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Monthly Archives: May 2011

News – a Memorial Day hat tip from Dartmouth

Professor Andrew Samwick, head of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center and my host for my November 2010 lecture there, graciously plugged Learning From Veterans on his own website as recommended reading for Memorial Day. I’d reciprocally recommend Prof. Samwick’s blog  for any lay person interested in the politics of U.S. economy. Economics is sometimes called “the dismal [...]

Publications – How We Fight, 1776-2006

The military we have today is radically different from what America had for the first two centuries of the Republic. How we got from the Minutemen to Seal Team Six is the subject of a story I wrote for National Journal‘s Independence Day 2006 issue, entitled “How We Fight. It begins: Unpaid for months, the [...]

In Their Own Words: Carla and Matthew Wiese on War, Parenthood, and PTSD

            We were always under the impression that the Air Force would do as much as they could to avoid deploying us simultaneously, especially since we were dual-military and we had a child at home. But obviously we knew that the possibility could arise, and that’s what happened.             It’s quite a bit different taking [...]

News – Learning From Veterans at 200

This month, I did my 200th interview with a veteran of our post-9/11 wars, a recently retired Marine Corps reservist. Most of my interviews were done in 2004-2010 during my time at National Journal, but since then I’ve interviewed about one new person a week (sometimes over multiple sessions). The servicemembers who’ve honored me with their [...]

Appearances – I explain American warmaking to Romanians

I did another interview with the Romanian news site HotNews.ro. Here’s the article in Romanian. For those of you who for some strange reason aren’t fully fluent in Romanian, here’s my English original, which they translated, in printable PDF format:  Freedberg for Romanian news on US wars – 2011-04-27. Some highlights: Americans aren’t particularly peace-loving, actually. [...]

In Their Own Words – Erik Crouch and Ryan Schloesser on the battle for Mullah Wasir

They had a whole trench network laid out, they had bunker complexes. They were prepared for us…. It was probably only a couple seconds before one of the enemy from on the hilltop was able to get a shot off and shot the other medic in the head…. …we were taking rounds just over my [...]

Commentary – My daughter’s take on Osama bin Laden

My daughter provided guest commentary on the National Journal blog today, with me doing the actual writing since she can’t write yet: The first person I discussed bin Laden’s death with was my daughter. She was born in 2004 and has known since she could speak full sentences that “our soldiers” are fighting “the terrorists” [...]

Publications – How we got Osama: I called it in 2006

Amidst the national celebration over the well-deserved death of Osama bin Laden, I’ll allow myself one note of self-congratulation. I wrote a story for National Journal back in 2006 called “The Hunt for Osama” that walked through why it was so hard to track down the planet’s Public Enemy Number One and what it would [...]