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 […]

Material for Thinking

Robert Kaplan whom I first encountered when I read his Balkan’s Ghost prior to deploying to Kosovo in 2000, is in my opinion one of the big thinkers of our age.  Over at Foreign Policy, he has a fascinating article that I urge all to read and think about, entitled Augustine’s World. Syria is the Levant, the geographical core of Late Antiquity. And its disintegration, like the crumbling of Libya, Yemen, and Iraq, along with the chronic unrest in Tunisia and Egypt, signifies not the birth of freedom but the collapse of central authority. Rome could not save North Africa, […]

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

It’s right around midnight here in the Occupied Territories of Northern Virginia. (Where, O Where, is John Mosby when we need him??) On behalf of COL Hank, DaveO, BullNav and young Mr Slater, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2014. This goes double for the boys (and girls) overseas, especially our fellow VMI alumni. May this time next year see them all home, safe and sound, wreathed with the laurels of victory. Lastly– someone’s bringing gifts to RC(SW)… GOOD STORY.

Monday Motivation

Not much of a football fan myself, so I might not have seen this but for our friends at Military.com, God bless ‘em. (Follow the link within for more pics. Yes, they’re worth it.)