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War: Deadly Kabul Hospital Attack

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Never-Ending Afghanistan We may have gone to war in Afghanistan in 2001 to destroy Bin Laden and al Qaeda, but yesterday’s deadly attack on a military hospital in Kabul which killed 30 and wounded 50, was staged by ISIS, our newest enemy there. Our actual “enemy of note” isn’t even ISIS but rather the Taliban, who […]

This Evening at Iwo

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Sunset, Saturday, March 4, 2017

DC Gem, Revealed

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Last week I posted this beautiful image asking for ideas where it might be located. Today, the answer. The Second Infantry Division is known as “Indianhead” or 2ID. The Second was created in 1917 in France and fought at Belleau Wood, Chateau-Thierry, the Aisne and Saint Mihiel. During WWII, they came ashore at Normandy and […]

Walk-About: An Obvious Gem

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My third career has made a walker of me, first for work and now for exercise and pleasure, as well. Though I never would have guessed it before, there are few places I need to go in the city that are farther away then a 75-minute brisk walk. If you would have asked me how […]

Step Right Up: Your Jew Free Holocaust

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“An Incredibly Inclusive Group” Today’s news may be dominated by Trump’s bungled attempt to institute a religiously based ban on Muslims entering the US, but as New York Magazine (NYM) points out, the White House offered up a  “Jew-less Holocaust Remembrance” on Friday, a nice bit of airbrushing. Perhaps the team over at the White […]

Afghaniscam: Send in the Marines?

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Abdul Ali Shamsi, a brave young Afghan, who was also serving as deputy governor in the Taliban-laced Kandahar Province, was killed along with ten other people when explosives detonated inside a supposedly secure guest house during a reception for visiting Arab dignitaries. Here is how the NYT describes the remainder of […]

Wall of Honor, One Spot Left

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MIA That’s Miami International Airport, not Missing In Action, though it could apply. I was walking through the airport yesterday, something I have done many times, when I (finally) noticed what is a very public war memorial, dedicated to Miami/Dade area soldiers who have died since 9/11 in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s right in the […]

Leadership: The Day After the Day (Of Infamy)

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December 8, 1941 The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December was a rude wake-up call for Admiral Husband Kimmel and General Walter Short, the Navy and Army commanding officers there. Both had been individually and repeatedly warned of the imminent danger of war. Yet, they did little to prepare and seldom […]

“America’s Most Alarming Story”

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The Bear Interferes The Washington Post has an opinion piece by Eric Chenoweth,  co-director of the Institute for Democracy in Eastern Europe, upbraiding us collectively for our failure to be appropriately outraged at Putin’s supposed meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Chenoweth suggests we should have mouths agape at “the successful effort by a hostile foreign […]

Boots on the Ground: Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton

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Killed on Thanksgiving Chief Scott Dayton was killed on Thanksgiving Day as part of US Special Forces fighting ISIS in Syria. The Times reports that he died in “Ayn Issa, a town halfway between Raqqa and the Turkish border.” Dayton is the first publicly disclosed US casualty in Syria. Special Forces are training and preparing […]

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