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Stan Goff
Stan Goff

Stan Goff is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces. During an active-duty career that spanned 1970 to 1996, he served with the elite...

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In Defense of Pat Tillman

Last week’s leak that nine officers will be implicated in the cover-up of the circumstances of Pat Tillman’s death unleashed yet another wave of commentary and speculation about the nature of his patriotism and service. Stan Goff takes on one particularly ferocious vulture in order to defend Tillman’s memory.

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Keeping Our Demons at Bay


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The Special Forces veteran and author of “Full Spectrum Disorder” explains why the media celebrate true believers such as Lt. Col. Ralph Kauzlarich who continue to fight a war that is already lost.

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Petraeus! Is Baghdad Burning?

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A retired U.S. Special Forces soldier takes an oil-filtered look at Bush’s “surge” plan for Iraq.

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Reflecting on Rumsfeld

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Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, describes how two main tenets of the so-called Rumsfeld Doctrine—the reduction of all things military into “metrics” and an obsession with perception management—have left America inured to the human cost of the Iraq war.

Posted on Oct 17, 2006 READ MORE

Digs : Militarism

Sowing the Seeds of Fascism in America

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Author Stan Goff, a retired 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, sounds a warning call that many of the historical precursors of fascism—white supremacy, militarization of culture, vigilantism, masculine fear of female power, xenophobia and economic destabilization—are ascendant in America today.

Posted on Oct 3, 2006 READ MORE

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Playing the Atheism Card Against Pat Tillman’s Family

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AP /Gene Lower

The family of slain NFL-player-turned-Army-Ranger Pat Tillman may have been irreligious, but does that mean they’re not entitled to the truth about the fratricide that killed their son? New Truthdig contributor Stan Goff, a retired U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who has written extensively on the topic, probes for the truth.

Posted on Jul 28, 2006 READ MORE
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Stan Goff
Stan Goff

Stan Goff is a retired veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces. During an active-duty career that spanned 1970 to 1996, he served with the elite Delta Force and Rangers, and in Vietnam, Guatemala, Grenada, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Somalia and Haiti.

He is a veteran of the Jungle Operations Training Center in Panama and also taught military science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Goff is the author of the books “Hideous Dream—A Soldier’s Memoir of the U.S. Invasion of Haiti,” “Full Spectrum Disorder—The Military in the New American Century,” “Sex & War” and most recently, “Borderline: Reflections on War, Sex, and Church.”

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