Posts Tagged ‘war’

I’m going to depart from my usual war and cop stories to talk a bit about current events. To me, the most important issue in the public eye is the Benghazi consulate attack and our country’s response. If there is one single issue that’s going to drive my vote, this might be it. I’m not […]


I’ve been asked why I was so frustrated when I came home from Afghanistan. After my deployment, I was mad. Not at my family, not exactly at myself, not at what I personally had done, but at some of what I had experienced. I also felt guilt, for a few things. To explain how frustrating […]


No joke, there I was, on a mountain ridge in the middle of a dark night in Afghanistan. Another American soldier and I were attached to a French Marine sniper team, which was part of a company setting overwatch for another French unit. When the sun rose, we would be in place to cover the […]


As I said in my introductory post, I try to stay away from politics. That’s just about impossible at the moment, as our impending election leads family members, friends and neighbors to accuse each other of being either “commies” or “nazipublicans”. I’m always amazed at the level of invective the opposing sides hurl at each […]


Death Blossom: A last-ditch defense technique, used by the final remaining friendly fighter spacecraft, to destroy a swarm of attacking enemy fighters. When the Death Blossom was initiated the friendly fighter spun in random patterns while firing every weapon in all directions. From a scene in the 1984 sci-fi movie “The Last Starfighter.” So no […]


No joke, there I was. . .  in the convoy yard at Camp Anaconda, Iraq, waiting to roll south through Baghdad to Tallil. The evening was nice and cool, and we had no intelligence about Improvised Explosive Devices on our route. Looked like it was going to be a quiet night. This had been a […]


I wrote this story because it’s one of my most vivid memories from Afghanistan, and because I feel a bit like an idiot when I look back on it, and on my actions afterward.       So no joke, there I was, on the mean streets/dirt paths of northeastern Afghanistan. A villager had reported a buried […]



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