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About Those “9,800” US Troops Staying in Afghanistan Next Year . . . .

Jonn wrote earlier today about US troops remaining in Afghanistan after the end of this year. Specifically, the word was we’re leaving “nearly 10,000” troops (9,800, specifically) there after the end of this year – 8,000 to support the NATO mission, with the rest dedicated to antiterrorism and/or other actions. But it turns out that […]

Command Sergeant Major Wardell Turner killed in Afghanistan

Command Sergeant Major Wardell Turner was killed by an IED that was hidden in a median along a convoy route in eastern Kabul. CSM Turner was the senior enlisted advisor of Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan (CSTC-A) in Kabul. From the Army Times; Turner graduated from Bennett High School in 1984 and was a member of […]

NARA Backs Away from CIA Email Destruction Proposal

The National Archives and Records Administration told the Central Intelligence Agency last week that it was withholding approval of a CIA proposal to allow the destruction of the email records of all but 22 senior Agency officials. “NARA...Show More Summary

DoD Updates Doctrine on “Detainee Operations”

When it comes to Department of Defense doctrine on military treatment of detained persons, “unlawful enemy combatants” are a thing of the past. That term has been retired and replaced by “unprivileged enemy belligerents” in a new revision of Joint Publication 3-13 on Detainee Operations, dated November 13, 2014. Show More Summary

Jonathan Michael Campbell; that phony in your school to get treatment

That Jonathan Michael Campbell, the fellow who pretended to be a soldier while wearing an Air Force uniform and wanted to talk to students in a Pennsylvania school about Veterans’ Day will likely receive probation and mental health treatment according to prosecutors says the Associated Press; Campbell declined comment after Monday’s court appearance. His public […]

Ranger Up: Paying it forward

Actually meant to do a post about this a few weeks ago when it was on Fox, but couldn’t find the link until I looked around this morning. I’ve been lucky that I ran into this guy Nick Palmisciano a few years ago, and we really hit it off.  Like myself he was in the […]

Afghan mother avenges son’s death; true body stacker

Chief Tango sends us a link from Radio Free Europe which tells the story of Rezagul (she goes by one name like Cher) who lost her son in a firefight with the Taliban, so she took out her grief on the attackers, sending at least ten to Allah; “I was so enraged that I took […]

9800 troops to remain in Afghanistan…oh, and these guys, too

Before ISIS surged in Iraq, the Obama Aministration had told us that they were planning to leave 9800 troops behind in Afghanistan According to Reuters, that number has changed since the Spring; Of the 9,800, some 8,000 had been earmarked for the NATO force and the remainder for a separate anti-terrorism operation. The move to […]

CPL Lonald D. Skeens – an Update

A recent article announced the identification of CPL Lonald D. Skeens, who was lost on 4 September 1950 near Haman, South Korea. CPL Skeens’ remains were recovered in 1951, but could not be identified with that era’s methods.  He was initially interred at the UN Cemetery at Tanggok, South Korea as an unknown.  Subsequently, his remains […]

Wednesday morning feel good story

Today’s feel good story comes from Illinois; Two suspects entered the Calumet City Bakery 154th and State Line Rd around 3:30 pm Tuesday. One suspected walked into the store on his cell phone then signaled to the second suspect who walked in behind him. The first suspect brandished a gun and announced a robbery. The […]

France at the UN warns North Korea over nuclear threat

France warned North Korea on Monday that it would likely face more UN sanctions if it follows through on threats to carry out a nuclear test. North Korea has reacted angrily to a UN resolution condemning its human rights record […]

Don’t Shoot Crappy Guns Or Ammunition

Opposing Views: An unidentified woman pulled the trigger on her rifle and witnessed the gun explode in her hands in video footage uploaded to LiveLeak over the weekend. Although the woman appeared to be unharmed, her exact condition is not known. The location of the incident is also unknown., a website focused on firearms, […]

Finland Walks the Line: “They Were Testing How We’d React…”

The WaPo interviewed Finland’s President and Foreign Minister recently, and the discussion is one of the most diplomatic yet frank and realistic exchanges I have read in some time. I recommend the whole thing to you, especially a clear...Show More Summary

Thanksgiving 2014

It’s that time of year again. For those of you celebrating American Thanksgiving: if you’re deep-frying your turkey (otherwise known as “doing it right”), be safe. Hundreds of years ago, boiling oil was a weapon we would have covered. Treat it accordingly. Common tips include making 100% sure that adding the turkey to the oil […]

Blood and Sand

Oh Lord it's a war party me no wanna go Everybody seem to be inviting me To a war party me no wanna go Heard about the last one so thanks but-no thank you --War Party, Eddie Grant Poor Silas, so concerned for other folk, And nothingShow More Summary

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