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Wednesday November 11, 2009

Major Hasan and the U.S. Army

Americans are pondering how to deal with the information that’s come out about alleged Fort Hood shooter, Nadil Hasan. Did the U.S. Army ignore danger signs about a Muslim soldier in order to be “politically correct?” We speak with Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal.

We’ll also speak with Thomas Ricks, author of two books on the Iraq war, “Fiasco,” and “The Gamble”. Ricks is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and an editor at Foreign Policy magazine where he writes the blog “The Best Defense.”

9/11 Memorial Controversy

The father of James Gadiel, who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, wants a memorial erected in Kent, Connecticut that reads, “James Gadiel 1978-2001, A Gentleman and a Gentle Man Murdered by Muslim Terrorists.” A select woman thought those words were inflammatory and tried to talk Mr Gadiel out of it. We speak with select woman Ruth Epstein about why she does not want the memorial to mention the terrorists’ Muslim faith.

The British Debate

People react as the coffins of six British soldiers are driven through Wootton Bassett, England, after being repatriated at RAF Lyneham, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009.  Hundreds gathered in this small English market town Tuesday to pay tribute to six soldiers killed in Afghanistan, five of whom were shot to death by an Afghan police officer who turned against them.  (AP)

People react as the coffins of six British soldiers are driven through Wootton Bassett, England. (AP)

The bodies of six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan were returned home this week. Their deaths bring the toll for the war to more than 230. As the BBC’s Naomi Grimley reports, public opinion supporting the war continues to erode as the number of deaths climbs.

Brian Turner, Veteran and Poet

Brian Turner turned his experience in Iraq into poetry. His book, “Here, Bullet” captured several awards and also helped to earn him the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship. Under the rules of the scholarship, he is required to spend a year outside North America. Turner also contributes to the Home Fires blog on the New York Times website.

From Swords to Ploughshares

While in Iraq, former Army sergeant Matthew McCue witnessed the peace-making potential of agriculture. When he returned home he joined the Farmer-Veteran Coalition, and now works at the French Garden Farm near Sebastopol, California. Says McCue: “I still want to make the world a better place. I think I can do more good with a shovel than with an M-16.” His story was produced by Alix Blair for the SpeakEasy DC Storycast and Hearing Voices.

Music from the Show

  • A Perfect Circle, “Peace, Love and Understanding”
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