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By Victor Perera | February 1, 1998
The events had a sickening familiarity. Thirteen American college students and three faculty members on an archaeological field trip in southern Guatemala were kidnapped and robbed by seven armed men in a pickup truck. Evidently dissatisfied with their take, the robbers then raped five female students.President Clinton has expressed confidence in President Alvaro Arzu's resolve to bring the culprits to justice. The Arzu government earned commendation from the international community for pushing through the peace accord that ended the country's 35-year civil war and for purging the military of its most murderous hard-liners.
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December 21, 2013
Let me get this straight: Capitol Hill, which is filled with $200,000-plus a year politicians - many of them multimillionaires who retire with most of their salary intact and only lose their jobs only if they get voted out of office - is telling our military men and women that they are the ones who have to take a cut in their pensions ( "Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement," Dec. 17)? Who makes the greater sacrifice: Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner dodging each other in the halls of Congress, or our military men and women dodging bullets in the sand pits of the Middle East?
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 12, 1998
What better place to take in a clever musical play about the arts and the military than at the Naval Academy.Local show-goers will have a chance to see the proof of that proposition over the next two weekends as the academy glee club presents Gilbert and Sullivan's delightful "Patience."Composed in the late Victorian era when the writings of Oscar Wilde were all the rage, the story line of "Patience" involves the officers and men of England's Royal Dragoon Guards who are in love with a chorus of maidens led by the imposing Lady Jane.
NEWS
November 15, 2012
Gens. John Allen and David Petraeus have been stupid in their misuse of technology, for a flirtation in the case of the former and an affair in the case of the latter ("Pieces of a puzzle," Nov. 14). As philanderers, these two men are abject failures, and if discretion is the better part of valor, they have shown none in their flings with two married women. Those who argue that dalliances should be perfectly fine among consenting adults and American puritanism is a rude intrusion in the private lives of public figures are wrong in their approach to this widening scandal.
NEWS
December 21, 2013
Let me get this straight: Capitol Hill, which is filled with $200,000-plus a year politicians - many of them multimillionaires who retire with most of their salary intact and only lose their jobs only if they get voted out of office - is telling our military men and women that they are the ones who have to take a cut in their pensions ( "Senate advances bipartisan budget agreement," Dec. 17)? Who makes the greater sacrifice: Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner dodging each other in the halls of Congress, or our military men and women dodging bullets in the sand pits of the Middle East?
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | January 22, 1991
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia -- They have watched their countrymen and women stage intense protests against the war they were sent here to fight.They've heard the voices raised against the bloody ground war they very likely will soon begin waging.But many of the U.S. personnel of Operation Desert Storm, who watch the protests going on back home and abroad on CNN International, say the demonstrations back home have not begun to destroy their will to fight or erode their morale.Unlike the troops of a generation ago who fought what became an immensely unpopular war in Vietnam and returned home to a largely unappreciative public, these military men and women said they respect the right of protesters to demonstrate.
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By John M. McClintock and John M. McClintock,Mexico City Bureau of The Sun | September 27, 1991
MEXICO CITY -- All these external events mattered in getting to the agreement signed at the United Na tions Wednesday toward a cease-fire in El Salvador's 11-year-old civil war:President Bush has allowed Central America to drift off the list of American obsessions. The Sandinistas lost the 1990 election in neighboring Nicaragua. European communist regimes supportive of El Salvador's rebels collapsed. The Soviet Union -- had developed a "hands off Latin America" policy.But what mattered most was the change in El Salvador itself: The people were simply tired of a war that couldn't be won.The conflict has cost more than 72,000 lives in the nation of 5 million, created over a million refugees, most of them now in the United States, and set the gross national product back to the level of 1978.
NEWS
March 2, 1994
The key role U.N. ground troops from Russia are playing in Bosnia may not directly strengthen embattled President Boris N. Yeltsin. But to a nation traumatized by chaos and the loss of a long-maintained world-class status, the success serves as a palliative. It also helps to restore the tarnished prestige of the military -- humiliated and demoralized by a pull-out from Eastern Europe and pull-back from the Baltics and other former Soviet republics -- in the eyes of ordinary Russians.These are important considerations in the fluid political situation that exists in Moscow.
NEWS
November 29, 1995
Flag and petty officers reflect same standardsWith regard to your Nov. 26 editorial, ''The Admiral Walks the Plank,'' I find myself agreeing that Adm. Richard Macke's words were entirely inappropriate and utterly boorish.What I object to is your claim that his comments ''might have been understandable from a petty officer.'' Why?How do you come to the conclusion that a petty officer might be expected to make such a statement, but not a flag officer?The petty officer ranks are the backbone of navies the world over.
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By Scott Wilson and Scott Wilson,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1997
The sexual assault cases at Aberdeen Proving Ground, which unfolded as cautionary tales about the dangers of men commanding women, are becoming on the eve of the first courts-martial volatile examinations of race.Several chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have called for an independent investigation of the rape, forcible sodomy, assault and other felony charges leveled against 22 military men teaching at the Army training post -- the majority of whom, according to Army sources, are black.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 1, 2009
The makers of "The Men Who Stare At Goats" have planted this epigraph before the movie: "More of this is true than you would believe." But I heard one young man emerging from a preview saying, "I don't think any of this is true." After all, who in their right mind would buy a story about a visionary Army officer embracing Eastern martial arts and West Coast encounter sessions, then recruiting new American fighting men who would "fall in love with everyone," "sense plant auras," "attain the power to pass through objects such as walls," "have out-of-body experiences" and "be able to hear and see other people's thoughts"?
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By Phil Greenfield and Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 12, 1998
What better place to take in a clever musical play about the arts and the military than at the Naval Academy.Local show-goers will have a chance to see the proof of that proposition over the next two weekends as the academy glee club presents Gilbert and Sullivan's delightful "Patience."Composed in the late Victorian era when the writings of Oscar Wilde were all the rage, the story line of "Patience" involves the officers and men of England's Royal Dragoon Guards who are in love with a chorus of maidens led by the imposing Lady Jane.
NEWS
By Victor Perera | February 1, 1998
The events had a sickening familiarity. Thirteen American college students and three faculty members on an archaeological field trip in southern Guatemala were kidnapped and robbed by seven armed men in a pickup truck. Evidently dissatisfied with their take, the robbers then raped five female students.President Clinton has expressed confidence in President Alvaro Arzu's resolve to bring the culprits to justice. The Arzu government earned commendation from the international community for pushing through the peace accord that ended the country's 35-year civil war and for purging the military of its most murderous hard-liners.
NEWS
By Scott Wilson and Scott Wilson,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1997
The sexual assault cases at Aberdeen Proving Ground, which unfolded as cautionary tales about the dangers of men commanding women, are becoming on the eve of the first courts-martial volatile examinations of race.Several chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have called for an independent investigation of the rape, forcible sodomy, assault and other felony charges leveled against 22 military men teaching at the Army training post -- the majority of whom, according to Army sources, are black.
NEWS
November 29, 1995
Flag and petty officers reflect same standardsWith regard to your Nov. 26 editorial, ''The Admiral Walks the Plank,'' I find myself agreeing that Adm. Richard Macke's words were entirely inappropriate and utterly boorish.What I object to is your claim that his comments ''might have been understandable from a petty officer.'' Why?How do you come to the conclusion that a petty officer might be expected to make such a statement, but not a flag officer?The petty officer ranks are the backbone of navies the world over.
NEWS
By GINGER THOMPSON and GINGER THOMPSON,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | October 14, 1995
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Military officers summoned to court to answer questions about human rights abuses committed during the 1980s won a reprieve yesterday as their summonses were recalled until next week.The 10 officers are suspected of being former members and leaders of a CIA-trained military unit known as Battalion 316 that conducted a violent campaign against suspected leftists during the Reagan administration's war on communism in Latin America.Hundreds of people suspected of subversion were stalked, kidnapped, tortured and murdered by the battalion.
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By Colin L. Powell | October 9, 1992
THERE has been a spate of commentary recently over the use of American military force to deal with the vexing problems of an untidy post-Cold War world.The military has been criticized for being too reluctant to use force. In a recent editorial, for example, the New York Times suggested that the military has a "no can do" attitude.The editorial even reached back to the famous exchange between President Lincoln and Gen. McClellan during the Civil War.Lincoln, frustrated with McClellan's slowness in engaging the enemy, told him, "If you don't want to use the Army, I should like to borrow it for a while."
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By Richard H. P. Sia and Richard H. P. Sia,Washington Bureau of The Sun | November 29, 1990
WASHINGTON -- Two former U.S. military chiefs warned yesterday that the United States risks losing significant Arab support and any real hope for stability in the Middle East if it rushes into a war against Iraq.At a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, retired Air Force Gen. David C. Jones and retired Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., both former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, added their voices to those calling for 12 to 18 months of trade sanctions against Iraq.They also expressed concern that a "deployment juggernaut" triggered by President Bush's decision this month to send more than 150,000 combat reinforcements to the Persian Gulf might lead to war without a domestic and international consensus on military and political objectives.
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By GINGER THOMPSON AND GARY COHN and GINGER THOMPSON AND GARY COHN,SUN FOREIGN STAFF Sun staff writer Mark Matthews contributed to this article | October 11, 1995
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Ten Honduran military officers will defy a court summons to answer questions about their roles in human rights abuses a dozen years ago when a secret army unit trained by the CIA was kidnapping, torturing and murdering suspected subversives, the officers' attorney said yesterday.The move here came as the Clinton administration said it would speed up the declassification of documents pertaining to the period when the CIA is suspected of collaborating with the unit known as Battalion 316.The 10 former and present military officers refusing to appear in court here have been specifically accused of kidnapping and torturing six university students in 1982.
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By Ginger Thompson and Gary Cohn and Ginger Thompson and Gary Cohn,Sun Staff Correspondents | July 28, 1995
A Honduran judge yesterday ordered 11 current and former military officials not to leave the country while he considers charges against them of kidnapping and torturing student activists during the 1980s.The order came as the commander of the Honduran military expressed his full confidence in the accused men and promised the military's full support for them.Yesterday's order by Judge Roy Medina is the latest step in the process of investigating and prosecuting military officers responsible for the torture and murder of hundreds of people in Honduras during the early 1980s.
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