The Burden of War

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 […]

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.