Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

By Danny Sjursen Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other’s experiences, accomplishments, and general worth. In July 2001, when I first walked through… Continue Reading  

Living at War (Forever)

by Danny Sjursen Recently, on a beautiful Kansas Saturday, I fell asleep early, exhausted by the excitement and ultimate disappointment of the Army football team’s double overtime loss to highly favored Michigan. Having turned against America’s forever wars and the… Continue Reading  

How America’s Wars End (Messily)

by Danny Sjursen Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it’s certainly been on the mind of this retired U.S. Army major who fought in that… Continue Reading  

The Forever Wars Go On Without Me

by Danny Sjursen I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for… Continue Reading  

The World According to the “Adults in the Room”

by Danny Sjursen Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Trump solace in the strange combination of the two-year-old Mueller investigation and the good judgment of certain Trump appointees,… Continue Reading