Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Iraq'

“Fuck War”

May 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Fuck War”

I don’t read Wonkette much, but this sign-off post by 23 year-old Riley Waggaman announcing the ending of his tenure as an author there is one of the most principled pieces of writing I’ve read in just about any corner of the internet. Here are some excerpts: I’m twenty-three. Can anyone even begin to count […]

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Out of Iraq

August 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Out of Iraq

Raven Brooks is asking why there isn’t more hoopla and celebration on progressive blogs about the announcement that all US combat troops are out of Iraq. I’ve been writing in opposition to the Iraq War for coming on six years (I started blogging in late 2004). When I went to work for Chris Dodd on […]

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“I Weep For My Country”

June 28th, 2010 · Comments Off on “I Weep For My Country”

Rest in peace, Senator Byrd.

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Iraq

Making Sense

May 20th, 2009 · Comments Off on Making Sense

Alan Grayson is probably the freshman Congressman who has most impressed me. The man works his ass off and takes his position seriously. He’s conducted some of the most grueling examinations of the administrators bailouts at Treasury and recipients of bailout money. Now, in an interview in Vanity Fair, Grayson is making sense on Iraq. […]

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Our American Way of Life

May 12th, 2009 · Comments Off on Our American Way of Life

Richard Smith at VetVoice has an incredibly poignant push-back on Dick Cheney’s recent pro-torture, image rehabilitation tour. Richard writes: [O]ur American way of life includes concepts of freedom from tyranny and a certain American personal independence that has been passed down through the many generations of this nation. If we are to believe that torturing […]

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Tags: Iraq · Rule of Law

Brandon Friedman Interview

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off on Brandon Friedman Interview

Brandon Friedman of VoteVets is interviewed by Bill in Portland Maine for Daily Kos Cheers & Jeers series. It’s a pretty interesting interview and definitely worth a read. Brandon is a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and is, in my opinion, one of the sharpest voices for young veterans of America’s 21st centuries […]

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February 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

Alex Horton of Army of Dude is, in my opinion, one of the best writers in the blogosphere. He’s a veteran of the Iraq war and a contributor at VetVoice. His posts on his time in Iraq, often filled with photos and videos, have been one of my most important windows into the war, free […]

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McCain – Stop Opposing a New GI Bill

April 3rd, 2008 · Comments Off on McCain – Stop Opposing a New GI Bill

Brandon Friedman at VoteVets has much more about the campaign launched today by VoteVets, WesPAC, and Brave New Films to put pressure on John McCain to support a new GI Bill. Sign the petition to McCain at The Real McCain.

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Tags: Iraq · John McCain


April 2nd, 2008 · 6 Comments

I think Joe Lieberman has been spending way too much time with John McCain. Well, I think that – let me say generally that Sen. Obama doesn’t come to this debate with a lot of credibility… If we did what Sen. Obama wanted us to do last year, Al-Qaeda in Iran would be in control […]

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Chiefs of Staff Calling for Major Change

April 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Chiefs of Staff Calling for Major Change

Brandon Friedman at VetVoice calls attention to recent comments by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen that both speak to the military reaching a breaking point because of Iraq, one that threatens its ability to exist as an all-volunteer force. Friedman sees […]

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