By Lex, on Sun – May 29, 2005
This won’t be deep, or moving. It won’t challenge your assumptions or change your world view. There will be no blinding revelation at the end, something that ties it all together in a neat emotional bow.
Loss isn’t like that.
And we have given so much of our best recently, for a goal whose end seems nearly as far away today as ever it did.
Memorial Day, now two years on – has it really only been two years? Somehow it seems longer. Somehow I have a hard time clearly remembering a time when we weren’t at war. I have a hard time remembering when young men and women didn’t gain a moment’s fame on page two of the local paper under the heading “Daily developments “:
By Lex, on Thu – May 5, 2005
By now, being who you are, you’ve seen that picture from Mosul. The one of the dying Iraqi child , being held by the Army major.
Read on then.
Click on the picture for hi-res, if you can stand it.
The M4 Carbine proved suitable to the close-in fight in Iraq, but in the wide open rural spaces of Afghanistan – as the debacle at Wanat helped to demonstrate – not so much:
(A) U.S. Army study found that the 5.56 mm bullets fired from M-4s don’t retain enough velocity at distances greater than 1,000 feet (300 meters) to kill an adversary. In hilly regions of Afghanistan, NATO and insurgent forces are often 2,000 to 2,500 feet (600-800 meters) apart.
Posted by Lex, on July 31, 2009
The flotsam and jetsam from things that have come into my scan. Updated throughout the day, maybe.
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By lex, on August 9th, 2011
An interesting article on the Army’s “culture of conformity” submitted by occasional reader Red which may shed some light on what the authors believe is a long-running and systemic inability of the elder service’s officer corps to adapt to changing conditions:
By lex, on June 28th, 2011
After 9/11, the Army directed its Pentagon troops wear combat utilities even in the button-downed hallways of the Five-Sided Wind Tunnel. The reasoning was to emphasize that even those in the rear were a part of the Global War on Terror.
Farewell to all that:
By Lex, on July 17, 2008
No better friend: *
It took Sgt. Michael Espejo Jr. a moment to realize that the injured Afghan policeman he was dragging away from a burning truck was no policeman at all.
He had one of the man’s arms draped over his shoulder and felt an odd bulk under his Afghan National Police shirt. Some new body armor, maybe?
And then he noticed the wire coming out of the sleeve and the switch device in the man’s hand.
A suicide bomber — in his arms