Deuce Four

Michael Yon finally has his long-awaited (by me, at least) article on the Deuce Four banquet: The overwhelming joy of being home with families and friends was grounded by the permanent losses and severe battle scars of those who paid the…

Cold Grass

This weekend I learned that our two close friends are getting divorced. What a cold day this is.

Iraq War History Lesson

Inquiring minds want to know ... -Did the Iraqi War begin strictly as a response to the 9/11 attacks? -What factor did faulty intelligence play in leading the U.S. into the war? -Was the war waged exclusively upon a crusading fervor shown…

Powering Up the Fringe

Gerald Baker ponders the American Democratic leadership from across the pond: Half the Democratic members of the Senate â€â€? oddly enough, including all those with serious presidential aspirations â€â€? John Kerry,…

Murtha’s War

Like John Kerry and a number of others, I don't want to hear any bad-mouthing of Jack Murtha. Murtha represents in Congress a district in the hardscrabble mountain country out around Johnstown, some of the poorest Appalachian terrain in…

Who Said It?

"I like guys who've never been there that criticize us who've been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done."…

Sully on Murtha

Some perspective is needed in this new debate. Andy Sullivan gives it. It seems to me it would be more helpful if Republicans and conservatives offered positive arguments for how to do better instead of attacking every critic as a wuss,…

Truth and Dissent

Greg Djerejian at The Belgravia Dispatch has been one of the few bloggers I've been reading who has managed to keep his head in the current political meltdown over Iraq and Bush/Cheney. That is, he navigates between the Scylla of…