So says SIGAR, in the realm of economic development: SIGAR’s chief, John Sopko, told reporters Tuesday, that the agency has opened an “in-depth review” into the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), a Defense Department unit aimed at developing war zone mining, industrial development and fostering private investments. “We have gotten serious allegations about the management and mismanagement of that agency, as well as a policy question about what they were doing and whether they should have existed,” Sopko said. Not “news” in the strict sense, but still disheartening and damning. I did my time in NTMA/CSTC-A, so […]
Thank you to BKPrice for this good news. Master Sgt. Thomas E. Case, an 18th Air Support Operations Group, Tactical Air Control Party member, will receive his second Silver Star during a ceremony Thursday at Pope Field. The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration. The award will be presented to Case for his actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on July 16 and 17, 2009. He is credited with directing combat aircraft engaged in close air support for a joint task force.
Submitted without comment. This too. Both are worth reading. What say you?
Falleth not upon the Soldier, or Marine, or Sailor, or Airman. But on the people who sent him to that beach without water. Here‘s an interesting article by Sebastian Junger who has spent much of his journalistic career embedded among Soldiers to tell their story. The Soldier. . .is a tool. When you hammer a nail as you build a bed frame, what take responsibility for it? The hammer? I would say no. It must be the person hammering the nail. To that effect, the Soldier is a tool, he should not bear the majority of the pain or blame […]
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 […]
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!”
Sad news from Afstan: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/08/05/man-in-afghan-army-uniform-shoots-at-foreign-troops-causing-casualties/
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 […]
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.
Written several days ago but oddly appropriate today– http://time.com/109981/general-wars-afghanistan-iraq-why-we-lost/