The author of this commentary says the government needs to diagnose and treat conditions associated with toxic environmental exposures, and factor those costs, to include compensatory and survivor benefits, into the equation when calculating the actual cost of war.
Al-Shabab is a threat to America and if not dealt with, the U.S. homeland. This is true. It is important this fact doesn’t become buried beneath the extensive media coverage of Iran, China, and even Russia.
Universal service could empower people as individuals to be an effective part of the whole without losing their identity, and could ultimately increase our individual sense of identity as Americans, says the author of this commentary.
The United States and coalition partners’ support is critical at this time; even as we bring troops home and war is fading out, there should be a financial commitment to the Afghan forces, says the author of this commentary.