Category Archives: Military Matters

When Calling in the Professionals Makes Things Worse

There’s that old A. E. Housman poem, the one published in the London Times in 1917 on the third anniversary of the First Battle of Ypres, Belgium, the “Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries” – These, in the day when … Continue reading

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That Odd Noise Before Defeat

Greg Jaffe is a rather well-respected defense correspondent for the Washington Post, and he has won the Pulitzer Prize and all that, and his latest book, co-authored with David Cloud, is The Fourth Star: Four Generals and the Epic Struggle … Continue reading

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The Obama Message to the Military

Mark Twain once wrote the model epigram. “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example” – short, sweet and to the point. Someone does the obviously right thing – the one thing you … Continue reading

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A Matter of Temperament

It’s probably a given that no one is qualified to be President of the United States. The job is a one-off. There’s nothing like it – you must inspire the whole damned country and explain, convincingly, what should be done, … Continue reading

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A Pause

Posting will resume on Wednesday, July 2 – for now it’s off to El Paso. There’s this invitation from the Commander of the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division (the “Front Runners” of Old Ironsides) – my nephew, now … Continue reading

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The Angry Webb Guys

Some people just make you uncomfortable. For those of us of a certain age, one of those people was Jack Webb – Detective Joe Friday on Dragnet. There’s nothing wrong with old black-and-white police procedural television shows from the fifties, … Continue reading

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Why We Fight

Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, was a dark day in Los Angeles – but it had little to do with thoughts of the dead from all the wars, those who fought the good fight. It was just the low, dark … Continue reading

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