Is ISIS/ISIL making a strategic mistake?

Over the last two days, many reports have surfaced that a faction of Al Qaeda, the al-Nusra Front, has joined forces with ISIS in their bid to carve away large sections of Syria and Iraq and claim them as their own.  Although these two factions reportedly had a falling out over tactics in Syria, if…

The Strange New World

Anyone who has known me for more than a day knows I have never been fond of the Iranians.  As an old soldier who began his career during the cold war, I was trained to hate two entities – the USSR and Iran.  The USSR because, well, Cold War; the Iranians because they were (and…

Alone: Killing the warrior class

“How you doing, bro?” “Check on your buddy.” We’ve all heard these things repeated thousands of times over these long years of war.  Although many of us don’t heed the warnings and most of us will reply to any inquiries with a simple, “I’m fine”, we repeat these phrases reflexively on many occasions. The most…