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A not so simple primer on terrorism

I’ve read and watched a plethora of reporting on the Islamic State, and decided I’d set out to give a little base-line information on just what that group is, what they’re attempting to do, and why they’ve been so successful. The majority of information in the U.S. press is tainted by politics, with viewpoints, first and foremost, designed to damage a political party as opposed to informing the American public on the nature of the threat. As I began writing, I realized that the true problem wasn’t misinformation [...]

By | 2017-11-29T18:32:07+00:00 February 19th, 2015|Blog, Featured|34 Comments

GI Jennifer

When the Department of Defense announced that it would be opening combat roles to women, I immediately began receiving questions regarding my opinion on this issue.  I strove mightily to be noncommittal, and begged off for the most part because I really didn’t want to poke the sore.  Then, a couple of days ago, 2LT Sage Santegelo wrote an OpEd in the Washington post decrying the “double standard” she endured, which made her fail the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course, and so I decided to blog.  Against my [...]

By | 2017-12-01T13:55:24+00:00 April 2nd, 2014|Blog, Featured|20 Comments

In the days of my youth I was told what it means to be a man…

Living in Charleston, South Carolina can be a little funny at times.  Today was supposed to be “Snowmageddon”, with a light dusting of the fluffy stuff and the commensurate shutting down of any and all services.  My kids left school early, and we all waited.  By nine pm it hadn’t hit and I had to take the dog for a walk. As I turned the corner of our street, the rain/sleet finally began to fall, and the weather snapped my memory to times that I had once hated, [...]

By | 2017-11-17T18:35:45+00:00 January 28th, 2014|Blog, Featured|14 Comments

Al Awlaki: The Difference Between War and Peace

The death of Anwar al Awlaki by a predator drone strike last week has sparked a heated debate about the legality of the act. Constitutional bloggers are hysterically claiming that the president has set a precedent of murdering United States citizens without a shred of due process, and even republican candidate Ron Paul has stated that Obama should be impeached for this “assassination”. The problem with all of these arguments is that they are confusing wartime actions with peacetime law enforcement.  The two are not the same.  Before I continue, [...]

By | 2017-11-17T18:36:13+00:00 October 7th, 2011|Blog, Featured|9 Comments

Never Forget – Never Again.

            I was watching a 9/11 memorial program yesterday, and found I couldn’t stand to see the images.  It just makes me angry and awakens emotions I’d rather leave alone.  Ten years ago today the trajectory of my life changed forever, as did the lives of just about every single person I know.  I’m sure it’s the same for anyone reading this post.  I remember that day very well.  I was on alert status and doing some ordinary prep for training.  I remember walking through the squadron bay and [...]

By | 2017-11-17T18:36:22+00:00 September 11th, 2011|Blog, Featured|6 Comments

Covert Action and Special Operations: Fact and Fantasy

In 2009, right after I finished One Rough Man, legendary investigative reporter Seymour Hersh claimed that George W. Bush had run an “executive assassination ring” reporting directly to Dick Cheney, which might be continuing to this day under a new administration.  I couldn’t believe it.  The story sounded remarkably like the fictional unit I’d created for my novel.  Given my background, I suppose what I should do is wink and nod, neither confirming nor denying his allegations.  After all, that would be the best for book sales.  “No, [...]

By | 2017-11-17T18:04:35+00:00 January 31st, 2011|Blog, Featured|8 Comments