Wading in the Rubicon

(or the Oxus, as the case may be)
AUGUST 20, 2012 2:50PM




French Cannon

            According to thundering proclamations in nearly every professional journal the army has, we have passed, once again, through the throes of a new “Revolution in Military Affairs.” Yea. U/… Read full post »

AUGUST 19, 2012 5:59AM

Mere Tactics

   Spin Boldak **

         Some time ago, a few years actually, I was having lunch at a dining facility in Iraq and I found myself sharing a table with several members of a Personal Security Detachment or a “PSD,” as we cal/… Read full post »

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MAY 30, 2011 11:53AM

Upon Fiddler's Green

Fiddlers Green  

“Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.”

        The first of my friends to fall in thisRead full post »


 From: backsight_forethought@fakeaddress.com
To: IncredibleDaughter@hotmail.com
Subject: RE: Changes
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 12:14:09 -0400

Daughter Forethought,
      As always, I cannot tell you how proud I am of you. Sweetheart, I am as proud as a
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Oh God, Not These! 

(Please, not these...)


Dear Readers of Open Salon, help.


The few who might see this, and know something of my prior writing, will know that I am a soldier, and that I am in Afghanistan. This means that there are some things that I, and those around me, do… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2011 5:24AM

Secure the Building

          A few other Open Salon writers have now made reference to their own time under the colors, years and even decades ago.  We who have been inside the military do, however, seem moderately few and far between at this site. As a corollary, there/… Read full post »

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MAY 13, 2011 6:47AM

I'm So Sorry, Mr. Robinson


"So why did you sign up?”

I am still trying, as best I can, to answer a few of the questions posed to me here. This one seems like the logical next step. The only problem is that the decision at issue was so long ago that I fear andRead full post »

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MAY 9, 2011 1:37AM

O Positive

Red Cross  

“Why do you continue to serve?”

This was the question posed to me, among others, just the other day.

It is not a new question. I have heard it said half a dozen ways over the years, both during peace and war. It is not a simple question to answer.Read full post »

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MAY 6, 2011 9:58AM

Two Tons of Granite



          It was a bright fall day, sometime in the mid-1970s. My friend Tad and I had ridden our bikes down into town after school to check out the hobby store. Not that it had changed. Taggart’s w… Read full post »

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MAY 5, 2011 10:45AM

A Gleek in Afghanistan

The inherent contradictions embodied in what I am about to say cannot be resolved without amusing somebody. Several somebodies, in all likelihood. Hell, probably all of you.

I am an Army Airborne-Ranger-Infantry Gleek in Afghanistan.

Yes, you read that right. I am, in addition to being a professional… Read full post »

MAY 3, 2011 11:33AM

How It Feels Over Here

By almost any measure, I think I am somewhat alone here. On Salon, in Afghanistan. But then, that's nothing new. So bear with me for a moment while I tell you what it has been like here for the past couple of days.

At least, for me.

The news for… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2011 4:27AM

The Man Who Really Takes It

 ww2stories Not too long ago a civilian I know, a devout conservative, upon hearing speculation about the resumption of a draft, said, “I support it but we just have to make sure that the right people are drafted.” I asked for clarification, and after disclaimers it came down to thRead full post »