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Israeli tanks positioned near Gaza

4 January 2009

Summary Israel’s military forces began a ground invasion of Gaza on Jan. 3, following a weeklong aerial campaign aimed at devastating the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The logistics of the operation will be a serious challenge for Israel Defense Forces. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed that it has begun to move troops into Gaza, CNN […]

Boardwalk and Park Place go to war

1 January 2009

In September 1944 a hungry, cold, terrified airman hunched over what remained of a recently arrived Red Cross package. He had been a POW since his Lancaster was shot down over the Ruhr valley in 1943. His excitement grew as he saw the tiny red spot. He had been briefed about it just before his […]

An IBM engineer Navy Reservist back from Iraq

13 December 2008

(Interesting read from a Navy Reserve Chief Petty Officer.) Dear Friends and Family: I’ve been back from Iraq two months now, and acclimating to civilian Life.  I want to give you a short account of the last few weeks in Iraq the trip home and my thoughts on the war. We were prohibited blogging, so […]

A Navy Cross he can’t wear

3 November 2008

Somewhere out in the fleet, there’s a Navy medical officer who earned the Navy Cross during vicious, hammering combat five years ago. And he’s not authorized to wear the award — second only to the Medal of Honor. That’s because the 2003 mission, during which the officer fought like a demon and put himself in […]

Ed Freeman

19 October 2008

You’re an 18 or 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965. LZ Xray, Vietnam. Your Infantry Unit is outnumbered 8 – 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the Medi-Vac […]

The Medvedev Doctrine and American Strategy

5 September 2008

Graphic for Geopolitical Intelligence Report The United States has been fighting a war in the Islamic world since 2001. Its main theaters of operation are in Afghanistan and Iraq, but its politico-military focus spreads throughout the Islamic world, from Mindanao to Morocco. The situation on Aug. 7, 2008, was as follows: 1. The war in […]

Decision Time in South Ossetia

11 August 2008

Fighting in Georgia’s separatist enclave of South Ossetia picked up overnight Friday. Georgia moved regular army forces into the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali proper after having captured most of the suburbs and encircling the town. The Georgian government says that its forces now hold most South Ossetian territory, including all of the heights overlooking […]

The Best And the Brightest

4 August 2008

About a year ago, I opened an e-mail from EKalata@vascularsociety.com thinking it was just another blast to the Society of Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) membership regarding the vascular surgery issue of the day. Instead, it was a request from the U.S. Army, which had contacted the SVS to request help from volunteer vascular surgeons. The war […]

Why the gun is civilization

21 July 2008

This is an oldie but goodie. Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into […]