Monthly Archive

Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find totaly 252 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.


Taliban Beating Girl

05 April 2009Luang Prabang, LaosA concerned reader passed this along.  Gateway Pundit posted commentary and a video link of Taliban savages flogging a girl in public.  I recommend viewing this disturb read more..


American Guns and Mexicans

06 April 2009It would appear that the Mexico situation carries enough emotional potential – in North America – to dwarf anything we saw on Iraq.  Afghanistan is more like a martial metronome, or a sof read more..



07 April 2009War correspondent Matt Sanchez emailed saying he authored this FOX story. Mr. Sanchez also wrote:"You're looking at this from a rational, dispassionate, journalistic point of view--that's read more..


A Photo for You

Luang Prabang, Laos07 April 2009The sun had already set when I settled the bill at l’Elephant and walked up the darkening street away from the Mekong.  This small town with French ambiance and Asian c... read more..


More Photos for You

09 April 2009Chiang Mai, Northern ThailandThis morning some monks performed a ritual under a tree near my door.  I did not want to intrude upon their tranquility with a camera, so I modestly enjoyed t read more..


Thailand Unrest

Spot Report10 April 2009(1615 Thailand time)Chiang Mai, Northern ThailandThe growing unrest in Thailand is difficult to decipher.  When I attended peace rallies (that turned violent) in the United Sta... read more..



10 April 2009 A reader correctly pointed out that I mis-linked a story.  In fact, we seem to have swapped links during the editing process.  Going into our 5th year, this appears to be the first time read more..


War Council

10 April 2009General Raymond Odierno undoubtedly has greater understanding of the current state of the Iraq war than anyone in uniform or out.  I am one citizen who will wholeheartedly support Preside read more..


Vanished Soldiers: American Heroes Come Home

Commentary: Fallen brothers found - and lostBy Joseph L. Galloway | McClatchy NewspapersAs with so much in life and in death, there was news this week that was joyous and sad and bittersweet all at on... read more..


Thailand Cracking?

Posted from Malaysia13 April 2009[This dispatch is in the "RUBS" format.  (Rough, Unedited and Barely Spell checked.)  I can convey much more information and more timely by occasionally bursting out read more..


McClatchy journalists capture national journalism awards

14 April 2009 By McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — Journalists for McClatchy's Washington Bureau, The Miami Herald and The Charlotte Observer received national awards for excellence Monday, two orga read more..


Perfect Valor

14 April 2009 On May 16, 2009, Citizens United Productions will premiere “Perfect Valor” at the GI Film Festival in Washington DC.Peabody Award winning Producer, David C. Taylor and noted contemporary read more..


Achilles' Heels

15 April 2009From Kuala LumpurViolence has dramatically declined in Bangkok.  Touch wood that tensions continue to abate.  Only time will reveal.The effort in AfPak has more than one Achilles' Heel.  read more..


Justice Department Releases Bush Administration Torture Memos

NEW YORK – In response to litigation filed by the American Civil Liberties Union under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Justice Department today released four secret memos used by the Bush a... read more..


Business in Iraq

18 April 2009 It's the economy, stupid Apr 16th 2009From The Economist print edition American investors attempt to spur Iraq’s private sectorIn 2005 on a dusty road in Tuz, Iraq, an American sol read more..


Doolittle Raid

19 April 2009 I am in Borneo heading into the jungles.  Got this interesting email from Japan’s late-1941 attack on Pearl Harbor left America feeling vulnerable, and Japan invinc read more..


Rifle and Pistol Club

19 April 2009Brunei, Borneo IslandMonday morning I plan to visit some natives in a jungle in Borneo.  They still hunt using blowguns and poison darts, I’m told.  And their ancestors were headhunters.  read more..


Torture is Wrong

24 April 2009From BorneoThe British Army runs various jungle training courses in the friendly country of Brunei, on Borneo Island.  I am with a British Army Gurkha battalion and am going through 21 da... read more..


On Track

Borneo Island25 April 2009The plan was to be back in Afghanistan by now.  Yet there are issues beyond my control that have kept me in a holding pattern.  And so I came down to Borneo to keep reading u... read more..


Tracking Update

25 April 2009Brunei, Borneo IslandThis quick email from Borneo is an update about the combat tracking course conducted by the British military.Tracking is a lost art in the British and U.S. militaries... read more..


Quick email from Borneo Island:

26 April 2009We just finished day seven of a twenty-one day tracking course.  The instruction started with a little classroom work on surveillance and deception tracking. All of the instructors and ne... read more..


Quick email from Borneo Island II:

27 April 2009We just finished day eight of tracking school.  Part of the day was spent in the hot jungle, but there is also scattered terrain here that resembles Afghanistan.  Needless to say, the Bri... read more..


Scientists Must Get to the Front

27 April 2009Now is a moment when we need the scientists on the frontlines:WHO has declared Public Health Event of International Concern; EU has encouraged Europeans to avoid travel to Mexico or US.Ca... read more..


Veterans vs. Veterans

28 April 2009A quick email from Borneo Island:Day nine of the tracking course was the most interesting so far.  We started with classroom work then headed to the field.  We spent all day in an area th... read more..


A Beautiful Track

29 April 2009 A quick email from Borneo: The fact that the United States Army has not created a large tracker-training program is a stunning failure in our combat preparations.  There is no dou... read more..


The Swamp of Death

30 April 2009Borneo IslandDay twelve on the tracking course was a smoker.  My fingers are tired from the jungle and so this email will be short.It all started with classes this morning, then we headed... read more..


Saving Lives and Winning Battles

Excellent American soldiers visit the folks who keep the Strykers coming.  And look at that!  Captain Brad Krauss and Devon Hoch on the ends.  I knew them from the fighting in Iraq and can verify that... read more..


Ledeen: Who speaks for veterans?

30 April 2009 Their reputations and interests are left undefended The Washington Times By Gabe Ledeen / Thursday, April 30, 2009 Commentary: In its second major misstep with veterans in as many m... read more..


May Day

01 May 2009Borneo IslandDay thirteen of tracking was a live fire exercise with assault rifles.  All seventeen students have repeatedly demonstrated that they can track other men through miles of varyi read more..


Mysterious Places

02 May 2009A quick email Borneo Island:Jungles are mysterious places.  There was a small, round stone on the ground.  The coarse grey orb was larger than a marble but smaller than a golf ball.  Two st read more..

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