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Iraq War Stories: An Army Nurse’s Perspective
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Editorials

2014-11-13 17:02:08

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ann HochhausenOn November 9, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport hosted a most compelling presentation by retired Lieutenant Colonel Ann Hochhausen – Colonel Ho as she is affectionately called. This 27-year veteran in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps shared her experiences and perspective as chief nurse of the 28th Combat Support Hospital (CSH) in Tikrit, Iraq, during 2003 and 2004.

Colonel Ho’s one-year odyssey included serving as one of two chief nurses, in split operations, in large canvas-tent hospitals resourced and manned for 200 beds. This all took place in a hostile desert where they performed more than 1,000 surgeries over just the first four months. The 28th CSH provided care for more than 21,000 coalition military personnel and Iraqi civilians and prisoners of war in the course of its one-year deployment. With her specialty skills in obstetrics and gynecology, Colonel Ho was a rarity in that theater, and she was awarded the Bronze Star for her care of pregnant Iraqi women and their unborn children.

Most Americans cannot fathom the harsh and brutal environment in which the 28th CSH provided compassionate and expert medical care for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians and combatants alike. Our notions of war have been glorified and sanitized to prevent triggering the American people’s collective outrage for such impossible conditions and horrific results.

Colonel Ho’s perspective is critical in conveying the feelings and realities that our military personnel deal with – not just during service, but for the rest of their lives.


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Ted Rall: The Future of War
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2014-03-10 11:39:04



Ted Rall: War Is So-o-o Meaningful
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2014-01-13 11:14:04



How the News Media Betrayed Us on Iraq
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Commentary/Politics

Category: Guest Commentaries

2013-04-02 22:34:00

The 10th anniversary of the start of America’s illegal and aggressive war against Iraq should not pass without recalling that the mainstream news media eagerly participated in the Bush administration’s dishonest campaign for public support. It is no exaggeration to say that most news operations were little more than extensions of the White House Office of Communications. Abandoning even the pretense of an adversarial relationship with the government, the media became shameful conduits for unsubstantiated and outright false information about Saddam Hussein’s alleged threat to the American people. Included among the falsehoods were reports that Saddam had a hand in the 9/11 attacks, had trained al-Qaeda fighters, and had attempted to obtain uranium ore and aluminum tubes for nuclear bombs.

Put bluntly, the disastrous invasion of Iraq – which was sold on the basis of lies told by President George W. Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, national-security adviser Condoleezza Rice, and others – might not have happened without the enthusiastic help of the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and others. The blood of more than a hundred thousand – perhaps more than a million – Iraqis and 4,500 Americans is on their hands, too.


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Ted Rall: Where Are They Now?
Written By: Jeff Ignatius
Section: Lifestyle

Category: Ted Rall

2013-03-22 15:02:24






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