By lex, on December 16th, 2008
Today that’s often taken to mean bravely foregoing a second croissant. Sixty-four years ago today, the term had a very different connotation indeed.
Having successfully lodged and expanded a beach head in Normandy in June of 1944, Allied forces spent the rest of that month and most of July trying to breakout through the French hedgerows – a brutal battle of attrition requiring on-the-battlefield innovation.
By lex, on May 24th, 2008
Read the story of Ross McGinnis – son, juvenile delinquent, soldier, hero, Medal of Honor winner:
By lex, on May 1st, 2008
“Laws control the lesser man,” wrote Mark Twain, who concluded by saying, “right conduct controls the greater one.”
Vice President Cheney pinned (PFC Monica) Brown, of Lake Jackson, Tex., with a Silver Star in March for repeatedly risking her life on April 25, 2007, to shield and treat her wounded comrades, displaying bravery and grit. She is the second woman since World War II to receive the nation’s third-highest combat medal.
By lex, on January 16th, 2008
Army Rangers on a raid hunting an al Qaeda assassination cell in Mosul on Christmas morning got an unwelcome present: The sight of two gunmen playing the “human shield” game. Unfortunately for the terrorists, it’s hard for two grown men to hide behind an eleven year old child. Using precise fires, the Rangers killed both men, leaving the child unharmed.
That’s when it started to get interesting:
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.