Monthly Archive

2009
Welcome to our Archives page. On this page you will find totaly 30 of our articles broken down into Months and Years.

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Iraq gov't gets control of Green Zone, US troops

BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. formally transferred control of the Green Zone to Iraqi authorities Thursday in a pair of ceremonies that also handed back Saddam Hussein's former palace. Iraq's prime minister... read more..

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TV News Winds Down Operations on Iraq War

Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America’s three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq. ... read more..

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Border Bullies

The Department of Homeland Security in Action 04 January 2009A Thai friend with whom I have traveled in Europe and Asia took time off from her job to meet me in Florida over the holidays.  This was a ... read more..

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Godspeed to Paula Loyd

Published: 08 January 2009 Word just came to me that Paula Loyd died.  The word came from a close mutual friend who currently is in Afghanistan.  Godspeed to Paula.  Those who knew Paula said many gre... read more..

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From Webmaster

Michael does not endorse comments calling for the abolition of Islam.  He also does not endorse the abolition of Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism.  He strongly wishes to abolish war, but i... read more..

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Red Flag

A missive arrived to me from a well-placed British officer.  I know this officer well, and respect his abilities.  He has been to both Iraq and Afghanistan.  In part, the missive said:“Please have a l... read more..

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Michael Moore Lawsuit

Due to many meetings and holiday travel, I am still working on pieces about the incredible U.S. soldiers who took me on some dangerous missions in December.  Also, my trip with Secretary of Defense, R... read more..

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Education and Challenges in Afghanistan

This is a great interview with General David Petraeus:Gen. David Petraeus: In looking at which lessons learned in Iraq might be applicable in Afghanistan, it is important to remember a key principle o... read more..

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Michael Moore Lawsuit Update

Published: 15 January 2009 We have not yet filed in court, but will very soon if Mr. Moore does not settle the matter immediately.  The court paperwork takes time, though my attorney informed me that ... read more..

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McCaffrey on Mexico

16 January 2009 General (ret.) Barry McCaffrey is an ex-drug Czar.  He is deeply concerned about Mexico.  Recently, I met with General McCaffrey privately for more than two hours.  I asked for his tho read more..

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Attack on U.S. Forces in Kabul

Kabul Suicide Attack From an unofficial but credible source:  On Saturday morning, 17 January 2009, a suicide bomber hit a sewage tanker near the German Embassy (Kabul).  2 U.S. soldier... read more..

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Attack on U.S. Forces in Kabul

Kabul Suicide Attack From an unofficial but credible source:  On Saturday morning, 17 January 2009, a suicide bomber hit a sewage tanker near the German Embassy (Kabul).  2 U.S. soldiers killed, 2 wou... read more..

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Rollin' in Hash

18 January 2009 Our people in the fighting tell their stories better than anyone.  This photo-essay just came to me from Afghanistan.  Our soldiers are not professional writers, nor photog read more..

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Tom Ricks discusses CSM Jeff Mellinger

I spent a lot of time in Iraq with CSM Jeff Mellinger.  Truly a soldier's soldier.  CSM Mellinger knows more about the Iraq war than any man I know.  (And that's a lot.)  You think those 15 month tour... read more..

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Jerusalem

27 January 2009 Recently I was invited to the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington D.C. to receive an award for journalism in Afghanistan.  I was incredibly happy to receive this journalism award from the... read more..

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How Can the World Be Blind to Israel’s Existential Threats?

Published: 01 February 2009I heard Benjamin Netanyahu, the person who could soon become Israel’s new prime minister, speak this week at the Jerusalem Conference. The most pressing point that he talked... read more..

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Afghanistan: A Dream That Will Not Come True

03 February 2009  Afghanistan is a gaunt, thorny bush, growing amid rocks and dust on dry windswept plains, sweltering deserts, and man-crushing mountains. Its neighbors are treacherous. The Afghan pe read more..

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It’s Raining

Published: 06 February 2009There had been a light, cold drizzle just before the Muslim taxi driver picked me up in Jerusalem.  It should be a 90-minute drive to Sderot, in southern Israel.  Along the ... read more..

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REPORT FROM USMC in Anbar Province

MGen John Kelly USMC, CG MNF West, senior Marine in Iraq.From: Kelly MajGen John F (CG) Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 9:53 AM  Election DayI don't suppose this will get much coverage in the Sta... read more..

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Hamas Stealing Food Aid From Its Own People?

07 February 2009It would appear that the terrorist group Hamas is stealing from its own people. This should not be surprising; Hamas is a criminal organization engaged in criminal activities.  Even th read more..

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The Dissenter Who Changed the War

Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno was an unlikely dissident, with little in his past to suggest that he would buck his superiors and push the U.S. military in radically new directions. ... read more..

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Planning Victory in Afghanistan

Fred Kagan is a very smart man and dedicated to winning.  When Mr. Kagan talks, I listen.  I recently got to talk with him privately for more than two ours in Bahrain.... read more..

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Exclusive Excerpt of Tom Ricks' Upcoming Book in The Washington Post Today

The Washington Post today has the second exclusive excerpt from Tom Ricks' upcoming book "The Gamble." Today Ricks looks at Gen. David Petraeus' political strategy as he faced the mission of executing... read more..

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McCaffrey Update on National Security

Please click to view entire document. ... read more..

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How Much is Afghanistan Really Worth to Us?

10 February 2009While we prepare to shunt perhaps 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan (which still will not be enough), Russia continues to play the Asian chessboard.  The Russians are picking off pawn read more..

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Lithuanian Forces and Piotr Stanczak

11 February 2009 This pamphlet came from our Lithuanian friends, who are proud of the hard work they are performing in Afghanistan.  They've earned such an excellent reputation with U.S. forces that I read more..

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The Eagle Went over the Mountain

11 February 2009 Please click to view entire Power Point.   {loadposition user8} read more..

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The India I remember

11 February 2009 This is the India I remember.  I've had two lives; the one in India, and all the rest. read more..

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Interesting Afghan Statistics

15 February 2009 One must always be careful with statistics, and especially so when dealing with insurgencies.  The numbers tend to lag behind the true current situation.  For instance, in July of 200 read more..

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Lessons In Survival

17 February 2009 The science that explains why elite military forces bounce back faster than the rest of us. read more..

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