Thirty-one years ago, TODAY. As of early September, Marine security guards are again manning Post One in Beirut. From their perch in the lobby they screen building visitors and, most importantly, safeguard classified information for the first time since the 1980s. The post holds profound significance for Marines young and old. The embassy there was bombed in 1983 and again in 1984. But the most vicious attack occurred in October 1983 when a suicide bomber in an explosive-laden truck destroyed the Marine Corps barracks at the Beirut airport killing 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. Official investigations would later […]
WE STAND WITH CANADA. The fight goes on. It knows no boundaries or borders. We’d best understand it and get ready for it here. Of particular note to this blog and much of its readership– the soldier who was on guard at the War Memorial and subsequently killed, was a reservist, a citizen-soldier. One of us. Here’s his regiment. I served in Kabul with several Canadians. Good men, all. They stood with us. We stand with them.
Not sure if I shall bother reading this new biography of George Marshall, but here is a review of it in the New Republic. Concluding paragraph says a lot about George Marshall the man: For a military man, Marshall’s heroism was peculiar. It did not arise from his conduct on the battlefield. It arose from his modesty, including “a modest daily schedule that often ended at three or four o’clock in the afternoon” and his avoidance “of lucrative corporate board memberships so commonly available to retired high military officers in our more avaricious times.” Most importantly, Marshall’s modesty flowed from […]
Just a little humor for a Monday. (Yes, it appeared Friday but I didn’t have the chance to post it until now.) The video, titled “Marines peeing on navy pilot” has already gone viral, prompting a sharp rebuke from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel… But seriously– welcome back General, and congratulations. What took you so long??
Good article over at the Daily Telegraph on life aboard a Royal Navy Monitor during the Gallipoli campaign.
According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, VMI along with UVA and VA Tech’s salaries are out of line with their peer institutions. VMI’s resident flack provided this answer to the Times Dispatch, None of the schools fits easily into the “cookie cutter” cohort used to make the comparisons, VMI spokesman Stewart MacInnis said in an interview. “The report’s trying to fit everybody into a certain hole. And we don’t fit more than others don’t fit.” The U.S. military academies are the only applicable comparison for VMI, which is the smallest of the state’s 15 four-year schools, with 1,700 cadets “who […]
The 4th Estate, also known as news media, has had a tradition of both a liberal (change-promoting) editorial bent and being the opposition party to whomever is in power. America’s journalism business has a checkered past, with its William Randolph Heart’s Yellow Journalism, and Walter Duranty’s prize-winning [un-]reporting of conditions inside the USSR. In terms of national security and foreign affairs, journalist would tell you why the F-35 is like the Great Wall of China (answer: neither leave the earth, both cost a lot, and were overcome by new technology before completion), or why a treaty was or wasn’t in America’s […]
Based on the untoward happenings in Dallas, et al., what analysis and commentary can you provide? What do we need to know that is either not being reported at all, or perhaps isn’t being well reported? I say this not out of alarm or panic, but to set out some facts and place them in context.
Op-For stalwart George W. wrote in suggesting this for a post, a major story that’s been overshadowed by the Ebola fiasco– “Report: U.S. kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq.” What say we? Does anyone have first knowledge or experience?
SMA Chandler practicing what he preaches…