Tag Archives: war

Leadership: The Colonel Steps Up

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Washington, Braddock and the Battle of the Mon Poor George, he comes down through history as a white haired, grimacing founding father with sore gums and a paunch. It’s hard to imagine the tough, hardened veteran who was fearless in battle again and again. Ah, but a chance to remember: this week is the 264th […]

Normandy Check-In: D + 30

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There to Stay Much hullaballo surrounds June 6, 1944, but the events following seemingly drop off our radar; the battle surely didn’t stop, though. Success depended on pushing inland at Normandy and the Contentin peninsula, both to foil German counterattacks and to make way for succeeding waves of troops, weapons and support elements. Airborne troops […]

Leadership: D-Day + A Little Luck

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Hitler Micromanages Much is made of D-Day, but the Supremes would never have given it a go without a reasonable expectation that they could at least get ashore. Staying ashore was another matter entirely. Allied forces knew they would face an inevitable counterattack and unlike the decision to choose Normandy, they would have no say […]

Thank You for Your Service

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In Harm’s Way In this 17th year of the war in Afghanistan, we Americans express thanks to the troops, the question is for what? Two days ago, at least 55 people were killed and 94 injured in a suicide bombing in the capital, Kabul, during an event “commemorating the birth anniversary of the prophet Muhammad,” […]

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 […]

Books: When the “Japs” Weren’t Coming

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American-Japanese Concentration Camps When Admiral Yamamoto’s forces conducted their mostly successful raid on Pearl Harbor, many Americans panicked over the thought of a follow-up invasion of the west coast. U.S. Army officers baldly asserted that American-Japanese were all under the control of the Japanese Emperor and therefore consisted of an enemy “fifth column” waiting for […]

Mind the Mines

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A Legacy of War The 26-year Sri Lankan civil war ended in 2009 after bitter fighting and many suicide attacks. During the conflict both sides laid thousands of landmines mostly in the north and east of the country, the area which the Tamils hoped to convert into a seperate state. Many of the mines were […]

No Turning Back: Alice in Afghanistan

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As the American Civil War progressed, Abraham Lincoln despaired of the apparent inability of Union generals to take the fight to the confederacy.  Some generals were blatantly political while others could not withstand the carnage resulting from improved weaponry and bludgeoning tactics.  Then came Grant. The enduring image of U. S. Grant is of the […]

Firing Line: Three More Years of This?

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Twelve more Americans were killed yesterday in Afghanistan in a suicide bombing as they were being transported in an armored vehicle. Yesterday’s killings included five US combat troops. The bombing occurred not in some far off province or in a supposed Taliban stronghold, but rather in downtown Kabul on Darulaman Road, also the site of a […]