The average Sailor's age onboard an aircraft carrier is around 22 years old. To say that the military is a young person's game is an understatement. This means that the armed forces around the world spend millions on ads to recruit young people, most of whom they know will only stay 3-5 years in the … Continue reading Recruitment ads and Syria
Like most military members, I was delighted to hear that James Mattis and Mike Rogers were being considered for key positions in the Trump administration. What you'll hear the next few days is that Mattis is a blood-and-guts Marine and Rogers is an outgoing spook. The media misses the bigger reasons why Trump would want … Continue reading The experts come to roost
I've driven by this place before. Image from Wikipedia. So I'm a veteran. I've even participated in a foreign war...well, a conflict really, since declaring war went out of style in the 1940s. I'm relatively young, with a young family, and fairly active in my community, despite moving every few years. While I'm not that … Continue reading Why I’m not part of the VFW
A woman in the Kurdish military recently shot and killed a senior commander of the self-proclaimed Islamic State who once kept her as a sex slave. After more than 50 people at a Kurdish wedding died in an attack by Islamic terrorists, Turkey finally decided this week to launch a serious assault against the self-proclaimed … Continue reading A True American Ally
Patton: [referring to Rommel's book, 'Infantry Attacks' or 'Infanterie greift an'] Rommel... you magnificent bastard, *I read your book*! Patton 1970 Believe me, I saw and heard this myself: RS McCain Massachusetts Democrats for Brown Jan 18th 2010 If you are a regular reader of The Other McCain you know that Stacy McCain has been … Continue reading Stacy McCain’s Secret hidden in plain sight
All the press right now everywhere is focused on the presidential race but in 100 years the event that is going to be considered most significant in the history of the world from 2016 is this one: Pope Francis and the leader of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church will hold talks in Cuba next week, … Continue reading History being made Pope Francis to meet Russian Patriarch Kirill
by baldilocks A friend asked if Afghanistan was Hindu and/or Buddhist before it was Muslim. Well, 'yes' would be a safe answer, but two other faiths which were prevalent in Afghanistan before Islam were Zoroastrianism and Christianity. From the BBC: Zoroastrians believe there is one God called Ahura Mazda (Wise Lord) and He created the world. Zoroastrians … Continue reading Which Religion Was Afghanistan Before Islam?
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene II The bard's immortal words come to mind when one reads about Gitmo alumnus Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab, (a.k.a. Abu Wael Dihab, a.k.a. Jihad Ahmad Diyab, a.k.a. Abu Ammar, … Continue reading Jihad by any other name is still the same
Note: This is a rant. Proceed accordingly. Back in my much younger, stupider days, I sent Greenpeace a check for $25 of my hard-earned bucks. That was a couple of decades ago. Yes, I recycle; yes, I don't waste water or electricity; yes, I owned a house in a lot that had two dozen trees … Continue reading Time to put Greenpeace vandals out of business UPDATED with before & after photos
First, a definition: mercenary [mur-suh-ner-ee] adjective 1. working or acting merely for money or other reward; venal. 2. hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization, etc. noun, plural mercenaries. 3. a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army. I have been blogging for years on the current administration's dereliction of their … Continue reading Up next: A mercenary army?
by baldilocks It’s a fascinating thing to watch a significant section of the Fundamental Transformation takes place. That section is the United States Armed Force. All the rage—and I do mean rage—right now is the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl was allegedly being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. His “release” was reciprocated … Continue reading No Mistake, Part Two (UPDATED)
by baldilocks Remember Valerie Plame and the outcry which accompanied the “outing" of her name and profession? I do. But now… 11 years after former CIA operative Valerie Plame was deliberately exposed by the Bush administration as the US officials tried to apply pressure on her husband [Joseph Wilson], an American diplomat criticizing the US … Continue reading No Mistake
Book review by Fausta Rodríguez Wertz Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs by Scott McEwen and Richard Miniter, is a gripping read in many ways: It tells the story of a group of men who will give their all to protect our country, from the point of view … Continue reading Book review – Eyes On Target: Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs
Last week, my husband returned from a six month deployment in Afghanistan. So politics haven't been on my mind much. Mostly, we’ve just enjoyed family time. The separation is hard, but reunion is the reward. With hubby still cleaning the moon dust off his boots, I got a little curious. How is it going over there? And … Continue reading A Puzzled Housewife Researches the War in Afghanistan
Prepare to be depressed, I'm about to talk about Afghanistan. I'm one of those people who think we actually have several active and inactive reasons to remain in the country. 1. I think we need to eradicate the Taliban on both sides of the border, they are allies and enablers of Al Qaeda. 2. I … Continue reading The Price of Withdrawal and the Price of Staying