Deserters: CPL Wassef Ali Hassoun surfaces.

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who has been declared a deserter on two separate occasions a decade ago, has turned himself in to U.S. custody and will face charges, the Marines confirmed. The 34-year-old arrived in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to go Monday to Camp Lejeune, N.C., where his case will be adjudicated, according to a Marine spokesman. He had been in the Middle East, the spokesman said. I must say summer is a crazy time of year.  Bring one home and another wants to come back.  Should he be found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty […]

Let’s Arm Terrorists

Well we’re acting in Iraq, indirectly it seems.

Why We Should Not Act

I grew up in the background of the Iraq War.  Many people said then that it was the wrong war.  Truly it was the wrong war if we were going in there to take chemical weapons from a dictator.  The truth of the matter was that Saddam had nothing to do with Al-Qaeda and it’s attack on us.  Some said Bush wanted take out a man that had put a price on his father’s head. Our aims under George W. Bush were quite different.  What I think his vision for Iraq was very clear.  It was to establish a “City […]

Lessons on Leadership

Leaders never blame subordinates because Leaders are responsible for their subordinates’, as well as their own actions and inactions. Meanwhile, Virginia’s Leader awards spoils. Three points to consider: 1) we’ve had a spoils system since the Constitution was ratified and while people profess outrage, they vote incumbent; 2) governors’ political philosophies translate into education philosophies and budgets; and 3) the donor connected to VMI contributed the least. Perhaps those contributing over $100,000 would be so kind as to donate that money to VMI’s English and History professors? Or pay off some keydet loans?  

Hagel threatens China

The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum on Saturday, with the U.S. defense secretary accusing Beijing of destabilizing the region and a top Chinese general retorting that his comments were “threat and intimidation”. Another Obamasque red line has been waved. Will anyone besides our leftist press bother to notice this obvious victory of Progressive Foreign Policy? Hagel did not get the message. Perhaps he should have read the transcript from the President’s commencement speech at West Point before threatening a country that is seeking combat with America. But some folks say that reading one of […]

How to Break An Officer-Bump

Young officers are like moldable clay; they take lessons to heart fast.  Some of them will be amazing, most will be good, and then you will have a lot of bad.  It is easy for them to become enraptured by their own image when they’re doing well; it is even easier for them to fall flat on their face.  How do I know this?  I’ve been there.  When a new officer comes into the FORCE/FLEET he needs to be embraced by the battalion and company level organizations he is a part of.  In the Army we tend to have a […]

When Will the Army Learn, When Will the Army Learn?

I am not surprised that it has come to this.  Having served in the Regular Army, the Army National Guard, and the United States Army Reserve I am well aware of the fear and loathing by the Regular Army and the Army National Guard towards each other. It is hardly a state secret that many Regular Army types do not care for the Reserve Components and in particular the Army National Guard.  For four years as a Department of the Army Civilian I had to listen to the Regular Army Colonel constantly put down the “fat National Guard and Reservists, […]

HASC Chairman Rejects QDR

Yep. WASHINGTON— Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement upon receipt of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) for 2014.  The QDR is a legally required strategy that the Department of Defense must issue every four years.  The statute mandating the QDR includes a series of  elements the review must include. So, now what?

Interesting Perspective

The author contends that reducing the Army will make it and the military stronger; I ask is he right or wrong?  I do ask you read the article first before commenting.  Thanks

USS George Washington will not be retired

The Pentagonian budget wars heat up as the Navy’s counter to the USAF’s threat to retire the A-10, the retirement of the USS George Washington, has been withdrawn. The name of the game is to offer up a capability that is key to strategic, operational or tactical success so that Congress and The People (who pay attention) are so alarmed that additional money is borrowed (usually from our mortal enemies and our great-great-great-great grandchildren) to pay for the capability. The only player in the game who has no clue is the Army. I’d recommend the Army offer up the Green […]