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Former Pentagon official defends U.S. use of drones listen

04/11/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A former Pentagon official is defending the United States’ use of drones. During a lecture Thursday at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Michael James Barton blamed criticism of the unmanned aircraft on media that sensationalize perceived future threats associated with using new technology.

“The Spartans were really, really upset that the Athenians used arrows because how dare they, we can’t even see the enemy, they’re coming from afar. You don’t face your enemy wi...

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Helen Benedict talks about the Pentagon lifting the ban on women serving in combat

01/31/13 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Helen Benedict is a professor of journalism at Columbia University who won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice in 2008. Professor Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in issues of social justice. Her most recent non-fiction book THE LONELY SOLDIER: THE PRIVATE WAR OF WOMEN SERVING IN IRAQ (2009 and 2010, Beacon Press) won the EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women's Political Caucus and was the inspiration for the award winning and Oscar nominate...

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New book gives inside story of war in Afghanistan

01/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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On the first part of today’s program we’ll hear from journalist Michael Hastings who has written a behind-the-scenes account of or military leadership in the war Afghanistan.

Last year award-winning journalist Hastings wrote an article in Rolling Stone that made headlines around the world and resulted in the firing of the U.S. commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan. Hastings’s account of the blunt, dismissive remarks made by General Stanley ...

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