Major Troop Drawdowns Long Overdue

U.S. Plans Major Cut Of Forces In Korea (washingtonpost.com) The same is supposedly going to happen in Germany, and it’s long overdue. I realize there are some logistical advantages to having facilities around the world, but alternate plans can be made. Korea, in particular, seems like a bad idea. We have 37,000 troops tied up there and they can do nothing that the South can’t do to stop the barrage...
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D-Day Remembered

CNN.com – Bush: America would do it again – Jun 6, 2004 It’s sad to think that this ten-year anniversary will be the last that a good number of the actual veterans of the Normandy invasion will be able to attend. Facing that kind of peril took enormous courage and these vets are entitled to any and all recognition we can give them before they pass on. With it being D-Day and all, I’m...
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I Suspect The Monsters Of Fallujah Will Regret Having Ever Messed With Us

Troops Wait Eagerly to Reenter Fallouja That is, if the 1st Marine Expeditionary force has anything to say about it. When it first happened I was angry and ready for a swift response. Now I think a deliberate approach is the way to go and it’s a good thing the military commanders are smarter and more seasoned than I am. There probably wouldn’t be much of Fallujah left if I had been in charge...
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War Heroes

Outside the Beltway: Why Are Victims Our Only War Heroes? James Joyner has a couple of links and some interesting thoughts on war heroes: Much of this is an artifact of 24-hour news television and historically low casualty rates. In WWII or Vietnam, we’d never have heard the name of a truck driver who’d received injuries from a vehicle accident because there were so many soldiers dying under heroic...
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Presidents And Military Service

WSJ.com – Kerry’s Own Words Thanks to Chrees for reminding me to post about this. As I expected, Bob Dole has jumped right into the question of President Bush’s military service — and the service of Presidents in general (no military pun intended) — and he comes down against using that as a singular measure of a person’s ability to be President. I know Kerry has...
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From The 25thID(L) Farewell Ceremony

Received without a link to the original. I’ll put pictures up as soon as I can get them to scale right: Deploying Soldiers Receive Farewell By Sgt. Bradley Rhen, Editor The green grass of Schofield Barracks’ Sills Field was temporarily replaced by the khaki of hundreds of Desert Camouflage Uniforms Friday during a deployment ceremony for Soldiers deploying to Iraq. Soldiers from the 2nd...
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We Mutually Pledge To Each Other Our Lives, Our Fortunes And Our Sacred Honor.

Bill Whittle has a new essay up. The 1st Marine Division — the ones that toppled the statue of Saddam in Baghdad — are headed back for Iraq — the Sunni Triangle –and are asking for your help. They’re taking the first half of the “no better friend, no worse enemy” slogan and putting it into action. They’re collecting money to help out in Iraq, such as...
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What, Force Multipliers Don’t Work?

Confront the Looming U.S. Military Crisis I’m being a wiseguy with the title to this post. It appears we are two divisions short to handle our commitments. I’m not expert enough to actually make a call on this, but I have been told that OPTEMPO is higher than at any time since Vietnam. You be the judge. Every day a haunting quote from a former Army general emerges to the forefront of my...
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America’s Evil Military

Eric, of Classical Values has a post on Dr. Rosalie Bertrell, whom I had never heard of thankfully, and her rantings regarding the military and their apparent ability to initiate earthquakes. Not only do these nasty guys start earthquakes in Iran, but also in San Francisco. Read the post for the scoop. Meanwhile, PunchTheBag notes that one columnist sees Marcus Mann as a hero for dropping his basketball...
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Whither NATO?

WSJ.com – NATO’s Decisive Hour It’s hard to take the “threat” of an EU military organization seriously when they won’t spend on their own military and contribute little to NATO. It seems pretty clear, though, that any new European defense force will come at the expense of NATO given that most European countries — Britain excepted, if you call them European...
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