The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Good News about LTC Tim Karcher

I have been waiting to provide another update on LTC Karcher’s progress until I was positive he was out of the woods. He has had a rough road to recovery, but for the first time, his wife’s daily update talked of Tim’s release from the hospital. The trauma of his injury affected nearly every system in his body. He received nearly 200 units of blood and blood products. He was on and off the respirator – several times – and in and out of ICU for weeks. He has had feeding tubes and dialysis and bouts of nausea where he […]

Captain Michael Scott Speicher's remains finally found

Captain Michael Scott Speicher This morning I awoke to the news that the Marines have finally found, and identified, the remains of Desert Storm’s first American Casualty. Commander Speicher’s F/A18 was shot down on the first night of the war in 1991. Controversy has surrounded his whereabouts ever since his aircraft went down. Finally, Michael’s family can bring their son, husband and father home. Rest in Peace Michael and thank you for your service to our country.

This Time the USAF Got It Right

A few weeks ago I had a rant about the United States Air Force, which many took exception to, today I am providing a piece from the Washington Post about how the crew of a C130 Georgia Air National Guard brought home the body of an Army Lieutenant. Here the USAF gets it right.

Another Tim Karcher Update

I had been waiting until I had really good news to post about Tim Karcher. He has been in and out of surgery. He has been in and out of intensive care, on and off the respirator and had repeated dialysis. Tim is hanging in there. Yesterday was a pretty good day and I am hoping that soon I will be able to report that he is out of the woods. Today, Tim’s brother-in-law posted an update as a comment on my previous post. I wanted everyone to see the update, so I have cut and pasted the entry from […]

The Wolfpack – 3d LAR – in Iraq

The Wolfpack is currently patrolling the vast open spaces of Ninewa (or Nineveh) Province in northwestern Iraq. In ancient times, Nineveh was the center of the great Assyrian Empire. Today, it lies on an Iraqi fault line, a place where Sunni, Assyrian Christians and Yezidi and Sunni Kurds intermingle and struggle with each other for control of the oil rich province. Nineveh will play a huge role in Iraq’s future, in politics and in industry. Richard S. Lowry is the author of Marines in the Garden of Eden and The Gulf War Chronicles.

Tim Karcher UPDATE

Colonel Tim Karcher was flown back to the United States last weekend. He is still in intensive care at Walter Reed. We are all praying for his speedy recovery. Tim Karcher – Unsung Hero