Archive for September 2012

Red Fridays - National Gold Star Mothers Day

Red Fridays - National Gold Star Mothers Day
I recently had a most disturbing conversation, not just because of the content, but because of with whom I was speaking. I was talking to a Viet Nam veteran, and the fact that this Sunday, September 29 was the last Sunday in September and as such is National Gold Star Mothers Day came up. There... Read more »

A Word to Muslim Rioters

I’ve studied Islam and the Arab world and the politics of the region for more than 25 years. I’ve wanted to have a conversation, to dispel the myths, to separate fact from fiction for a very long time, and I’ve searched for just the right tone that would foster an intellectual, productive conversation. While I... Read more »

Red Fridays - POW/MIA Day

Red Fridays - POW/MIA Day
Today, Friday September 21, 2012 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In 1979, Congress passed a resolution for a day of remembrance and recognition for all those who, because of their service to our nation, were Prisoners of War or Missing in Action, and in support of the families they left behind. According to the Defense... Read more »
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Red Fridays - Military Grace

Red Fridays - Military Grace
There is a cartoon that has been circulating for years in the military community that always get a laugh out of me. Not just because it is funny, but because there is a dark truth in it. It shows a couple guys who are obviously supposed to represent Taliban fighters running and screaming; in the background... Read more »

Red Fridays-Blue on Green Violence

Red Fridays-Blue on Green Violence
Among the latest headlines, there is talk about the bold, extreme and drastic changes in how U.S. and Allied Forces in Afghanistan are  recruiting, vetting and training Afghan Police in light of a rash of  ‘green-on-blue’ attacks. The truth is the changes, where they are actually  happening are not a matter of political and military... Read more »