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Bergdahl Skates


When I heard that confessed Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl will not get any prison time, you could have knocked me over with a DD-214. (I can’t bring myself to refer to him as Sergeant Bergdahl — he’s about as qualified by competence and character to be an NCO as I am to be Archbishop of […]

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No Jail Time for Bowe Bergdahl


Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post and was captured by the Taliban. In an effort to find him, good men died and others were permanently disabled. To get the deserter back, Barack Obama traded five terrorists. The President of the United States negotiated with terrorists. The final insult of the story came today: the judge involved […]

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Military Justice for Bergdahl


Eight years ago Army Private Bowe Bergdahl was stationed in Afghanistan. He didn’t like his fellow soldiers, his commanding officer, or pretty much anything about his circumstances. So he planned to change them. Bergdahl reportedly gave away his equipment, mailed his laptop to his parents in the U.S., and deserted his post. He was captured […]

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West Point’s Commie Cadet Spenser Rapone


A recent West Point graduate and self-identifying Marxist, 2nd Lieutenant Spenser Rapone, didn’t just become a rebellious communist. He has a history of insubordination.  Read a superior officer’s quavering report and weep. West Point did nothing. Lt. Rapone continues, as of this writing, as a commissioned officer. Who knows what happened to LTC Robert M. Heffington. […]

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Donald Trump’s Af-Pak Policy


The Trump Administration has recently announced that it will send 4,000 more U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan as part of an advisory and training operation, enhancing a counterterrorism model and joining an estimated 8,800 U.S. troops already in-country. Contemporaneously, the Administration has indicated that it will consider cutting U.S. aid to Pakistan, which has been declining […]

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It’s Trump’s War Now


Donald Trump kept us guessing about Afghanistan. Never during his campaign, nor in the first seven months of his presidency, did he give us an inkling of what he thought should be our policy goal in America’s longest-lasting war. With his August 21 speech, the president charted a path forward. It is now President Trump’s […]

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U.S. Navy Awash in Tragic and Embarrassing Collisions at Sea


According to a Navy version of gallows humor, “A collision at sea can ruin your whole day.” Well, a corollary to that quip might be, “A series of collisions at sea can sink a fleet admiral’s career.” The commander of the Navy’s Asia-based 7th Fleet was dismissed recently after a series of warship accidents raised […]

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The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan


About a month ago, President Trump met with his national security team — Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster — to review their proposed strategy for the war in Afghanistan. Trump rejected it, heatedly, because it proposed continuation of what we’ve been doing […]

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Needed: Civilian Control of the Military


In an August 7th Breaking Defense article entitled “Too Many Generals in the Trump Administration?” Naval War College Professor Joan Johnson-Freese questioned whether general officers with little or no experience outside the U.S. military bring the right job skills and cultural dispositions to their positions in the nation’s civilian government. Such a question seems particularly […]

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McMaster: The Ultimate Holdover


Many in the conservative media are urging President Trump to fire his national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. McMaster should be fired forthwith, but the reasons being argued are subsidiary to the primary reasons McMaster has to go. The debate over McMaster has been framed in terms of his loyalty to Trump. Though loyalty […]

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