Military Affairs

A soldier signals to hold

Biden’s military politicization is genuinely the sort of thing authoritarians do.

By Justin Katz | October 15, 2021 |

If you blinked (or don’t get your information from non-mainstream-progressive news sources), you might have missed the Biden administration’s explicit attempts to politicize the United States military along partisan lines.  John Lucas explains for The Federalist: President Joe Biden and his administration are continuing to purge and politicize the American military. Consistent with the totalitarian left’s…

A water drop and ripples

An increase in veterans’ calls to a suicide hotline is terrible, but so was the baseline

By Justin Katz | September 1, 2021 |

This is horrible news to read, from Mike Brest of The Washington Examiner: Veterans placed more than 35,000 calls to the Veterans Crisis Line between Aug. 13 and 29, according to VA data provided to the Washington Examiner, which coincides with the time period in which the U.S. military and coalition forces were embarking on…

A water drop and ripples

“‘It would be better to die under the Taliban’s bullet’ than face the crowds again, a staff member was quoted as saying in the cable.”

By Justin Katz | August 25, 2021 |

Reports from local staff members at the U.S. embassy in Kabul as Abigail Williams and Yuliya Talmazan report for NBC News. (Via Instapundit.)

A soldier signals to hold

Our fallen heroes deserve a living memorial.

By Justin Katz | May 31, 2021 |

War’s character is recondite in the flow of history to a civilization that seeks to avoid it. War is at once utterly logical and senseless.  The examiner feels as if it must be possible to trace the chain of causes that sparked the bloodshed while thinking it incomprehensible that anything should ever burn so hot.…

A (Temporary) Gubernatorial “Deployment”: Bravo, Governor

By Monique Chartier | April 18, 2012 |

There probably isn’t a single policy issue about which I agree with Governor Chafee. But this is a very good thing that he is doing. Governor Chafee is visiting with Rhode Island troops deployed in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan this week as part of a tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. “They were…

After Criticism, Ship Naming Reverts to Tradition

By Marc Comtois | February 17, 2012 |

A quick follow-up to my post last week on how Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has a high batting average when it comes to departing from naval ship naming conventions: apparently the complaints worked. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, under fire from Congress and veterans for naming ships after fellow Democrats and social activists, plans…

Air Force Soldiers Remains Dumped In A Landfill

By Patrick Laverty | December 12, 2011 |

This seemed like one of those articles that you read the headlines and think to yourself “Nah, it can’t really be about something like that.” The headlines read: Air Force: Remains of service members went to landfill Air Force dumped hundreds of remains of dead soldiers from Dover base into landfill: report Pretty horrible, right?…

Kunis and Timberlake: Two Stars Who “Get it”

By Marc Comtois | November 22, 2011 |

I’m hardly a regular consumer of celebrity culture, but the fact that Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis followed through with their promises to attend respective Marine Corps balls gives me hope that at least some of our contemporary Hollywood stars “get it.” By all accounts, both were good dates. Timberlake blogged about the experience and…

Veterans Day 2011

By Patrick Laverty | November 11, 2011 |

Some Veterans Day events in Rhode Island

Via WPRO, John Loughlin Checks In From Iraq

By Monique Chartier | October 1, 2011 |

John Loughlin, currently serving in Iraq, sent a letter to WPRO (was this via snail mail?), mainly describing his duties and schedule but also touching on living conditions. Below is an excerpt; inexplicably, WPRO did not put up the entire letter. I found his description of the living quarters especially enlightening. Keep in mind that…

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