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…

Know Your Role

I will admit that I spend an inordinate amount of time reading the published opinions and articles of others.  For me it can be both educational and frustrating.  I thought I would share a few of the fallacies that are actually quite common here in this country – perhaps around the world.  I call this…

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…

Why

Why is it so important to you? Why do you work so hard to help others? Why? I will tell this one time.  It is something unknown to all but those closest to me.  Even many of my fellow soldiers with whom I served in combat are unaware of these things. I shouldn’t be here.…

Survival Essentials: CBRN

With much attention being focused on Syria and the reports of chemical weapons being employed there, I thought I would take a moment to discuss a vital aspect of survival that I believe is neglected.  CBRN (chemical, biological,  radiological,  nuclear) knowledge should be considered critical to any long term survival strategy.  But, it is something…