Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

New War, All Over Again

Like the War in Iraq, Israel’s invasion into Gaza has become controversial. Is it a just war? Was it a last resort? Is the reaction proportionate to the cause? If I were to know no history of the tensions and hostilities between Israel and its neighbors, I would probably believe the recent invasion...
January 5th, 2009 | Military, Politics | Read More

Thank you, veterans

Thank you to all of our readers here who are veterans. I appreciate the work you have done and the sacrifices you have made for the rest of us. Thank you to my brother-in-law John, who ships out to Iraq for the first time in just a few days. Thank you also to my other brother-in-law, Joey. Today I...
November 11th, 2008 | Military | Read More

The Cold War Against Recruiters

For the past few weeks Michelle Malkin has been documenting the attacks–in both word and deed–on America’s military recruiters: Ideas have consequences. Inaction has consequences. For the past several years, I’ve chronicled the Left’s escalating war on military recruiters-and...
March 25th, 2008 | Military | Read More

The Red Poppy

In 1915, a Canadian medical officer named John McCrae published what is probably the single best- and popular poem from the First World War, “In Flanders Fields”: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely...
May 28th, 2007 | Military | Read More

Button Your Lip, MilBlogger:
Why the Army is Right…and Conservative Bloggers are Wrong

After Noah Shachtman, of the excellent Danger Room blog, about the Army’s stringent new regulations for online communications, the conservative blogosphere exploded in protest against the order. I propose that these bloggers consider how they would react upon hearing the following two statements: 1)...
May 3rd, 2007 | Military | Read More

Marine Corps Rules for Gun Fighting

The Marine Corps Birthday makes me nostalgic for the good ol’…well, maybe good is too strong a word. In fact, I can’t say that I miss being on active duty; but I do miss being with my fellow Marines. Thinking about my friends who are getting shot at by ungrateful Iraqis reminded me of this...
November 10th, 2006 | Military | Read More

Happy Birthday Marines!

[Note: In honor of Veterans’ Day and the 231th birthday of the Marine Corps, I’m reposting a story that reminds me why I love my fellow Marines.] During the late ‘90s I served a three year sting on recruiting duty in Olympia, WA. The long hours and tedium of dealing with teenagers was...
November 10th, 2006 | Military | Read More

The Red Poppy

In 1915, a Canadian medical officer named John McCrae published what is probably the single best-known and popular poem from the First World War, “In Flanders Fields”: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still...
May 29th, 2006 | Military | Read More

Supporting Stein’s Sin:
The Hypocrisy of Anti-War “Support”

“I don’t support our troops,” admits LA Times columnist Joel Stein. “This is a particularly difficult opinion to have, especially if you are the kind of person who likes to put bumper stickers on his car. Supporting the troops is a position that even Calvin is unwilling to urinate...
January 25th, 2006 | Military | Read More

Happy Birthday Marines

[Note: I left active-duty seven months ago, but in honor of Veterans’ Day and the 230th birthday of the Marine Corps I wanted to share a story about why I love being a Marine.] During the late ‘90s I served a three year sting on recruiting duty in Olympia, WA. The long hours and tedium of...
November 10th, 2005 | Military | Read More