Iraq war

The Long Return

Jun 10, 2013 By John Spong

After more than a decade of combat, Texas soldiers are finally coming back for good. But the real journey home still lies ahead.

The Call of Battle

Jun 10, 2013 By Matt Cook

I was a soldier who neither loved war nor hated it, but I couldn’t ignore the fierce lure of combat. Six years after I came home from Iraq, I had a successful career, a beautiful wife, and a bright future, but one day I woke up and realized I had to go back to war.

Ben Fountain Undoes Dallas

Jan 21, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

The acclaimed 
author is publishing his first novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. And some of his neighbors may not be happy.

Carlos Brown Is a Hero (No Matter What He Says)

Jan 20, 2013 By John Spong

My best friend from high school is no longer the uncool, baseball-card-collecting goofball he once was. He’s a Navy surgeon and commander, and for two horrific weeks I got to watch him calmly and bravely save lives in wartime—not just Americans’ and not just soldiers’—in one of the most dangerous cities in Iraq.

Ricardo Sanchez

Jun 30, 2008 By Evan Smith

“Do I blame a single individual? Do I blame the nation for the mistakes we made that led us to Abu Ghraib and the abuses that occurred as a result of the actions we took? Do I blame the military or the Department of Defense for trying to contain this extremely embarrassing period in our history? I think when you look at it, what happened to me is that I got caught in a perfect storm.”

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Dec 1, 2007 By Evan Smith

“The government didn’t understand the importance of saying to us, ‘This is a war for freedom every bit as much as World Wars I and II.’”