Best War Movies of All Time

Over at the Telegraph they have selected the best war movies of all time.  I don’t disagree with any, although there are a couple I would add, to include In Harms Way and Lawrence of Arabia.  Of those on the list I am torn between Zulu and the Bridge Over the River Kwai as being the best.  I have not seen American Sniper or any of the other movies about our current wars, unfortunately the events and what I experienced are too close.

Room In Gross Disorder

Apologies for light posting on my part. I’ve got a lot I’d like to comment on but less time than I need. I’m moving– only 400 yards up the street from where I live now– but since I’m doing it in phases, my rooms are in gross disorder and the connectivity is too. BTW, you know what’s heavy for its size and hard to move? AMMO. Even in small quantities. But it’s worth the effort. And if you’re in the market for a house and need a mortgage, I strongly recommend Brandy Smith at Private Plus. Of course, it goes […]

Blast from the Past

Here is a link to an article I wrote in August 2007 for the Armed Forces Journal International. Clearly Shrek didn’t bother to read it, if he did he didn’t bother to pay attention.  Not surprising as he knows more than anyone.

News and views

Russia rolled out a new tank named the Armata, whose red carpet premier is the Victory Day parade in Moscow. Western leaders decided to snub Russia’s celebration of Victory Day over Russia’s seizure of the Crimea and military adventurism and blackmail. Given Obama’s “Dream Team” of National Security advisors, will America stumble into war with Russia? Meanwhile, back in America, an uproar over Cadets wearing heels at another staged rally. I suppose some would rather have seen them in Michael Kors or Givenchy, but Cadets don’t make that much money. At least the shoes are a bright, offensive shade of Artillery Red! […]

“Pressure Grows on Marines…”

“Pressure Grows on Marines to Consider Lowering Combat Standards for Women.” We report, you decide. I predict General Dunford– who is no “Pontius Pilot“– will stand firm. We can’t afford not to. Question for the American People: Do you want the Marines to be ready when the Nation is least ready? READY, not just willing? Because combat is not for the faint of heart; when it comes we will need forces ready for the challenge, and there won’t be time to re-tool. If your answer is “Yes,” let the Commandant train, organize and equip us for combat. On a related […]

Heard From Today: John Noonan VMI ’03

Well now! They may have been mocked at the time, but the views Mitt Romney articulated on the campaign trail in 2012 about foreign affairs are now considered not just clear-sighted but clairvoyant. He said that the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq was a mistake; that Vladimir Putin was a major threat; and that radical Islam was on the ascent. Romney detailed many of these ideas in a wide-ranging address on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute. That speech was crafted in part by John Noonan, who was recently tapped to be Jeb Bush’s national-security adviser. Sounds like a sharp […]

ISIS Strikes In Afghanistan

Breaking this morning: Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN): A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Saturday, a local government spokesman said. Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, said public health spokesman Najibullah Kamawal. Interestingly, the Taliban disavowed it. Not good news.

British Para Awarded Victoria Cross

A British Para, was awarded the Victoria Cross by the Queen in part for saving the life of American Marine Captain. Three cheers for Lance Cpl. Joshua Leakey.

Weapons Wednesday: FPF Training’s New Offerings

Those who have been around this place for a while know my affinity for John R. Murphy and FPF Training. (If not, check the archives.) It’s worth noting that John has recently revamped his offerings and his site, with what appear to be distinct upgrades to both. Two things caught my eye. The first is the “Pistol vs Rifle” class– This four hour seminar deals with the tactical problems faced by an armed citizen confronted with a criminal armed with a rifle. Topics will be: – Ballistic Disadvantage – Movement and Cover – Marksmanship at Distance – AK Pick up […]

“Huge Paratrooper Jump Today [sic] Over Bragg”

Not today, but rather yesterday, 13 April. Still, highly motivating: More than 2,100 American and British paratroopers will jump into Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday for the start of a massive exercise that marks the next step forward in a unique relationship between the two nations’ airborne units. The Combined Joint Operational Access Exercise is the largest U.S.-U.K. bilateral airborne training operation to take place on Fort Bragg in the last 20 years. It will feature paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team and about 900 paratroopers from the United Kingdom’s 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, […]