Another amazing story of valor. “Perhaps the Chinese are all fatalists,” he said “I never expected to survive the war. So I was adamant that my death be honorable, be spectacular,” he said. That’s just a little of it. Read it ALL, please.
Sixty-nine years ago today. As John R. Murphy said earlier today of those who went ashore and those who went inshore, “They did not flinch.”
During a discussion of Jed Babbin’s commentary on the SecAF, the talk changed from a discussion Captain Thomas J. Hudner’s attempt to save Ensign Jesse L. Brown to a comparison of MiGs and Sabre-jets over Korea to the air war over Vietnam and Pardo’s Push.
It is also, to an immense extent, the disease of a generation—the generation which was either young or unborn at the end of the last war. This is as true of Englishmen, Frenchmen, and Americans as of Germans. It is the disease of the so-called “lost generation.” Sometimes I think there are direct biological factors at work—a type of education, feeding, and physical training which has produced a new kind of human being with an imbalance in his nature. He has been fed vitamins and filled with energies that are beyond the capacity of his intellect to discipline. He has [...]
As many of you know, I am fascinated by the history of World War I. I have been since my first semester in graduate school, when I took a seminar entitled, “Europe in the Age of World War I.” This course taught by the formidable professor of European history at James Madison University, Dr. Catherine Boyd sought to guide us to understand why the European powers stumbled, bumbled, and fumbled their way war; and why despite all evidence to contrary continued to fight a war of attrition. Like historians before and since there was no easy answer. Dr. Margaret MacMillian, [...]
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 [...]
1714, 1814, 1914, and now 2014? Around the thirteenth year of each century, the nations of the world find it necessary to engage in warfare (economic, diplomatic, and military/naval) so intense that the world order gets upset worse than the BCS rankings every other Saturday. And like OU’s decisive and enjoyable thrashing of Bama, the underdog plays the game of its life against the respected favorite. This is the cycle of time. Professor Margaret MacMillan, of the University of Cambridge, writing for the Brookings Institute makes the argument that today’s economic, political and military environment finds our world looking at [...]
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, [...]
What– you ain’t got nothing better to do on a Christmas Eve?? Duffel Blog pays (a hilarious) tribute. John Farnam pays his own fine tribute, which I just received by email and reprint here almost in its entirety: Comments on the life of Kalashnikov: When confronted, innumerable times, by air-headed Western journalists (is there another kind?) with regard to his AK-47 rifle and it ubiquity, Kalashnikov always replied with some variation of: “I sleep well. It’s politicians who are to blame for failing to come to agreement and resorting to violence.” In context, Kalashnikov was a patriot, who did his [...]
Mikhail Kalashnikov– perhaps you’ve heard of him– has assumed room temperature. WRSA has two links. Love him or his gun, or hate ‘em both, his (their?) influence has been profound. As for me, I think the AR is a much more comfortable and easy gun to shoot and run, but I’ll own up to a deep admiration for the AK and its peculiar qualities. I bought one in ’08 to train with for my pending deployment to Afghanistan and, while I figured I’d come away with a solid respect for it, I didn’t think I’d like it as much as [...]