Michael's Dispatches

“Faggots” and Women are Unfit for Combat: The Face of a Broken Army


03 October 2012

Image2Face of our Broken Army, and the Taliban's Best Friend

Grisham contacted a lawyer today, who contacted me.  This must be hitting home.  So let’s keep exposing what has gone wrong with our Army.

General (ret.) Barry McCaffrey warned us many times over the years that we are breaking the Army.  Today, it appears that we have passed that point.  Our signal-to-noise ratio now favors the noise.

The Taliban hardly needs to dress up like American Soldiers to hit our jets when enough real Soldiers do worse, all on official business.  The Army pretends to have the luxury of sending liabilities to Afghanistan who have little better to do than post on Facebook, play at being journalists, and then claim to be under combat stress.  Meanwhile, real combat troops go toe-to-toe with the Taliban 24/7.

One day, in 2011, Master Sergeant Grisham arrived at his safe desk on the giant base of Kandahar Airfield.  Someone had tied a balloon with a smiley face in front of his computer.  Maybe they were trying to rescue him from the doldrums of the nearby boardwalk, with its coffee shops, pizza joints, TGI-Friday’s, and the French Bakery on the corner.  (It’s all there.)

This video shows Master Sergeant C.J. Grisham during his “combat” tour playing with his happy ball:

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The guy never left base.  Grisham saw zero combat.


In another video, Grisham bullies a Senior Citizen who appears to be about three times his age.  It would have been a sight to see a young combat Marine happen upon Grisham bullying an older gentleman.

After bullying this gentlemen, who must be at least 90 years, as seen here, Grisham received numerous bad responses.  Note: Grisham has many times stated that he believes that “faggots” and women are unfit for combat:


this faggot doesnt have the resume to stand to this ww2 vet hahah he should relise afghanastan and iraq are nothing compared to what they faced in the ww2

chcknhawk [GRISHAM]

Well, I'll just turn your own words on you. this isaacdandn faggot doesn't have the resume to stand to this Iraq and Afghanistan vet. hahah. You should realize that your living room is nothing compared to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Grisham fails to mention that he was shipped home months early from his cushy office and happy balloon on Kandahar Airfield, after complaining of pressure from superiors.  (Is this balloon indicative of the office stress he was referring to?)

The Army permits their guy to wear a uniform and publish such things.  This makes Grisham an Army spokesman, though this is not his official job.  Army spokesman Grisham is wont to fill my inbox with emails such as this:

“First of all, I have to say ‘fuck off!’  Actually, that's ALL I have to say for myself.  What do you have to say for being a complete douche bag tool?  Are you insinuating something or just trying to get me to fellate you?...”

Why do guys who so harp on “faggots” so often make homoerotic statements?  Grisham’s friend, Uncle Jimbo, from Blackfive, once emailed, “Do you really want to bump dicks with me?”

These weird, homoerotic emails introducing thoughts of man-sex are…weird. It is sickening that these mibloggers keep proposing sex.   They seem to think about man-sex constantly, something that crosses my mind about as often as turtle-sex.  And so when these guys keep mentioning man-sex, it blasts off the page.  Why are you always bringing up turtle sex!?  I don’t want to be part of Grisham’s or Jimbo’s fantasies, but it might be good if they exchange email addresses and get to know one another better.

Whatever the case, if Grisham made a come-on like that to a female Soldier, saying “Are you insinuating something or just trying to get me to fellate you?” he might come up on charges.  She would only have to FORWARD that to her commander. But I am just a writer so never mind.

How can we expect guys like Grisham to intimidate the Chinese or the Iranians?  They’ll laugh harder than the Taliban are laughing, while our real and capable troops are used as political pawns, and fundraising props for the likes Soldiers’ Angels.

While I was trying to highlight the serious combat troops on the Afghan battlefields in 2010 and 2011, Grisham and his cronies would contact units I was writing about.  Soldiers’ Angels trustee Matt Burden used his website to undermine coverage for combat troops.  It is a fact that Soldiers’ Angels funneled money to at least one family member, and incurred thousands of dollars in bank overdraft fees.  With all those millions of dollars flying around, and the jetsetting Angels, it is a wonder they have time for me.  Money is the wind beneath their wings.

Grisham was a favorite of Soldiers’ Angels.  They used his mouth and uniform to raise money, and therefore had a vested interest in bolstering his reputation.  He was the guy with the bell and the bucket.

In 2011, Grisham’s subterfuge led to a physical altercation.  A captain in Grisham’s club barged into my tent in Zhari—I had never met the captain before (or Grisham), and did not know the captain’s name or that he existed until that moment.  This guy was from a Civil Affairs unit.  Again, bad recruiting.

Grisham and the Captain -- a reservist who is a cop at home -- were Facebook buddies, and despite that I was pouring good press on 4-4Cav, they would stop at nothing to stop it.  That’s right.  These U.S. soldiers sabotaged good press that a combat unit was getting.  I was forced to leave, and instead of writing about combat troops, I was dealing with the likes of Grisham, and their man-sex fantasies.

Physical threats and contact from the Army raises matters to a different level.  A physical altercation in the U.S. is serious business.  In a combat zone, physical altercations are grave moments.  Misunderstandings can end poorly.  This is not kindergarten.  Armed men should not pretend that they are unarmed and that this is a sandbox or normal interaction.

That captain -- Grisham’s Facebook buddy -- was Civil Affairs.  We expect CA to make the Pashtuns fall in love with us, or at least tolerate us without planting bombs.  An idea behind CA is to create conditions that allow intelligence networks to germinate.  Specifically not part of the CA job is to spontaneously pick fights with writers they never met, who one year later are still writing about it.  We should not recruit people who are that dull and emotionally unstable, and certainly not officers.

When they treat an American writer like this – one who exercises recourse -- imagine what happens to Afghans when the cameras are off.  My recourse is ink.  Pashtun recourse is snipers and bombs.  For every letter and punctuation mark in this dispatch, there were more than two bomb events in Afghanistan last year.  That does not included firefights, rockets, Green on Blue attacks, other insider attacks, jets destroyed, and helicopters shot down.

Our Army is recruiting and retaining too much crud, while too many of the best troops leave, even during this hard economy.

Too many of our criminal-acting guys are turning friends into opponents, and neutral Afghans into blood-enemies.  These people should be removed from uniform.

The asinine actions of people like Grisham and that captain translate into death and destruction for people who actually go to combat.  They translate into little or no media coverage, which translates into our government being able to misuse and abuse troops.

There were about 16,000 Afghanistan bomb events in 2011.  Yet we had zero – ZERO – HUMINT sources in Zhari in 2011.  Grisham the HUMINT guy and his unit, were too busy with balloons and Facebook to get anything done or develop sources.  The coward never left base.

Please let that soak in.  Zhari was one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan, yet we had zero HUMINT sources.  Grisham and buddies were too busy writing man-sex fantasy, and complaining about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, while insulting civilians and demanding respect for their military service.


Meanwhile, Army guy Grisham has become a burden even to Soldiers’ Angels.  That is tough to do.  He had been raising money for Soldiers’ Angels, yet recently they seemed to have scrubbed their website of his name, and he stopped raising money for SA.  They have become mutual liabilities.

The stench is horrible.  The road kill that Grisham has become stinks so horribly that the vultures at Soldiers’ Angels will no longer touch him.

SA founder, Patti Patton Bader, emailed this to me in August after getting caught funneling $75,000 in start-up money to a t-shirt company partially owned by her son Brandon:

“You are lying you fake, Brandon did not get the money for himself, it was for tshirts, Brandon was not the only one in company and it was fully disclosed YOU LIED AS YOU ALWAYS DO, by twisting and turning and the worst of it is, you think you are doing good, in a way you are donations are UP because of you so Thank you again. You lose Michael because we do what we say we do, if it is even close to something the public should know we disclose it. You are nothing but a coward.”

Such venom.  Who would have known that vultures have fangs?

General McCaffrey was right.  The Army is broken.  It is dying.  It is attracting flies.  It is time that we end this war, cleanse ourselves from the vultures, annotate our lessons, and rebuild our Army before we face a truly serious enemy.

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  • This commment is unpublished.
    Chris Higgins · 9 years ago
    I am thoroughly enjoying watching this unfold. Thanks Michael.
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      William South · 9 years ago
      The mentality of these armchair warriors is less than mush it is pretty much a sickness.
      This overly exposed sexual component to their comments is so revealing. Wishing this were merely a fluke, but have seen it displayed by Seavey and Lilyea as well, just to mention a few of the fake Mil-Kooks.
      Keep up the good work, you have brought light to this darkening mindset that has set it's ugly head over Mil-blogging. Somewhere these guys went terribly off mission and they don't even realize it.
      Thanks for all you do.
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        TOMMY TRAUMA MCAFEE · 9 years ago
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    Gregg Arthur · 9 years ago
    Guys...We've (RVN Vets)seen all this before. It starts with a politically corrupt and weak president and runs downhill from there. The best officers and NCO's are either killed or leave in disgust because the armchair jackoffs are in control. The crap floats to the top to protect and cover for the other crap who's made a career there. It will get worse before it gets better unfortunately. The only thing that will work in disrupting this slime bucket is what you are doing here Michael...stay steady...we are here
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    Gump · 9 years ago
    The nation that will insist upon drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking by cowards.
    ~ William Francis Butler

    Clearly, the fools are running amok through our military and the thinking men are leaving to pursue more attainable goals.
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    A&N · 9 years ago
    This idiocy has permiated our whole society. Why do you think the Military would escape it? Personally, we are fighting a bigger war than just the one in Afghanistan and facing morons and cowards and fools, yes I said fools, at every corner. If we stop fighting every time the truth or our defense of the country gets slandered we are lost at this point. Lies and liars are rampant, Mike. They are but one more enemy we have to over come. State the truth as you have and move on. Knowing your enemy is important. This is just one more enemy that we need to be aware of while fighting this war to not only win our foreign wars but the the one we are fighting here at home. The truth is essential if we are going to win....I'm not sure there aren't more lies out there than truth in these times. Keep telling the truth Mike but don't feel like you are the only one doing so. You aren't alone.
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    Lonnie McCarron · 9 years ago
    I'm sorry you're having to deal with this guy over and over, Michael.

    I've donated money to you several times in the past, but am a bit short on cash these days....I can give a little but was wondering if there is anything else you might need for your work? I've got several unused backpacks, etc??

    Thank you for your work. Be safe.
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    Traci Wilberger · 9 years ago
    Chris how could you possibly be thoroughly enjoying watching this unfold? It makes me sick to my stomach and I am brought to tears with each dispatch which reveals the corruption...the dishonorable, gutless, prideful cowards in leadership (military and civilian). I'm sure you meant it in the light that this exposure will create change? You have more belief than I, I am afraid.... Certainly it is a good thing and I am so grateful for Micheal's courage to bring national attention to this disgusting behavior especially in light of the men and women who have given their lives in defense of our nation and those who lives will never be the same because of the horror and stress of combat. With all my heart, I love our military and this nation and pray that hope is not lost. But enjoyment? Bad choice of words I'm afraid.
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    Heath · 9 years ago
    That is precisely why we need combat troops that will fight truly evil men. My advice to the U.S. Army would be this. Kick Grisham out of the army and ask Michael Yon for a series of private recommendations the U.S. Army can take under consideration to rebuild the U.S. Army and like Michael Yon said, go toe to toe with the Tablian 24/7.
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    Sun Tzu · 9 years ago
    WTF :-?

    This is really devolving into the area of S&M porn, Mikey

    Although I guess we should be informed about twisted twits like the "Mouse Masher", do we really, really, need to know all the intimate details of his homoerotic psychosis :-x

    I don't think so :-*

    Your campaign against this jackanapes is getting tedious and is beneath you and your skills as a reporter 8)

    Please let's get on with the real issues and stop wasting your time and skills on morons like the "Mouse Masher" and his ilk :-?

    In future why don't you send this stuff to eveyone in this dolt's chain of command, all the way up to the Pentagon.

    Someone has got to take notice somewhere along the line and squash the "Mouse Masher" :-*
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    Heath · 9 years ago
    I just watched the video of Grisham playing with the balloon. That is one big nutcase. Get this dude Grisham out of the U.S. Army a.s.a.p.

    We need serious and professional military men dedicated to the destruction of the al Qaeda & Taliban. 8)
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    IronV · 9 years ago
    This is gut-wrenching. It's difficult to imagine that such a low-life can thrive in our military. Unfortunately, as in any other human organization, a percentage of the population will be jerks. The vast majority are not and serve honorably. It is interesting and accurate to note that the homophobes are the first ones to engage in grotesque homoerotic joking and speculation. "the gentleman doth protest too much..."
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    Rose in Wyoming · 9 years ago
    Mike, thanks for the info. I've been watching a slow slide of morale in the military since the Navy allowed moustaches and beards in the 70's. That seems trivial now.

    Thank you for being trustworthy, smart and involved. Though I've been a military wife, and am a military mom - I don't have the inside track to alot of info and the big picture. You're the best of this country, and I very much appreciate the topics and revelations you share, because it helps me stay as informed as possible. God bless you always.
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    Dan USMC · 9 years ago
    Michael, this makes me sick to my stomach. I have been passing your blog on to my family members, all of whom are Marine/Navy/Army veterans, many still in and deployed currently. This is disheartening, but I am right there with you, change needs to happen. Time to regroup, revise, work the AARs and LL'd.
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    Jean · 9 years ago
    I watched the video of Grisham trying to trip up the elderly gentleman. Thank you for posting it. We will be praying.
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    Heywood Jablomi · 9 years ago
    ..What is Grisham's Lifestyle Polygraph investigation like?

    What are security clearance reviewers doing, if they continue to grant Grisham a TS?


    Just the mouse incident alone raises serious questions about his mental stability. When you add up all of the other "attention-grabbing" episodes, you have to wonder how and why Grisham is permitted to remain in uniform.

    And he is a Master Sergeant!

    This is the same Army that failed to act when the Fort Hood Shooter engaged in egregious attention-seeking behavior.

    Maybe Grisham actually is a homosexual. That would be an explanation.

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    Manny · 9 years ago
    Military Police needs to arrest MSGT Grisham. Dis-honorable discharge.
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    JHW · 9 years ago
    As another poster mentioned, this kind of thing happened to an extent in RVN. REMFS...Drug use, riots, disciplinary problems, the kind of things actual combat troops were too busy for. Then these jerks go home and tell war stories and years later jump on the PTSD compensation bandwagon, crying about nightmares and demanding compensation.

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