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Andrew Breitbart: A Brother in Arms

Andrew Breitbart: A Brother in Arms

I didn’t want to write this because I didn’t want to believe it. How can a force of such indomitable will be gone? I call Andrew Breitbart a brother in arms, not because he served–he didn’t–but because he fought for

Karzai's Brother Killed In Kandahar

WOW! This is a huge event and it could shake up all of the cunning plans currently underway in Afghanistan by all concerned parties. Ahmed Wali Karzai (AWK) was the main power broker in southern Afghanistan and deeply involved with

Obama Reelection Trumps Strategy In Afghanistan

Sadly Obama has made my warning in this video (one deserved f-bomb at the end) from just after his inauguration come true . He had no intention of fighting to victory in Afghanistan, only covering his political ass. He needs

DADT Repeal Not A Moral Decision

There is a post up earlier today today here at Big Peace that questions the wisdom of repealing DADT, which is a perfectly fine thing to question. But in doing so the author, a Reserve NCO, decides that DADT is

Teenagers Our Secret Weapon In Afghanistan?

Well that would sure be a pleasant surprise. Jim Hake and the folks at Spirit of America are testing the concept and it seems to have legs. As the US was zeroing in on Bin Laden, we were organizing a

What Axl Rose Can Teach Us About Fighting in Libya

In the words of that timeless philosopher Axl Rose. “What’s so civil about war anyway?” [youtube E9VhD4SccSE] My hands are tied For all I’ve seen has changed my mind But still the wars go on as the years go by

Russia Still Believes They Are A Superpower

While we are busy cutting our military budget the Russians are following the lead of the Chinese and building up. Moscow – The graying bear is getting a make-over. Russia’s military is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times,

Psyops on Senators in Afghanistan? Not Hardly

First a juicy bit to whet the appetite. This is from the military investigation that got the guy, LTC Holmes, who is accusing the military of using Psychological Operations against US Senators, and his female subordinate MAJ Levine booted from

New Commander for Pipehitters Local #69

General Votel in the field JSOC, Joint Special Operations Command, is the guys who get out of the black helicopters and scarf up bad guys or sometimes simply ventilate them and allow them to return to room temperature. They are

Ronald W. Reagan

In his day he was reviled in ways that George W. Bush could commiserate about. He was denigrated as just an actor, a lightweight, an extremist and many other insults. And yet now he is revered by most including many

Women in Combat Units- Oh! Hell! No!

The current argument over women in combat units is gonna be a long and lively scrap, so strap in. Deebow led off nicely noting the simple fact that the law of tonnage applies in combat. Women are not as big

Chinese J20 Stealth Fighter: Time To Freak Out?

The Chinese rolled out a fighter jet designated as the J-20 for a test which is fueling speculation about whether this is their fifth generation stealth fighter. While nobody can answer that definitively, it raises a pretty important question. If

UN Maps Show Security Deteriorating in Afghanistan

There have been some arguments recently about the relative security in parts of Afghanistan. The Obama administration has made claims of military success since beginning the mini-Surge, but internal UN maps showing a decrease in the security status came out

Implementing DADT- Devil's in the Details

Gays can now serve openly in the military, but what the heck does that actually mean? Can they serve as Grand Marshal in the Gay Pride parade, and will there be one of those on base? Will we see a

OMG: There Are Gays in the Military

There have been gays in the military for as long as we have had one. They just had to pretend they weren’t gay. They were banned because there was a time when too many of our troops were uncomfortable enough

Obama's Afghan War Review- More Kinetic Ops

The Obama administration has released its year long review of progress in the Afghan War and there are a number of points being seized upon for discussion. One is the fact that we have conducted large numbers of raids and

WikiLeaks- The Technical Problem

I know more than your average knuckle dragger about cybersecurity and the technical issues around the WikiLeaks debacle. Full disclosure, I work with a software company that has engineered and is currently building a secure collaboration product that could significantly

We Need a Defense Against a 'Swarm' Terrorist Attacks

John Arquilla is the Director of the Information Operations Center at the Naval Post Graduate School. He is a serious thinker and analyst who specializes in networked warfare, both technology-wise and tactically. There is a lot to be said for

Obama Foreign Policy- Stuck in the 80's?

Jackson Diehl has a piece in the WaPo noting that Obama’s foreign policy would be a much better fit back in the 80’s. For help understanding the foreign policy headlines of the past week, let’s return, briefly, to the spring

How Are Those Civilian Terror Trials Working?

Not at all. The first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court was acquitted on Wednesday of all but one of more than 280 charges of conspiracy and murder in the 1998 terrorist bombings of the United

American National Security & Job Security

There is a necessary and comforting focus on cutting government spending here in DC. The orgy of excess over the past two years has caused that and obviously the biggest budgets attract the most attention. The Defense Department has a

Time for Sec Def Gates to Hit the Bricks

One of Obama’s moves early on that gave me some hope he was not a complete muppet on foreign policy, was keeping Gates on as Sec Def. That hope changed into disgust as it became apparent that all the Obama

The United Nations & Rape

If you tried to decide what the main function of the UN was, you would have a tough choice between corruption and rape. If you follow the exploits of the world’s conscience, then you see a path polluted by bloated

Diversity is Not a Military Necessity

Diversity as defined and used by the professional left is complete unmitigated horse crap. It is s cudgel they use to bash the racist, sexist neanderthals who stand in the way of their crusade. You see until every group of

Obama Pushing to Reduce American Power

There is an effort underway to change America’s preeminent position as the world’s sole super power. We never really aimed for that role, but so be it. The parties who want to have a post-American power structure are both external

Our Drug War & Unconnected Terror Dots

Our long-ago-lost war on drugs has been interfering with our national security and international relations for decades. The puritanical drive to eradicate the evil plants and substances that ensnare our innocent children would be comical if the costs weren’t so

Obama Puts Political Tool in National Security Job

President Obama has no experience in the national security arena. He seems to consider it an inconvenience distracting him from his mission of fundamentally transforming America into a humble social democracy. But up until now he has at least kept

Killing Germans in Pakistan or Anywhere Else

This really shouldn’t be all that surprising. The bad guys we have been turning into stains all over the Pakistani border areas have passports from just about every breeding swamp filled with the foul miasma of Wahabbist hate preaching. Wow,

Euro Terror Attacks on the Way?

We now have an official government action on the purportedly planned attacks showing that we are getting our money’s worth. The State Department issued a highly unusual “Travel Alert” Sunday for “potential terrorist attacks in Europe,” saying U.S. citizens are

John Brennan's Gotta Go

I am not a John Brennan fan so it takes near zero effort to get behind a call by a well-respected group of national security professionals calling for the exit of Obama’s CounterTerror chief. The simple reason is that we