence. The Islamic State is actually quite small. Their strength comes from the support of the Iraq Sunni population, who, often as a measure of self-preservation, align Islamic State. American bombs will only further this cycle... Read More »

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