Islamic militants are retaking Iraq

Islamic radicals are scoring victory after victory over the Iraqi government left in place by departing American forces.   Tikrit, the hometown of Saddam Hussein,  is in rebel hands, as is  Mosul, the nation’s second largest city.  Now the insurgents are 70 miles away from Baghdad. [Read more...]

D-day + 70 years

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when allied troops landed at Normandy on the French coast, the beginning of the end of World War II.

I remember a number of years ago visiting Normandy and looking down at Omaha beach from the remains of a German bunker that overlooked a tall bluff to the beach below.  The landing crafts and the soldiers who somehow made it to the beach were sitting ducks and thousands of Americans died in those first waves of the attack.  And yet, somehow, they kept coming and eventually climbed up the sheer cliff and took that bunker and the others like it.

The heroism shown by the American, British, Canadian, and other allied troops is nearly unimaginable.  Each beach had its own story.  Read about two of them and link to the rest after the jump. [Read more...]

The POW exchange debacle

The POW release was orchestrated to be a feel-good moment .  But now the Obama administration is dealing with a major scandal.  Not just because 5 dangerous terrorist leaders were released from Gitmo.  Not just because the president broke the law in not informing Congress.  But mainly because America’s troops are in an uproar about all of this attention being given to an anti-American deserter whose dereliction of duty reportedly cost the lives of six soldiers. [Read more...]

Prisoner exchange and the law

The Obama administration negotiated the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive in Afghanistan for nearly five years, in exchange for five senior Taliban leaders being held in Guantanamo.  He was reportedly the last POW being held.  The problem is, the law requires the administration to consult with Congress when releasing prisoners from the Guantanamo prison, which the administration did not do.  Officials from the executive branch acknowledge that they did not follow the law.

UPDATE:  To add another level of controversy, Sgt. Bergdahl was evidently a deserter.

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Tripwire to World War III

Many Americans are wondering, what difference does Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine make for us?  Well, a number of observers are saying that Vladimir Putin might next go after the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), bordering countries that used to be part of the USSR and that also have large Russian minorities with grievances.

Those Baltic states are now members of the European Union.  Moreover, they are members of NATO.  As are we.  And, as the article linked after the jump says, “NATO is a mutual defense organization, meaning that an attack on one nation is considered an attack on all.”  NATO is currently sending military forces to the Baltics, which will probably include American troops, some of whom are already headed to Poland. [Read more...]

The difference one person can make

Some say history is made by vast social and economic forces.  Others say that even vast forces are launched by the actions of individual human beings .  Yesterday’s newspaper, in two separate articles, showed the difference made by two individuals, one whose actions led to the deaths of millions; the other whose actions led to saving the lives of billions. [Read more...]


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