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It's time for Congress to debate a declaration of war on ISIS

Instead of waiting around for President Barack Obama to do something (besides doing the wave at a Cuban baseball game or playing golf), Congress ought to exercise its exclusive power to declare war on ISIS. Nothing in the U.S. Constitution requires Congress to wait around for the president to send it a request to declare war.... Read more »

Will the Citadel class of 2001 attend best-selling author Pat Conroy's funeral?

UPDATE: They came and witnessed and mourned in scores: “Pat Conroy’s funeral was both a time of mourning and reunion.” Just as I was finishing up Pat Conroy’s novel The Lords of Discipline, which savaged South Carolina’s military school, The Citadel, the news arrived of his death. Although a graduate of the then-all male college, his best seller... Read more »

Women also should be required to register for the military draft

The new salvo in the gender equity wars has been fired with the question of whether women should be required to register for the military draft. If women, the question goes, can serve in combat roles in the Marines and Army, why shouldn’t they be required to register for the military draft as men now... Read more »
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What's fishy about Iran seizing the U.S. Navy's riverine boats

This is circulating on the Internet. I can’t attest to its authenticity or its accuracy. But as a former Navy officer, this sounds about right, although I don’t know that Iran has faster and better armed boats: A former SEAL Officer’s take on the recent Iran/U.S. Sailors incident: “I hope none of my FB friends... Read more »

UPATE: 12 important, unanswered questions about Iran's hijacking of two U.S. Navy riverine boats in the Persian Gulf

UPDATE: One explanation was that there was a GPS problem that lead to a navigation error that brought the two boats into Iranian waters. I don’t know; that doesn’t sound realistic to me.  As a former U.S. Navy officer, I have to demur from the Obama administration’s self-congratulations for peacefully “resolving” the capture and imprisonment... Read more »

The dog tag sculpture honoring military killed in Vietnam finds new Chicago home

The homeless “Above and Beyond Memorial,” a sculpture featuring 58,000 replica dog tags honoring the 58,000 military service men and women killed in the Vietnam War, has at last found a home–for now. For years, it had been displayed at Chicago’s National Veterans Art Museum  but it had to be carefully disassembled because the museum was moving... Read more »
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President Trump sends U.S. troops into Mexico*

WASHINGTON–President Donald Trump unexpectedly deployed thousands of U.S. troops to create a 5-mile-wide “alien free” zone on the Mexican side of its border with America. Frustrated by Mexico’s refusal to pay for a $1.2 billion wall along the border to keep undocumented immigrants from illegally entering the United States, Trump said today that he was... Read more »

Comparing Donald Trump's and John McCain's Vietnam War years

Comparing Donald Trump’s and John McCain’s Vietnam War years leaves you breathless at Trumps’ staggering hypocrisy that was exposed when he said that McCain–a real war hero–was not a war hero. Trump’s own description of how he spent those years in his masterbatory autobiography, The Art of the Deal, should leave you breathless, providing a scary insight about... Read more »

Speaking of flags

With all the talk about  a flag–the Confederate battle flag–I thought it was time to remind ourselves of the flag that unites us. As Johnny Cash remembers.
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Post Memorial Day remembrance

We shouldn’t remember our fallen soldiers, sailors and Marines just on Memorial Day. Here’s one remembrance we should visit often, reminding us of the sacrifice that they and their families have made. God bless them all. See information on the dog tag exhibit honoring Vietnam War veterans that’s looking for a home in one of... Read more »
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