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Richard Hall; Overachiever phony Marine

Scotty sends us his work on this Rich Hall fellow; Recon, sniper, blah-blah-blah. Doesn’t the Marine Corps have any regular old riflemen anymore? Wounded by an IED, two Purple Hearts. But he can’t spell “Corps”; Yeah, this is one confusing-ass DD214 – two years and eight months in the Marines without a promotion from E-1, […]

That confusing fight in the Middle East

So, get your program out so you can follow this thing; While we’re negotiating with Iran over their nuclear ambitions, we’re flying US aircraft in support of Iranian troops in Iraq. We’re also supporting the Saudis as they begin to whack Iranian-supported rebels in Yemen. The war in the Middle East is shaping into a […]

“I’m not MOS yet”

Yeah, I have no words. Nose ring and sandals, hair below her collar. She tells the videographer that she’s “not MOS yet”; I’m calling it; totally legit.

Oh, well, then…

CNN is reporting that Bowe Bergdahl told Army investigators that he left his forward operating base unarmed, after he sent his personal possessions home, to report malfeasance in his unit; Bergdahl was planning to report what he believed to be problems with “order and discipline” in his unit, a senior Defense official tells CNN. A […]

Obama’s Next Move

With his speech on Wednesday condemning ISIS in newly stark, determined language, President Obama now needs to step up his military campaign in equally dramatic fashion. That does not—and should not—mean sending American ground troops...Show More Summary

Saturday morning feel good story

This morning’s story comes from North Carolina; Craven County Sheriff’s Captain, Joe Heckman, told us a 31-year-old male came up to the house on Pinecliff Road in Harlowe. He said, that man tried to engage in a conversation with the 71-year-old male homeowner. According to Heckman, the homeowner went back inside, and when the homeowner […]

Obama Shouldn’t Bomb ISIS in Syria

Let’s hope that President Obama does not bomb ISIS inside Syria—unless, maybe, the airstrikes are coordinated with some other country’s troops on the ground. That’s what happened in northern Iraq last week, when U.S. airstrikes...Show More Summary

Eastern Contradictions 

I’ve often defended President Obama from critics who condemn his foreign policy as vacillating and weak. But I don’t understand what he’s saying and doing about the fate of Ukraine. Or, rather, I’m baffled, even troubled, byShow More Summary

Obama at War

There’s an air of tragedy about President Obama. He wants to chart a new course—pivot to the Pacific, end the long decade of war, do nation-building at home—but the old world’s most derelict, dysfunctional quarters keep pulling him back in. Show More Summary

The Right Target

President Obama’s air war against terrorist targets in Syria has begun, sooner and more deeply inside Syrian territory than expected. The question: Will the strikes—which mark the mere “beginning of a credible, sustainable, persistent campaign,” as the U.S. Show More Summary

Watching Richard III With Bashar al-Assad

Last year Brooklyn Brewery launched an i nterview series at their brewhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in conjunction with RISC, a nonprofit that offers instruction on life-saving skills for freelance war journalists. The conversations were an instant hit. For its second season, Slate partnered with the brewery to film the series. Show More Summary

Weekend Open Thread

There was some discussion a few weeks ago about the AT&T commercial and the woman who plays the store manager. Well this is the woman who plays that same role in the Spanish-language commercials, and I think she’s much cuter. Just saying. If you’re in no hurry for the weekend to finish, here’s a little […]

A Creeping Sensation

President Obama is practically allergic to “mission creep,” the slow but out-of-control expansion of a war’s aims, terrain, and scope. But he’s coming under intense pressure to abandon his constraints and succumb to escalation...Show More Summary

NDAA for the 21st Century

2 days agoIndustries / Military : OPFOR

Over at Breaking Defense there is an article regarding John McCain’s desire to take a look the Goldwater-Nichols Act and make a determination if it needs to be updated or changed. In the same article it was also mentioned that he wanted to take a look at the Defense Office Personnel Management Act (DOPMA). Show More Summary

“Cairo Writes, Beirut Publishes, and Baghdad Reads”

Last year Brooklyn Brewery launched an interview series at its brewhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in conjunction with RISC, a nonprofit that offers instruction on life-saving skills for freelance war journalists. The conversations were an instant hit. For its second season, Slate partnered with the brewery to film the series. Show More Summary

Sins of Omission

If all I knew about Edward Snowden were his portrait in Laura Poitras’ documentary, Citizenfour, I’d probably regard him as a conscientious, brave young man, maybe an American hero. But Poitras, a very talented filmmaker who flipped...Show More Summary

What It’s Like to Be 50 Yards Away From an Exploding Car Bomb

Last year Brooklyn Brewery launched an interview series at its brewhouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in conjunction with RISC, a nonprofit that offers instruction on life-saving skills for freelance war journalists. The conversations were an instant hit. For its second season, Slate partnered with the brewery to film the series. Show More Summary

Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All . . .

... you get your nose rubbed in the fact that you haven’t. Well, ladies – you’d best get on-board and start supporting those restrictions on carbon dioxide. Why? It’s causing global warming – right? And according to Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA, global warming is especially bad for women. Per a resolution introduced by […]

Grounding Bergdahl’s escape turkey

Now that Bowe Bergdahl is facing the prospect of prosecution by the Army for deserting his post and for misbehavior, his liberal defenders, those who swallowed whole Susan Rice’s assertion that he served with honor and distinction, will be raising defenses for his crimes. Aware of the leftist media support for its client, Bergdahl’s defense […]

Gee . . . That’s . . . Just . . . Too . . . Bad

Headline says it all: Senate Democratic Leader Reid announces retirement I guess not being in charge made serving the people of NV in the Senate not worth it any more. Good riddance.

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