Category: Military

Trump's military parade a stupid idea

Hey, it’s not just me. The “Ex-SEAL who says he fired final bin Laden shot calls Trump’s military parade ‘third-world b——-‘” So true. But I’ve got another reason to hate the idea. Do you have any idea what it’s like for soldiers, sailors, Marines and flyboys (err, fly persons) to have to parade? I speak... Read more »

The attack on the 'racist' National Anthem should provoke a history lesson

The California chapter of the NAACP’s call to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” has ignited the usual alarms and condemnations, huffing and puffing from both sides. A history lesson is in order. To bring some sense to this highly emotional fray. The lyrics were composed by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812,... Read more »

A soldier's pledge

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Special Memorial Day thanks to military draftees killed in action

On this Memorial Day, here is a special recognition of men who were conscripted into the military and who were killed in action. Volunteering for hazardous military duty and paying for it with your life deserves the highest praise. But what about those men who were drafted, who had no choice and who were killed?... Read more »

Yikes! Is my 2015 parody about Trump sending U.S. troops into Mexico about to come true?

Little did I think that there was a chance that Donald Trump would actually send the U.S. military into Mexico when I wrote about it as parody in 2015. Well, he may have made that threat. Here’s Time’s report: (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump warned in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart that he was... Read more »

Memorial Day remembrance

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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 »
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