The Day Our World Stopped Turning

As the junior member of the group I haven’t really reflected on this today.  11 September 2001, I was in the seventh grade.  12 years old, mom almost kept us home, but the college decided they were going to push and she dropped us off at school.  I honestly don’t know if she got much work done that day. As much as my teachers may have wanted it to remain normal, they exacerbated the issue by not playing the news for us that day.  We’d all watched the beginning with the towers smoking, I didn’t see either collapse until that […]

Items From (and Thanks to) Our Loyal Readers

One of the best parts of this blog is receiving notes from our loyal, regular, readers. Two came in recently with links that deserve some air time. MikeB 73 sent in a great photo essay on the withdrawal from Af’stan. Parker Longbaugh sent in a somber update on a tragic event at VMI. To all of you, from all of us, thanks and appreciation for making this little climb up the hill of science a noble pursuit. As I often reply to those who write in, “Visit often, leave comments, spread the word!”

RIP, Major General Harold Greene, USA

Sad news from Afstan: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/05/man-in-afghan-army-uniform-shoots-at-foreign-troops-causing-casualties/  

Curiosities

Who is America’s negotiator with the Taliban? Are we also negotiating with AQ? Are we negotiating with terrorist groups in the Philippines and/or Thailand? What are they getting from the White House? Why won’t the White House negotiate with Congress? Not enough beards? Why these particular 5 Taliban? Who read their dossiers and agreed that lesser capable detainees in Gitmo would not suffice? These 5 were key lieutenents of Mullah Omar in seizing control of Afghanistan during the anarchy following the defeat of Najibullah and the Communists. Despite the internet uproar, is there actually sufficient unimpeachable evidence of crimes or will […]

Bergdahl: an alarming case of tone deafness

Here’s the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? Bergdahl’s platoon mates are now ‘psychopaths‘ and swiftboaters: 2014′s equivalent to 1974′s ‘baby-killers.’ It is an alarming case of tone deafness in response to criticism of l’affaire Bergdahl.  

“Why We Lost” … ?

Written several days ago but oddly appropriate today– http://time.com/109981/general-wars-afghanistan-iraq-why-we-lost/  

Taliban free US POW

In a statement, President Barack Obama said Bergdahl’s recovery “is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield.” Ambassador Chris Stevens couldn’t be reached for comment.   Update: is SGT Bergdahl’s father collaborating with the Taliban?

1 shot = 6 kills

1 shot = 6 kills for British sniper at a 1/2 mile.

“Marine Kyle Carpenter will receive MoH for heroism in Afghanistan”

Nothing short of amazing. William Kyle Carpenter, a Marine Corps veteran who was severely wounded during a November 2010 grenade attack in Afghanistan, will receive the nation’s highest combat valor award later this year, Marine Corps Times has learned. Carpenter, a 24-year-old medically retired corporal, will become the service’s third Medal of Honor recipient from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which date back to October 2001. The Marine Corps is finalizing plans with the White House for a ceremony in Washington, officials said. Read about him. Nothing short of amazing.

Donald Rumsfeld, A Documentary

I ran across the trailer for the Documentary: The Unknown Known.  The title of the documentary comes from a DoD briefing in February of 2002 when he famously said: “There are known knowns.”  It was directed by Academy Award winner Errol Morris whom also directed The Fog of War, which was an excellent documentary about the life of Robert McNamara. I’m unsure how I will take this, I grew up in the shadow of war following, 11 SEP 2001.  However, I will say I was well read, knowing of the Neo-Conservative movement and all of the folks that were in […]