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American Response to Afghan Quran Incident a Show of Weakness

American Response to Afghan Quran Incident a Show of Weakness

In a world where every aberrant act, every self-inflicted malady, and every vice is considered an epidemic, we most certainly need to add to this list the act of prostrating oneself and, by extension, his country for every single assumed

Obama Seeks New Ways to Insult the American Warrior Community!

While I understand that only a fraction of the population of this nation is directly affected by what you are about to read, I would never-the-less like to remind you that the remainder of the population is affected coincidentally. While

New York Times Laments Income Loss for Afghan Businesses

After ten years of nearly constant derision, complacency toward force protection, and convenient ignorance of policies that have caused death and injury to thousands of American Servicemen, The New York Times took the time to write about the loss of

US – Taliban Talks May Lead to Gitmo Detainees' Return to Afghanistan

This week, STRATFOR reported that secret talks between US officials and the Taliban, which have purportedly been underway for sometime, have now reached a critical juncture. According to the story, tentative agreements about the disposition of EPW Taliban at the

Analyzing Egypt's "Wondrous" Transformation

Does anyone still remember when the proponents of the “Arab Spring” erupted with glee over the prospect of a “blossoming democracy” in the midst of tyranny in Egypt? How about the thunderous applause and shrieks of adulation when the “rebels”

Karzai's Gauntlet; Unfortunate Rambling or Veiled Truth?

For well over two years now I and others, have been questioning the wisdom of conducting a Counter Insurgency effort in the center of an ideologically monolithic society. The problem with COIN is that it assumes a much flatter playing

Al-Awlaki Exterminated And Ron Paul Mourns!

There are many things for which President Obama will be held accountable in the 2012 election. He initiated, approved of and presided over many decisions which have been and will be injurious to the economy of this country and it’s

Can We Trust Our Pakistani and Afghan Allies?

In the war of ideologies, there is no more frustrating battle than the battle for truth. In the battle for truth, there is no more frustrating effort than trying to enlighten the hard-headed. Our enemy has been telling us for

Legitimizing Cold Blooded Murderers; The New Rave!

There is barely a day that passes without the drone-like reminder that the world we now live in is riddled with the carnage left by the blood lusting and demonically influenced hordes in our midst. One would think that after

Remembering: On The Tenth Anniversary Of 9/11.

( I was asked to deliver some comments to a crowd that will gathering to memorialize the events of 9/11/2001. Unfortunately I will not be present to deliver them but I wanted to get these out in advance of the

Re-Analyzing the 'World Saving' Arab Spring…That Wasn't!

The “Islam is a religion of peace” and the “world peace” crowds have been spouting about the beauty and hope of the “Arab Spring” phenomenon for months now. Even after the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt went back on their word

Did Our Counterinsurgency Strategy Lead To The Death Of Those Navy SEALs?

Monday morning quarterbacking combat from the operational vantage point continues to be the preferred parlor game for those without prior service or specific experience in combat operations – anywhere, or anytime. There have been many stories and even more commentators

Two Oaths And Our Failures In Afghanistan

Those who know me well enough, know I bleed red blood cells branded with United States Marine Corps emblems. It also follows that as a Marine, I take my Oath very seriously. I have only taken two Oaths; one to

The Specter of Success In COIN? But For Whom?

Juxtaposition is a literary expression of the side-by-side positioning of incongruent terms or ideas. Politics and culture seem to do this as a matter of the normal transaction of day to day business; suggesting that certain ideas or arguments make

The Murder Of Our Soldiers In Afghanistan

Yesterday, Wednesday 04/27/2011, Matt Lauer did us proud. He asked the question that the Media has thus far not dared to ask; is there anything to these incidences involving Afghan National Soldiers and Police turning their weapons on their American

Obama's Cowardly Prostration Vs. American 'Gunboat' Diplomacy

We may have found the actual answer to the question, why we involved ourselves in Libya. Prognosticators and armed chair generals will give you a laundry list of reasons legitimizing yet one more incursion into a region entirely hostile to

The Enemy You Know Is Better Than The Enemy You Refuse To Know

The big question looming since a coalition of UN nations began airstrikes inside Libya last week is, why? While the carefully crafted answer to that question revolves around a concern for the civilian population there, no one has adequately explained

Double Minded Justice; Sgt Larry Hutchins Ordered Back to Prison

If denying Air and Artillery support to our Forces as they are under fire is a reprehensible act, prosecuting those same Warriors for ‘war crimes’ against an incalcitrant and murderous band of thugs is the very definition of an evil