Category Archives: Afghanistan

War Sycophants and ROTC Kids

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Tom Ricks lecture at Arizona State University.  In his retirement as a defense reporter he is a Fellow at Center on the Future of War.  He currently writes the Foreign Policy Blog: … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, China, Diplomacy, Friends & Allies, Marine Corps, Mattis, NATO, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

When you get overpaid, you pay it back

When 10,000 Soldiers get overpaid while in the National Guard because the Pentagon and the NGB made a mistake.  Why should they have to pay it back.  We all remember during the height of the war how the bonuses were … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Iraq, Leadership, Readiness, The Long War, Uncategorized, Veterans' Issues | 7 Comments

Damning Critique of the U S Military

A particularly insightful article over at Tom Rick’s blog site on the the failure of American leadership in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  It damns the idea we have the war one year at a time and takes to tasks the … Continue reading

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Three Airmen to be Decorated for Valor

GREAT. STORY. On Wednesday, the Air Force will award three prestigious valor combat decorations to its three combat controllers in the battle, service officials said. Senior Airman Dustin H. Temple will receive the rare and prestigious Air Force Cross, which … Continue reading

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It’s Harry Flashman’s Birthday, Damn Your Eyes!

Happy birthday to Sir Harry Flashman, the greatest soldier that never lived! A man unparalleled in history for amorality, debauchery and gross cowardice– and we love him for it. (If you haven’t read the novels, put them on your list. … Continue reading

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Army (Wisely) Decides to Retain SF NCO Who Confronted Afghan Child Rapist

VERY wisely. In a stunning reversal, the U.S. Army decided late Thursday to retain a decorated Green Beret it had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander accused of raping a boy over the course … Continue reading

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Good News Stories from the Marine Corps

First, USMC0802 sent this in under the heading, “[SecNav] gets kicked in the nuts by Congress”: “I’ve been on this committee for a year and I don’t think I’ve seen a more outrageous or ill-advised order from the service secretary … Continue reading

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