Monthly Archives: August 2012

“Where do you think this happened, a bar fight?”

 LtCol Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, on whether women should be assigned combat roles.  Duckworth lost her legs in combat while piloting a Blackhawk helicopter. Advertisements

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Marines Consider Increased Role for Women in Corps

American Forces Press Service, Aug. 28, 2012. DUH. Ok, adding a few quotes from the article: (C)ommandant (James F. Amos) said many women have been in combat in the wars fought over the last decade. “Women in combat have not … Continue reading

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“Anarchist” soldiers prosecuted for terrorist plots–and murder.

This is a bad couple of days for military news.  Marines punished for desecrating enemy corpses; soldiers punished for unheedingly burning Qurans; now soldiers from Ft. Stewart, GA being prosecuted as “anarchists” who wanted to overthrow the government. Really.  Overthrow … Continue reading

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Marines Disciplined for Taliban Desecration

From the American Forces Press Service: Marines Disciplined for Taliban Desecration  WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2012 – Three Marines received nonjudicial punishment today for their roles in the desecration of enemy corpses in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps Combat Development Command announced. … Continue reading

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Day is Done

This image evoked the distantly-heard sound of “Taps.”  A note on the background of “Taps:” The term originates from the Dutch term taptoe, meaning “close the (beer) taps (and send the troops back to camp).”  “Military tattoo‘ comes from the same … Continue reading

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Standing Guard for the Angels

Some events challenge one’s ability to find the appropriate words. I’ll just reproduce here the story as it appeared online. “The Blacksphere.” Every now and then, in the middle of the constant barrage of crap that’s just pissing us all … Continue reading

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“There’s Only the Marine Breed”

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta loves Marines.  It’s evident in the commissioning speech he gave recently at the ceremony for the Marine Corps Officer Candidates School at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA.  He’s transparently sincere.  Here … Continue reading

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