The Great Train Beat-Down

This story, I tell you, is truly inspiring. I turn (improbably for me) to the NYT— Alek Skarlatos, a specialist in the National Guard from Oregon vacationing in Europe with a friend in the Air Force, Airman First Class Spencer Stone and another American, Anthony Sadler, looked up and saw the gunman. Mr. Skarlatos, who was returning from a deployment in Afghanistan, looked over at the powerfully built Mr. Stone, a martial arts enthusiast. “Let’s go, go!” he shouted. Mr. Stone went after the heavily armed gunman and, with his friends, pounded him to the floor of the train carriage…. […]

Don’t Worry, Europe– We’ll Keep Defending You

Off-duty American servicemen subdue Moose-Limb loon bent on murder and mayhem. AMERICA, F YEAH.  

“That Went Well”

Or not. The Pentagon has been slowly recruiting and training rebels to fight against the Islamic State in Syria. A contingent of U.S.-trained rebels was recently taken prisoner very shortly after entering the country, and the wheels continue to fall off the rebel trainee program… I have no comment. But you may add your own.

“Middle Eastern Men” vs American Military Families?

Looks like it, here on U.S. soil. The [FBI] alert says Middle Eastern men are approaching families of U.S. military members at their homes in Colorado and Wyoming [emphasis added]. It mentions Greeley, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, as the specific areas. There is a straightforward two-step plan military families can implement to solve this menace, should they be faced with it. The tools and the training are readily available in most American states. (Step Two involves calling 911.)

Gun-Day Monday: Malfeasance and Misfeasance

“Unreal: Gun Used in Terror Attack on Mohammed Cartoon Contest Sold Through Operation Fast and Furious” It turns out [murderous heathen Nadir] Soofi purchased his gun under the Holder Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious back in 2010. … In other words, ATF and the FBI pushed through a shady gun sale that ultimately was used in a terror attack against Americans on U.S. soil. So, if I get it right, this Federal government of ours is allowing adversaries on our soil to arm themselves illegally– enabling them, actually– but “not ruling out” prosecuting a U.S. military officer for defending himself […]

August 2, 1990

On this day in 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, within a few days, VMI alumni in the 82nd and USMC were standing as a thin shield in the desert. The defense of Saudi Arabia, retaking of Kuwait and defeat of Hussein was part of a continuum of combat experienced by VMI alumni of the 1980s and 1990s. There was Grenada. Then Panama in December of 1989. With Noriega’s capture and the collapse of the Soviet Empire, also known as the Warsaw Pact, some VMI Keydets wondered if they’d ever see combat. Then came August 2, 1990. Followed by Somalia and […]

A Court-Martial for the Navy Officer Who Fought Back??

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY? Please keep an eye on this, and write your Congressional representatives if SecNav persists in this injustice. LCdr White shouldn’t be court-martialed; he should be decorated and promoted.   (This news item came by way of the redoubtable GW’64, and many thanks to him.)

Mullah Omar: Is He or Isn’t He

Dead? Maybe.

IS-AQ-Taliban turn to India

An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan’s lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world.” The only way to do that is to go nuclear. And since Iran will sell nukes to fellow Islamofascists, thank you John Kerry and Barack Obama,  the future is going to be quite deadly in India. China will be pleased.

Marines “Ran Back Into The Fight”

Here’s a lot more detail on the Chattanooga attack, more than I’ve seen reported thus far: A military official says several troops “ran back into the fight” after getting their colleagues to safety during an attack in Chattanooga that left four Marines and a sailor dead. Maj. Gen. Paul W. Brier, commanding general of the 4th Marine Division, said during a news conference Wednesday in Chattanooga that there were 20 Marines and two Navy corpsman inspecting equipment at a joint Marine-Navy facility when the attack happened on Thursday. Brier says the troops “reacted the way you would expect” during an […]