Around the time of the 2008 presidential election between John McCain and Barrack Obama I was ordered by the Department of Defense to report to Fort Benning Georgia as part of my in-processing back into the military. I had been on the "inactive ready reserve," or "IRR," a rather unpleasant status which meant that I … Continue reading Socialism in the American Military
The vital importance of the American soldier in the past seemed much more self-evident than it does today. From the Revolution to World War II, the United States soldier carried a reputation and esteem that went nearly unquestioned -- at least in the popular imagination of today. Today, however, we need to force it a … Continue reading Has Weapons Technology Diminished the American Soldier?
When on deployment, the day-to-day routine can be roughly divided into mission days and recovery days. You either have a formal mission handed down through the chain of command, or you have the day to maximize your mission readiness in anticipation of whatever the next mission is. I was part of an armored combat engineer … Continue reading Recovery Days in Iraq, 2003
You never know what somebody else is going through. Lots of veterans return home with some PTSD, but it is a hard thing to understand. I had what I think was a little bit of PTSD in the immediate months after my first tour in Iraq. Even with that, I have a hard time understanding … Continue reading A little bit of PTSD after Iraq
When a soldier is killed, what has occurred? Does it matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing? Was it better to be a dead soldier lying face down in the dirt at Breed's Hill or Gettysburg, than leaning against a wall or a post in Khost or Baghdad? Does it matter … Continue reading When a soldier dies.
This year there seems to be a stronger public emphasis on distinguishing what Memorial Day is about (remembering the sacrifice of Americans fallen in war) from Veterans Day, and to appreciate Memorial Day's seriousness and gravity. I'm inspired by everyone out there collectively doing this. As we remember the fallen, it also seems like an important time to reflect on our … Continue reading Memorial Day and Our Politics
Plenty of conservatives are strongly critical of George W. Bush and the Iraq war, and today they are going after Jeb Bush for supporting his brother and the war he started.
There are many summer months in Baghdad, Iraq when you look up into the sky and all you see is a solid light blue. From one side of the horizon to the other, whether you turn your head all the way left or all the way right: light blue all around. There is not a single cloud of … Continue reading A Vivid Memory, Iraq 2003