It turns out that even the most paranoid among us were right to be afraid of what George W. Bush's White House and Justice Department were up to in the days and months after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. | 03/05/09 20:18:33 By - Joseph L. Galloway
President Barack Obama this week is laying out the road home from the war in Iraq during the next 19 months. More or less. It's time - past time - to begin a major drawdown of U.S. forces in a war that was begun on false pretenses with little foresight or planning and a rosy forecast of a swift victory and an even swifter withdrawal by the summer of 2003. | 02/26/09 19:06:23 By - Joseph L. Galloway
President Barack Obama this week announced that he was ordering an additional 17,000 American troops to Afghanistan. America’s ground commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. David McKiernan, welcomed the news of the reinforcements that'll be on their way this spring and summer, but in a frank assessment of the situation, he said that we are "at best stalemated" in the war against a resilient, home-grown enemy that's proving to be very adaptable and dangerous. | 02/19/09 16:54:18 By - Joseph L. Galloway
Welcome to Washington, D.C. The paint isn't dry on the bathroom walls in the White House, and already President Barack Obama is negotiating his way through the quicksand traps and political cesspools of our capital, and poorly at that. The trouble arises not because the new president arrived with too many arrows of radical change in his quiver, but because he promptly fell into that notorious sinkhole called business as usual. | 02/06/09 17:05:36 By - Joseph L. Galloway
This is a story of the greatest bank robbery in the history of the world, a tale that would have the James gang and John Dillinger and Willie Sutton green with envy. This is the story of a reverse bank robbery, a tale of how the banks looted the national treasury and robbed the American taxpayer and corporate stockholders of billions, if not trillions, of dollars. | 01/28/09 19:47:04 By - Joseph L. Galloway
While President Barack Obama was busy closing down our military prison in Guantanamo and shuttering the Central Intelligence Agency's secret Gulag around the world, Republicans on Capitol Hill were stalling a vote on Obama’s choice for attorney general, apparently in hopes of negotiating a plea bargain on war crimes. | 01/23/09 17:30:45 By - Joseph L. Galloway
He's leaving the same way he arrived eight years ago: Clueless and somehow unable to discern up from down, right from left and right from wrong. George W. Bush patted himself on the back Thursday night for keeping America safe since 9/11, though he's leaving us with two ongoing wars where American troops and innocent civilians continue to die. And what about 9/11 itself? | 01/16/09 14:37:44 By - Joseph L. Galloway
Even as President George W. Bush was packing up his knick-knacks and calling for the moving van, the White House spin machine was whirring along at Warp 6, doing its best to put a happy face on the sorry history of his eight years in the Oval Office. | 01/09/09 16:19:23 By - Joseph L. Galloway
Even in hard times, this is the holiday season and a time when thoughts turn to home and family and dinner tables covered with food and gaily wrapped presents and bright lights. Save a moment amid the celebrations to give thought to the hundreds of thousands of men and women in uniform in far-flung parts of this world who won't be sitting down to dinner with their families. | 12/23/08 16:26:00 By - Joseph L. Galloway
We've been treated to a real spectacle this week as President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney limped into the home stretch of their Magical History Tour, employing distortions, half-truths and untruths in a final, desperate attempt to pervert or somehow prevent history from judging them accurately. | 12/18/08 16:12:36 By - Joseph L. Galloway
President-elect Barack Obama's choice of retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to head the Department of Veterans Affairs is the smartest and best appointment he's made so far. | 12/09/08 15:38:53 By - Joseph L. Galloway
This week, I'm writing in defense of an old friend, retired Army Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, who was dragged through the mud this week in a 5,000-word article by David Barstow in The New York Times. | 12/04/08 07:43:52 By - Joseph L. Galloway
Hear that humming sound? That's the printing presses at the United States Treasury running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, churning out an ocean of green paper to bail out the billionaire bankers, brokers and assorted brigands who are responsible for the economic disaster that's befallen us. | 11/26/08 14:17:55 By - Joseph L. Galloway
With two months still to go before his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama and his transition team are already getting off on the wrong foot, signaling that they have no intention of investigating anyone in the Bush administration for possible war crimes. | 11/18/08 19:09:59 By - Joseph L. Galloway
It is autumn, and the air is crisp and cool at night at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It gets very quiet at The Wall around midnight. The tourists have gone home, and are all tucked into bed.A homeless Vietnam veteran patrols the black granite panels. He tells us that he has cancer and is having a hard time getting any benefits from the Veterans Administration. He lives in a mission that houses those who have nowhere else to go, but the doors don’t open until 11 p.m. | 11/11/08 06:22:09 By - Joseph L. Galloway
Joe Galloway has won the Sigma Delta Chi award for General Column Writing for commentary dealing with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the instability in Pakistan and the policies of former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
"We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam." is the sequel to Joe Galloway's and Gen. Hal Moore's bestseller "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young."
Read an excerpt from "We Are Soldiers Still."
Army Magazine review by Col. Cole C. Kingseed, retired.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf has called Joseph L. Galloway, a military columnist for McClatchy Newspapers, "The finest combat correspondent of our generation a soldier's reporter and a soldier's friend."
Galloway is the co-author, with Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, of "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," a story of the first large-scale ground battle of the Vietnam War. The book was made into a movie of the same name. Galloway was portrayed in the movie by actor Barry Pepper.
Joseph L. Galloway received a citation from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The selection of columns that won the 2008 Sigma Delta Chi award for General Column Writing dealt with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the instability in Pakistan and the policies of former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
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