The changing face of war

The greatest horror stories take place in your mind. H. P. Lovecraft planted suggestions, such as the renewed vigor of Robert Suydam that grew into terror at the discovery of mysterious clawmarks on the body of his wife in “The Horror at Red Hook.” Artillery is most effective because it invisible in action, but its affect morally devastates those who survive. We respect and fear snipers for this same reason. Facing your enemy decreases the senses of horror and helplessness. Whether in the boxing ring or on the battlefield, a face is humanizing, and humans can be defeated, especially non-Americans. But the […]

Failure To Lead: The Islamic State Ascends

I recently shared amongst the five of us the first dispatch from VICE News on the Islamic State.  If you don’t have HBO, fear not VICE News posts everything onto their website and youtube channel.  Where these guys go makes Michael Yon look an amateur of epic proportions.  They go and get the story, for you and I. Today the top American Advisor in Iraq, LTGEN Mick Bednarek, was quoted saying: “This is not just an Iraqi issue. This is not just a regional issue. This is a common enemy issue that we’ve got to address.” Remember the $100M that went […]

The Great War In Modern Memory Begins

From the New Yorker a wonderful essay on the war poets and World War I.

The Shape of the Drawdown

So far the shape of the drawdown only affects us the plebeians of the American Warrior Society: the junior and field grade officers, junior Soldiers and Lower Non-Commissioned officers.  What I’ve been saying is that the Army has not been serious like the Marine Corps has by offering Early retirement.  The current 15 year retirement only pertains to those with enlister and commissioned service.  The current Reduction In Force some could say was looked at strategically. I would say that it has not.  Just barely has it reached the Field Grade Level.  Majors and Lieutenant Colonels just had the OSBs […]

Douglas MacGregor: Make the Army even smaller!

Col (R) MacGregor is arguing that the Army needs to get smaller.  Supposedly members of congress are listening.  One thing I don’t agree with is the dismantling of the Brigade Combat team.  That transformation that took place under Rumsfeld although done very painfully is a good thing.  Brigades are self-sustaining.  The negative with that in the last decade of war you have not seen Division headquarters actually have to maneuver the entire formation.  But what is even more fun is that MacGregor wants to eliminate divisions and make small formations of “Battle Groups,”  the description sounds like a BCT to […]

From Pentagon to Triangle

Anti-Pentagonian populism. More, please.

VMI Needs to be Left of Bang

What does that mean? It does not mean it needs to control the narrative, but that is an added plus. VMI is out there to teach young ladies and young gentlemen to be leaders in this harsh world. If VMI cannot be left of the bang, how can it teach cadets to be leaders that can analyze situations in a way that they identify solutions and stay a step ahead. That is what being left of bang is: a step ahead. The reason why I said it did not mean to control the narrative was specifically because of what occurred […]

What Say Yeah, Should Our Military Leaders Swing From The Yardarm?

Interesting piece core at Best Defense. 

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 […]

Book Review: “Virginia’s Ring” Round 2

After having been badgered by LinkedIn to purchase Lynn Seldon ’83s book, it was supposed to be a signed copy, I suppose.  Didn’t receive one of those from Amazon.  You can read Townie76′s review here. Like many before me I read “The Lords of Discipline” before attending VMI.  That was not the only Pat Conroy book that I’ve read.  He wrote several novels that are attached to the Citadel, he was a great high school basketball player and wrote a book about his experience as a Citadel basketball player titled: “My Losing Season,” and another book titled “South of Broad.” […]