“Mad Dog” Mattis is officially stepping down as Secretary of Defense. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Some surmise the abrupt decision to remove troops from Syria was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The full text of his resignation is below. While it is written diplomatically, it is clear that Mattis is fed … More Mattis Resigns
A few days ago, President Trump met with Kim Jong Un of North Korea, at a historic summit. It is historic, no matter whether one thinks it was good idea or whether one thinks the outcomes were positive, simply because it had not happened before. Both supporters and detractors jump on that last point. Trump … More Historic
For Memorial Day, remembering the fallen with whom I served: LT Terri S. Fussner LT Wayne F. Roberts PO2 Jason E. Lawson SSG Joseph R. Ray SGT Joshua L. Hill SGT Anton J. Hiett SGT Kevin D. Akins SGT Jeffery S. Wiekamp CW3 Eric W. Totten SPC David N. Timmons Jr. SPC Justin L. … More In Memoriam
The New York Times reports that President Trump is looking into reducing the number of US troops in South Korea. This is coming on the cusp of a meeting between Trump and Kim Jung Un. Says NYT: Reduced troop levels are not intended to be a bargaining chip in Mr. Trump’s talks with Mr. Kim … More US Troop Reductions in South Korea?
The federal government officially shut down at midnight on the morning of 20 January, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Since then, congressional leaders have been working to find a resolution before Monday morning. That work has included a great deal of blaming as well, and so far attempts at laying blame are the only … More The Shutdown and the Blame Game
We have an all-volunteer military service. Each person has their own reasons for joining – patriotism, adventure, college money, a steady paycheck, etc, – and, whether they concentrate on this part or not, they all acknowledge that armed conflict is a possibility. They also know, even if some don’t prefer to dwell on this fact, … More What we’re signing up for…
It has been 16 years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and Flight 93 crashed en route to a fourth target. It has been nearly as long since the US first invaded Afghanistan, where US (and multinational) troops continue to fight. The attacks carried significant emotional weight for the collective US psyche, … More 16th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US
Should we be fearful of this new North Korean capability? What is the US’s response to this threat? … More The only thing to fear is fear itself from North Korea.
What is the relationship between fact and public policy? Or, what should be the relationship? It seems perfectly reasonable that factual information should inform policy recommendations and decisions. It follows, then, that policy recommendations that are not factually based should not move forward. It is therefore necessary that problems be correctly diagnosed prior to making … More Policy and Facts
The Daily Beast provides an interesting article on civilian casualty rates in Syria under President Trump as compared to President Obama. While there are disagreements on the reported number, there is a consensus, the Daily Beast writes, that civilian casualties are increasing. They point out that a large part of this increase is due to … More Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Syria