Victory in Iraq

| November 22, 2008

The Iraq War is over. We won. By every measure, The United States and coalition forces have conclusively defeated all enemies in Iraq, pacified the country, deposed the previous regime, successfully helped to establish a new functioning democratic government, and suppressed any lingering insurgencies. The war has come to an end. And we won. What […]

Of boom sticks and banjos

| November 19, 2008

I’ve owned and/or fired one version or another of every rifle that has been standard issue for the US Army since the 1870s. Of all this wide variety of rifles, without a doubt my favorite has been the M1A, the civilian version of the Army’s venerable M14 which, as you may already know, was replaced […]

Veterans Day

| November 11, 2008

Semper Fi

| November 10, 2008

Happy 233rd birthday to the United States Marine Corps.


| August 30, 2008

It only just occured to me: with my two years as a squad leader in the Army, I have more executive experience than Obama does. Sarah Palin’s years as a decisive mayor and governor — and as a reformer — far outweigh Obama’s history of “present” votes (or absenteeism) during his career as part of […]


| August 19, 2008

Taliban suicide troops attack US forces in Afghanistan, with predictable results. Perhaps they should have watched a training video or two:


| July 9, 2008

You can keep your 12-gauge shotguns. (I’m certainly keeping mine.) They don’t rate with the Tank Cartridge, 120mm, Canister, XM1028.

Above and beyond

| June 30, 2008

In the past I had, from time to time, harbored the hope that I might someday return to the Army, despite the back problem that ended my career. Now, of course, I’m too old and thoroughly broken to get back in. Here’s an amazing story of a soldier who refuses to quit, despite horrific injury: […]

Another perfectly good word I’ve never before used here, and at some point might have used, but. . .

| May 29, 2008

. . . Mike at Cold Fury has used it well enough that I don’t have to: “risible.” (Language alert is in effect.)

Death in the “family”

| May 29, 2008

Korean linguists in the US Army are an extremely rare breed. It’s hard just to qualify for the training; even harder to make it through. There were and are very few of us in the service at any given time, and when I was in, we all knew (or knew of) each other. One of […]

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