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Happy Memorial Day

May 26, 2014

Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead who gave that “last full measure of devotion.” We also honor their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Afghanistan:  (2001-Present) to date 2,322 have been killed with 19,964 wounded. With an [...]

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Movie Review — Lone Survivor

January 25, 2014

I vaguely remember a story back in 2005 about this Navy SEAL in Afghanistan who was the only one who survived an attack by dozens of Taliban, who managing to crawl to an Afghan village, and somehow got rescued.  This Iraq War vet (OIF 1), after recovering from his wounds volunteered to go back to [...]

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A Brewing Mess in Syria

August 27, 2013

In the wake of yet another chemical weapons attack against the rebels in Syria by the Assad regime, President Obama has allowed the US military to position itself to strike Assad at any time, with multiple options.  This would be the third major military intervention since our Nobel Peace Prize winning President entered office.  Retired [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 27, 2013

Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead, those who gave that “last full measure of devotion,” as well as their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Iraq:  (2003-2011) a total of 4,486 Americans were lost with 32,223 wounded. [...]

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Women on the Front Lines

January 24, 2013

Word came out today that outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is paving the way for women to be on the front line of combat by 2016. While I agree in principle with the policy change, I have a feeling that this opportunity for women is done in-hand with civilian political calculations — another “first” [...]

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Happy Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

Today we honor the remembrance of those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.  We honor the war dead, those who gave that “last full measure of devotion,” and their families and friends.  In the recent wars America has fought: Iraq:  (2003-2011) a total of 4,486 Americans were lost with 32,223 wounded. Afghanistan:  [...]

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Half-Staff for Houston

February 15, 2012

I have my issues with my governor from time to time, mostly on little details here and there.  But, for the most part Chris Christie is doing a fine job. However, I’m not with him on this one — he wants flags across New Jersey to fly at half-staff for Newark native, the late Whitney [...]

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St. Louis Has First Major Parade for Iraq War Vets

January 29, 2012

Organizers in St. Louis decided that since no one had yet scheduled a major parade for returning Iraq War veterans, that they would try to put one on.  With no serious objections they did.  Here’s a video: While some of the parade’s participants will be redeployed to Afghanistan sooner or later, it speaks volumes about [...]

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War #4: Uganda?

October 14, 2011

With Iraq and Libya winding down as Afghanistan is heating up, the President decided to choose a Friday afternoon document-dump to inform the nation that he will suddenly enforce a two-year-old resolution passed by Congress to send troops into Uganda deal with some insurgents.  While only deploying about 100 special forces to help the Ugandan [...]

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Petraeus Redux

June 24, 2010

As to be expected, General Stanley McChrystal was sacked yesterday as the commanding general in Afghanistan.  In his place, President Obama named Centcom Commander General David Petraeus to replace McChrystal. Petraeus is the COIN (counter insurgency) guru who was the mastermind behind the Baghdad Security Plan, better known as the Surge, in Iraq which is [...]

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General McChrystal in the Crosshairs

June 22, 2010

In this week’s Rolling Stone, General Stanley McChrystal who’s our main general in Afghanistan and his aides said a number of unflattering things about the Obama Administration.  In the profile, many things were apparently said which illustrate McChrystal’s disappointment with the lack of Obama Nation preparedness, the undercutting Ambassador Eikenberry has partaken in, the arbitrary [...]

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Kerry’s Revenge on Afghanistan

November 29, 2009

John “F’in” Kerry* finally gets some revenge on the Bush Administration through a new report on how we missed our chance to get Bin Laden in December 2001 in the mountains around Tora Bora.  However, on page 9 of the 49 page file (pdf file) Kerry notes that his report’s thesis relies on the same [...]

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America’s Reputation In The World

October 26, 2009

Obama campaigned on the idea of restoring America’s reputation in the world.  What he failed to mention at the time was that he was trying to restore the Carter-era reputation of American being an unreliable partner.  Two cases this weekend illustrate that. First, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is growing increasingly frustrated with Obama and his [...]

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Cheney: “Drumbeat of Defeatism” from Obama

October 21, 2009

I Heart Cheney for many reasons.  I love his unabashed defense of the Bush Administration’s Gitmo policy, the free-market, the CIA’s advanced interrogation techniques, and now his defense of what the Bush Administration left for Obama to deal with in Afghanistan.  Here’s how Fox reported Cheney’s statement’s on Special Report with Bret Baier tonight: Well, you had [...]

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Obama to End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

October 11, 2009

After ignoring this aspect of the gay rights agenda for nine months, President Obama has decided to clutter Congress some more and cling to any group who might boost his polls by finally inferring action on his pledge to end the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military.  Nine months ago I [...]

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Obama the Prince of Peace

October 9, 2009

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize today.  Like you, I first thought it was a joke.  Then once my head cleared and realized this wasn’t a joke, a simple question came to me: “For what?”  It’s not like he’s done anything worthy before or since entering office.  It seems like it was presented as a “what if” award rather [...]

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Dear Obama: Can We Have a Plan for Afghanistan Please?

October 4, 2009

Dear President Obama, Can we have a plan for Afghanistan please?  I know things like the Olympics, date-night, and voting “present” on just about all the issues of the day are super, super important for American and the world, but in case the vigor of your schedule has caused the brilliant recesses of your vast intellect to become [...]

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Iraq and Afghanistan: An Exit Strategy

September 29, 2009

Vanderleun over at American Digest has come up with a simple and effective exit strategy that the U.S. could employ for the Afghan and Iraqi wars.  I must say, his plan is compelling, given recent world events. Unfortunately, I don’t think this strategy fits into the HopeAndChange strategy of talking to dictators and thugs.  Sorry [...]

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Obama Can’t Be Bothered To Meet With His Generals

September 29, 2009

President Obama touted the importance of the Afghanistan war during the 2008 election campaign.  He consistently accused Bush of ignoring that campaign, and focusing too much on the Iraq front.  Obama promised that when he was president, he would take whatever steps necessary to obtain victory in Afghanistan (wait, we can’t say victory anymore, can [...]

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Obama’s Health Care Speech Angers Vet

September 10, 2009

Imagine if you put your heart and soul into your job.  Say it’s an important job that takes you away from your family, friends, and loved ones one weekend a month and a few weeks a year.  Say, also, that this very important job took you away from your family for over a year, putting [...]

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Labor Day Starting Line

September 7, 2009

Happy Labor Day!  As the official last day of Summer (from a cultural perspective), it’s time to get the barbecue and beer out one last time before closing up the pool and settling into weekends lost on the couch watching football. This is also the last day of Summer from a political point of view:  [...]

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Cindy Sheehan Returns!

August 28, 2009

Ahhh… this is actually refreshing!  Finally, a vocal liberal being consistent on the war!  No other than Cindy Sheehan returns to her anti-war protests, this time focusing on President Obama during his Martha’s Vineyard vacation.  Her squat-spot, “Camp Casey,” reopens in Massachusetts just in time for Obama’s stay.  While there, she’s even invoked Ted Kennedy’s vote against the [...]

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Human Rights Problems in Iraq and Afghanistan

August 17, 2009

No one really expected that when the Taliban collapsed and Saddam ran into his spider hole that Afghanistan and Iraq would instantly turn into Jeffersonian Democracies with full citizenship rights and beer pong being played at a co-ed colleges.  It would take some time, some prodding, some leading by example (that is, unless you’re a [...]

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What Do We Do with Afghanistan?

August 12, 2009

Afghanistan was always deemed the “Good War” by the Left and generally by those who supported the “cut-and-run” strategy in the Iraq War.  Afghanistan was a war of defense, while Iraq was a war of choice.  Well, Iraq is turning out to be a “stayed-put-and-won” conflict, while Afghanistan seems the murky war with no endgame.  Our soldiers [...]

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To Obama: Is this 2009 or 1985?

July 7, 2009

A missile reduction treaty with the Soviet Union Russia?  With Iran on the verge of getting nukes, Eastern Europe fearing a return of Russian Imperialism and looking to America for support, with North Korea ready to ignite the planet, with heightened violence in Afghanistan, we’re reducing missiles with the Russians?  Huh?  Did I just step out of [...]

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You Have The Right to Remain Silent, Al Qaeda

June 11, 2009

In the continued quest by the Obama Administration to cater to terrorists, dictators, and thugs, a new policy has been implemented by the Justice Department via the FBI which requires that any high-value terrorists captured in Afghanistan be Mirandized.  For any lawyer, cop, or fan of Law & Order, the Miranda warning is read to [...]

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Petraeus to Toss Coin at Super Bowl XLIII

January 29, 2009

Centcom Head and Iraq Redeemer David Petraeus will be part of the Super Bowl XLIII coin toss Sunday night.  Here what Petraeus had to say about it: “It is a privilege to represent our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen in the coin-toss ceremony…. And it is an honor to thank the NFL commissioner and [...]

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A-10 Strikes are an A+!

January 25, 2009

Being a lazy Sunday morning with no football to look forward to, I decided to surf for something interesting, something “Anything Else.”   Typically, however, certain things always tend to catch my eye.  The latest War on Terror buzz is that Obama is still continuing Bush’s drone policy out in the wilds of Afghanistan — cool, but Big [...]

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Gitmo Conviction

August 6, 2008

Weeping as the verdict was read, Bin Laden’s old driver Salim Hamdan was found guilty of terrorism, not conspiracy, by a six-member military tribunal.  Since he was only convicted on the first count, he’ll probably just have his stay at Gitmo extended for the rest of his life.  US troops found him in a car in Afghanistan in [...]

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We’re Not an Obama Nation Yet, But Try Telling That to His Campaign!

July 22, 2008

One of the major themes of Obama’s trip abroad has been trying to make him look Presidential.  In all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the trip, Obama’s people sometimes forget that he, in fact, is not yet President.  Also, sometimes they have to be reminded of that little detail a second time on the same [...]

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