How to Break An Officer

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 […]

“Mediocre, Talentless Ideological Fops”

URR brings something to our attention that needs our attention: Author and Middle East expert Barry Rubin gives an unvarnished appraisal of the Obama Administration’s embracing of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Faustian deal with Iran. It goes downhill from there. Or from here. As in, from here on out.

Donald Rumsfeld, A Documentary

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 […]

“Strategic Advice for Congress”

By way of BR F.– not to be confused with “BRF”– comes this: Good strategists always ask of any potential course of action two key questions.  First, what will this do for us?  And second, what will this do to us?  Given the dearth of statesmanly impulse at the national level in modern America, it is perhaps unsurprising that in crafting the recent budget, Paul Ryan and Patty Murray asked only the former question, leaving the latter for others to worry about. The provision at issue retroactively renegotiated the deferred compensation of more than two million military veterans – including […]

Down Goes Fallujah

With a bang, not a whimper. BEIRUT — A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago. The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war. How many soldiers, sailors, airmen and […]

America gives thanks as the World marches to War

Echoing my co-bloggers wishes to each of you, our readers and commenters for a Happy Thanksgiving. Today, America gives thanks while the World marches to war. Whether you liked it or not, America brought security and stability which President Asterisk set out to fundamentally transform. Having surrendered America’s power wherever the human dignity was once held in high regard, and most recently in places where human dignity is notoriously cheap like the Middle East (bet you thought I was going to say Hollywood), there is one area left to be given to America’s sworn enemies: the Pacific. Joe Pappalardo at Popular Mechanics presents scenarios a la Harold […]

Why not make Afghanistan a US state?

I’m starting to believe the “fierce moral urgency” of ending the “good war” in Afghanistan is like Obamacare. Why not make Afghanistan a US state? While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.  

Beirut, 30 Years Ago

URR remembers. Says it better than I can. Go read.

CPT Will Swenson, USA, on Video

You need to see this. I don’t have words to describe it.

Muslim Outrage in Kenya: Where is Pope Urban II When We Need Him?

The Religion of Peace spreads more horror, vile cruelty, and wanton bloodshed. Calling Urban II… or, Grand Master de la Valette. Yes, indeed, the Grand Master would know exactly what to do. UPDATE: The boys at WRSA get it. They understand. The leadership here, in zip code 22202, and on Nebraska and Pennsylvania Avenues, don’t. Or, perhaps they do but don’t want to do anything about it. I shudder to think about it. The grand Republic, brought low by its own hand.