From NPR, the almost definitive guide to the language of the troops.
Like the old Canadian Ross rifle we had in our office at Camp Eggers, if these field guns could talk I bet they’d have a story to tell. In 2003 a British Colonel found two British WWI 18 pounder field guns hidden in the desert sand at an Iraqi Army base. The guns were taken back to Britain and BAE restored them back to “service condition”. NEAT-O.
As I was checking my email, I looked at my linkedIn discussions, a title hooked me in from the US Army Armor and Cavalry group. The discussion is about the “Myth of the Savior Generals” and the adoption of counter-insurgency tactics and how General Petraeus became that savior. As you dig deeper into the review of COL Gian Gentile’s book on his use of Counter-Insurgency doctrine: Then-Lt. Col. Gentile referred to FM 3-24 as a “superb piece of doctrinal writing”, and felt that its middle chapters were particularly useful for commanders in Iraq. However, he heaped scorn upon a section of the [...]
Ten years on. What say we?
For several years, Rebecca Frankel has been writing a weekly column about War Dogs and their contributions to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is a link to her latest installment. I have for a number of years believed that our military ought to have a way to officially recognize the heroism of these dogs. I also am of the belief that we owe them a great deal and that our nation can afford to care for them when they are no longer able to serve as Military Working Dogs. As soldiers their only fault is they are loyal to a [...]
Neither the United States nor the United Kingdom understands their history! Given the shock of both liberals (e.g. Tony Blair) and neo-conservatives (William Kristol) to the events unfolding in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, they should take pause in urging the United States to involve itself in the affairs of Syria. In the United States Government there are those who think intervening to end the violence is Syria is the right and proper course. Of course most have never served in uniform. Most can speak about the absolutes of counter insurgency having never had to make it work. Most believed that democracy [...]
And so it ends. Here’s one retrospective. I leave it to you to add yours. Feel free.
The governments of the United States and Iraq failed to reach an agreement on a continued presences of US troops in Iraq post December 31, 2011. Here is a link to the Washington Post story. Comment: Good for the Iraqi government. It is their country, we invaded, we deposed Saddam, we have spend billions of dollars and countless lives doing all we can. Will Iraq become a stooge for Iran, probably. Will it experience a Civil War, most likely as it divides into at least two countries perhaps three. Will the Middle East be less or more stable–probably in the [...]
Mr. Coerr, whose Ten Years Gone” was published at the Small Wars Journal Blog (22 June 2011), is a well thought out, and compelling narrative. I would properly classify it as being revisionist history; I do not use that in a pejorative sense, rather use it as compliment. He challenges accepted interpretations of the Kennedy years in order to link President Kennedy to President Obama and the similarities of their conduct of foreign policy. While I agree with much of what he says, I have problems with other aspects. However the purpose of this essay is not to critique Mr. [...]
Against my own better judgment, I watched POTUS’s speech on Iraq tonight. I did not come away inspired. “”Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest, it is in our own,” Obama said… NO! THE WAR IS NOT OVER. The combat phase of this campaign might have been declared over, but The War goes on– it predates 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq. What is our plan to wage it and win it? “”The United States has paid a huge price to put the future of Iraq in the hands of its people.”” That is true, but nowhere that I could [...]