Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you."
It was a sweltering July night, about 110 degrees, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The USS Indianapolis had just completed a top-secret mission to deliver the contents of an atomic bomb to Tinian, one of the Northern Mariana Islands. That bomb, called "Little Boy," would later be dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
The U.S. will kick off its annual joint military exercises with South Korea on Monday, but this year's drills will involve far fewer American troops than last year's amid heated tensions with nuclear-armed North Korea.
Even as the world shudders at the thought of North Korea nuking Guam, there are two other Asian nations that are fairly close to a war.
I am cruising near the speed of sound in an F-15E Strike Eagle over the Atlantic Ocean. My pilot, Michael “Thorny” Brewer, has just taken the aircraft into a tight circle, causing me to pull six G’s – or six times my body weight – in the cramped cockpit. My peripheral vision is greying out and I’m fighting for breath.