ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca
Jan18

ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca

ISIS Aims to Occupy Mecca The recent early morning clash between a Saudi border patrol and extremists trying to enter Saudi Arabia from Iraq appears to be the latest indicator of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) intent to expand its influence and control from its stronghold in Syria and Iraq south into Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the rest of the Arab...

Read More
Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jan17

Questioning Charlie Hebdo or Being Algerian is not Terrorism! (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

Are the French and the West reflexively lumping simple critics of Charlie Hebdo’s editorial decisions and Western policy together with the terrorists who struck Paris? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, columnist M. Saadoune comments on the way people loyal to France, Algerians and others, who oppose both cartoons showing the Prophet Muhammed and the horrifying acts of violence perpetrated in his name – are...

Read More
Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?
Jan15

Is ‘Je suis Charlie’ an Accurate Slogan?

In the wake of the terrorist massacre in Paris, the new battle cry throughout the civilized world is “Je suis Charlie,” meaning “I am Charlie.” The phrase expresses solidarity for the four cartoonists and 13 others butchered by Islamic terrorists who attacked the satirical newspaper and a kosher market. But, actually, it’s clear now that the slogan for this century should be another one: “We are...

Read More
In Memoriam: Remembering  the Heroes of ‘Old Shaky’
Jan15

In Memoriam: Remembering the Heroes of ‘Old Shaky’

Four years ago, on the 50th anniversary of a tragedy that struck close to home, I wrote about “‘Old Shaky,’ a “Texas Tower” 85 miles southeast of New York City — no, not one of those — that went down in a violent storm with 28 souls on board. Last year, on the 53rd anniversary and with the help of an Air Force veteran who served on one of those Towers, I followed up on the story in a more personal, reminiscent way....

Read More
Group Alleging to Be ISIS Hacks U.S. Military Social Media Accounts
Jan12

Group Alleging to Be ISIS Hacks U.S. Military Social Media Accounts

Updated | A group claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State, the terrorist organization commonly known as ISIS, hacked the Twitter account and YouTube account of U.S. Central Command—one of nine unified commands in the U.S. military—on Monday afternoon. The first tweet to emerge from the hijacked account read, “AMERICAN SOLDIERS, WE ARE COMING, WATCH… Graphic (not part of the original Newsweek piece) via...

Read More
Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)
Jan12

Dominique de Villepin: Let France ‘Resist the Spirit of War’ (Le Monde, France)

Dominique de Villepin, a foreign minister of France best known in the United States for his U.N. Security Council opposition to the 2003 Iraq invasion, has written this impassioned plea to the French people not to embrace a mindset of war in the struggle against Islamist terrorism, and not to renounce the country’s democratic values amid concerns for security. In the pages of Le Monde, he calls into question a slew of recent...

Read More
You’re Either With Free Speech, or Against It?
Jan11

You’re Either With Free Speech, or Against It?

Four years ago I riled against a group that routinely exercised — grossly abused, I felt — their, our, sacred First Amendment rights. They regularly appeared at funerals of our troops and vilely — through their shameful signs and tactics — desecrated the funerals and the memories of our fallen heroes. They also staged protests at Jewish temples, at the World War II memorial and at Washington-area schools,...

Read More
AirAsia Flight 8501: Tail Section Found in Java Sea
Jan07

AirAsia Flight 8501: Tail Section Found in Java Sea

As with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and as with so many other international disasters and tragedies, the U.S. military is there. “There” this time is the Java Sea between Surabaya, Indonesia and Singapore, where AirAsia Flight 8501, an Airbus A320 carrying 162 souls, went down 11 days ago. Two U.S. Navy ships are in the area assisting the search and recovery efforts: The USS Fort Worth, a littoral combat ship based in San Diego and...

Read More
The ‘Ebola Fighters’ TIME Forgot
Jan03

The ‘Ebola Fighters’ TIME Forgot

TIME Magazine selected the “Ebola Fighters” as their 2014 “Person of the Year.” In explaining the choice, TIME Editor Nancy Gibbs evokes the proverb that says, “Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero’s heart.” And, indeed, “the people in the field, the special forces of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Christian medical-relief workers of Samaritan’s Purse and many others...

Read More
Many in Our Navy Already Standing Watch in 2015
Dec31

Many in Our Navy Already Standing Watch in 2015

As we get ready to ring in the New Year, many of our troops overseas are already standing watch in the New Year. One Navy blog has this story: At the time this blog is posted, most people in the United States are busy readying themselves for a well-deserved evening of revelry ringing in the New Year. They are free to do so, in large part, because at the same time more than 100 #USNavy ships and more than 50,000 U.S. Navy Sailors are...

Read More
Military Year In Review
Dec29

Military Year In Review

Now that Christmas is over (hope everyone had a joyous one) and the New Year is suddenly upon us (wishing you a great one), many of us are reflecting on “el Año Viejo” from a personal perspective (here’s hoping it was a good one for you). Many others are capturing the old year with an eye on world events, politics, the economy, sports, entertainment, etc. There will be many more of these “look-backs” but — with the...

Read More
The Afghanistan War Is Over!  Or Is it?
Dec28

The Afghanistan War Is Over! Or Is it?

After more than 13 years of bloody fighting that has cost the lives of more than 2,200 U.S. troops and over $1 trillion, the longest war in America’s history has finally come to an end — or has it? In a low-key flag lowering ceremony today at the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan — an event that had to be arranged in secret due to the continuing threat of Taliban attacks...

Read More
Cartoon: Dick Cheney
Dec26

Cartoon: Dick Cheney

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

Read More
The Christmas Spirit Knows No Borders
Dec25

The Christmas Spirit Knows No Borders

Santa Claus and service members bow their heads in prayer during the Joint Forces Command United Assistance holiday tree lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia. (Photo DOD) Merry Christmas,...

Read More
Remembering Our Troops on Christmas Day
Dec23

Remembering Our Troops on Christmas Day

Our “Big Wars” are finally winding down, yet our men and women in uniform continue to serve in harm’s way in various “conflicts,” operations and in other dangerous and risky assignments. While many are coming home this Christmas from Afghanistan, others are spending Christmas helping in the Ebola fight in West Africa, fighting ISIL in Iraq and Syria, engaging those who would do us harm elsewhere. Last Christmas, Jim Garamone at the...

Read More
‘Operation Christmas Drop’ – An Island Holiday Tradition
Dec22

‘Operation Christmas Drop’ – An Island Holiday Tradition

Do you know where Micronesia is? I am sure you do. It is a sub region of Oceania way out in the Western Pacific consisting of thousands of small and smaller islands. You probably also know that within the “Micronesia Region” there is now the Federated States of Micronesia, in turn consisting of four main island groups — one of them the Caroline Islands with more than 600 islands and coral atolls. Rich in World War II history,...

Read More
Despite Problems, Santa Still on Schedule
Dec21

Despite Problems, Santa Still on Schedule

Fortunately, no matter the myriad of problems the world faces during what should be a season of joy and peace, NORAD has informed the Defense Department that “every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents to the world’s estimated 1.9 billion children.” As reported here, NORAD has gone Hi-Tech, using increasingly sophisticated sensors, tracking algorithms, models and communication systems to...

Read More
The Singing Sergeants’ Twelve Days of Christmas
Dec15

The Singing Sergeants’ Twelve Days of Christmas

Last Christmas season we posted a few of the Singing Sergeants’ beautiful “12 Days of Christmas” You Tube performances. The Singing Sergeants is the official chorus of the United States Air Force Band and one of the world’s most versatile and traveled choral organizations. Originally formed in 1945 from the ranks of The United States Army Air Forces Band, the chorus has a long heritage of excellence. It is comprised of a score of...

Read More
Wreaths Across America
Dec14

Wreaths Across America

A reader reminded me yesterday of a beautiful tradition that has been taking place every December for 23 years. It is National Wreaths Across America Day. I have written about the event and the organization, Wreaths Across America, which every year organizes and supports the laying of thousands of wreaths at hundreds of cemeteries in all of our 50 states, wherever our veterans rest. The mission of Wreaths Across America is simple yet...

Read More
In Praise of the U.S. Senate’s CIA Torture Report (News, Switzerland)
Dec14

In Praise of the U.S. Senate’s CIA Torture Report (News, Switzerland)

Whatever difficulties it presents for George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, and however uncomfortable it makes the people involved, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News writes that the report on torture released by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is a refutation of those who use terrorism to justify mass surveillance and proves that in Western democracies, the capacity still exists to ‘depart from...

Read More
Page 1 of 3912345...101520...Last »