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The Great White Fleet

Once upon a time when the measure of a man was taken through his courage, perseverance and indomitable spirit we had this thing called The Great White Fleet. It was a very literal example of Gunboat Diplomacy that announced to … Continue reading

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South Korean Protests

Things are heating up as South Koreans take to the street, demanding that their government take action against Kim Jong Il. South Korean protesters have clashed with police outside the Defence Ministry in Seoul. Demonstrators are calling on the South … Continue reading

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Smart Diplomacy and the Korean Peninsula

There is renewed tension in Korea after the North Koreans fired artillery onto the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong killing at least two ROK Marines and wounding over a dozen others.  Civilians have been evacuated to shelters and photos show … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Nothing

Recently it was announced that the USMC is deploying an armor company to Afghanistan. This has caused somewhat of a stir amongst those who are following the trends of the Global War On Terror (or The Long War if you … Continue reading

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Preparedness

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You Can Fight Tigers…

In Ranger School! And for those of you who have already seen the previous video… I present the sequel. And the bonus track. Now pick your vagina up off the floor and get your tab today!

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Outside the Wire vists Zombie Killer

JD Johannes visits an Afghan National Army battalion in the company of the august personnel of Team Zombie Killer. There are two parts posted and it would be interesting to see what our loyal readers think. Part 1 At that … Continue reading

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Update

We’ve had this little sniper issue lately. He (or perhaps they?) liked to hang out along a certain part of a road popularly used by coalition forces and would take pot shots at us. I had at least one near … Continue reading

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Out and About

The Zombiekillers had to roll outside of the wire the other day to take care of some important business (like shipping home two sweet Martini Henry rifles) just down the road at The Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy. Since … Continue reading

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SITREP

As some of you may already know, there were some fireworks last night. And not the kind you see on the 4th of July either. Much to the chagrin of more than a few bad guys in the surrounding area, … Continue reading

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Don’t be a Yuck Mouth

Cross posted from here. Yesterday some of the boys and I headed over to Camp Phoenix to knock out some dental appointments and to pick up some equipment. The team didn’t mess around and we took care of our business … Continue reading

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Red Dawn

Cross posted from here. We’ve been driving on with our collective training program here and getting the Afghans spun up for rifle marksmanship. We’ve recently been issuing the Afghans M16A2s and M16A4s and it’s been quite a challenge. They require … Continue reading

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Interesting Times

One of my guys was in downtown Kabul at Camp Eggers today getting a new ID card when this went down just on the other side of the wall: KABUL — Gunmen wearing homicide vests stormed a guest house used … Continue reading

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Finally in the Fight!

After getting stuck in friggin’ Kuwait for four days, the boys and I finally arrived here in Afghanistan late last night and are preparing for the next leg of our long-ass journey. The place is a total trip. There’s wrecked … Continue reading

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Counter-sniper Operations

For the uninitiated the first weapon system to engage the enemy in this film clip is the M242 Bushmaster 25 millimeter auto canon. It is mounted on its preferred platform… the M2 Bradley—-mother fuckin’—-Infantry Fighting Vehicle. It is indeed some … Continue reading

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The Afghan Issue

Lost in all this talk about healthcare and climate change, is the continuing war in Afghanistan. A campaign we have been fighting since shortly after 9/11, and a campaign where we have been gradually losing ground. General Stanley McChrystal has … Continue reading

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McChrystal’s Guidance Finally Published…

and just as I suspected, it gives a lot of lattitude to commanders on the ground and doesn’t direct anyone to “run away” from a fight.  Here it is: Our strategic goal is to defeat the insurgency threatening the stability … Continue reading

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Day 1

We just finished up “Day 1” of training here—which really consisted of inprocessing.  For the unitiated this was a round-robin set up where we did everything from update life insurance and wills, to getting inoculations updated and locking in our … Continue reading

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Pre-Deployment Training

I report for my pre-deployment training this week in preparation for my upcoming adventure in Afghanistan. The first couple of weeks will likely be consumed with inprocessing and other administravia. After that, we’ll get into the real meat of the … Continue reading

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McChrystal and Jomini

The discussion about General McChrystal continues, Mr. Herschel Smith from Captain’s Journal responds to my original post. He went into some detail, so I think it fair to respond to his arguments point by point. This writer has done a … Continue reading

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