Winning the Peace (Ch. 3) Redux

Past being prologue, it is not likely that either the Department of State or CIA is going to beat back the onslaught of Salafism. The intent here is to provide leadership with a notion of the type of Foreign Area Officer (FAO) required to develop and implement strategy. The current “strategy,” whatever it may be, … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 3) Redux

Virga Joy (or the Adventures of El Colonel De Corona) – Redux

Written by Douglas Kimball Publisher Description Colin Campbell is developing the first black pepper plantation in the West Indies. His days are spent clearing jungle, planting and fighting vipers. His nights are spent playing jazz piano at a local bar and enjoying the company of the local ladies. He meets Alan Greene at a jazz … Continue reading Virga Joy (or the Adventures of El Colonel De Corona) – Redux

Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar – UnWoke & UnAfraid

Where to begin? It seems that war is just too big of a topic for Hollywood to handle in 90-110 minutes. Go figure. I know I can’t do it justice in 300-plus pages, either, but it will be more accurate than anything Hollywood can dish up. I suspect what people want from Hollywood is to … Continue reading Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar – UnWoke & UnAfraid

Saint Valentine’s Day Poem

Time to tweak this bad-boy. Just wanted to bring it to mind and tell you I wrote it on Valentine's Day after finishing a plate of baby-back ribs at Applebees, cold and alone on FEB 14. I asked the waitress for a piece of paper and pen because the poem sort of fell into my … Continue reading Saint Valentine’s Day Poem

1st LAI Takes Friendly Fire

“Can you tell us how they describe the event? I have not read that book or read any accounts of that event outside official and classified military documents.” As promised, ST, here’s the account from: “Desert Storm: A Forgotten War”: RAS AL-KHAFJI AND OTHER MAJOR GROUND ACTIONS(29/30 JAN 1991) “The first attack occurred in the … Continue reading 1st LAI Takes Friendly Fire

Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Riverine Counterdrug (smoove) Operator

Where to begin? It seems that war is just too big of a topic for Hollywood to handle in 90-110 minutes. Go figure. I know I can’t do it justice in 300-plus pages, either, but it will be more accurate than anything Hollywood can dish up. I suspect what people want from Hollywood is to … Continue reading Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Riverine Counterdrug (smoove) Operator

Getting in Touch with my Feminine Side, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bird

Most tourists who came through that part of Costa Rica looked pretty foolish with their boonie hats, safari jackets, outrageously expensive cameras, and gigantic binoculars. We rarely interacted with them and, with very few exceptions, they avoided us and the places where we hung out. The tourist traps where they chose to wine and dine were … Continue reading Getting in Touch with my Feminine Side, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bird

Virga Joy (or the Adventures of El Colonel De Corona) – Redux

Written by Douglas Kimball Publisher Description Colin Campbell is developing the first black pepper plantation in the West Indies. His days are spent clearing jungle, planting and fighting vipers. His nights are spent playing jazz piano at a local bar and enjoying the company of the local ladies. He meets Alan Greene at a jazz … Continue reading Virga Joy (or the Adventures of El Colonel De Corona) – Redux

Discover My Adopted Home Town, Chiang Rai, Thailand Redux

In other words, some of you will have seen this OP before. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not the larger and better known city of Chiang Mai, but Chiang Rai, in Northern Thailand deserves your attention. I am a retired USMC infantry officer and have seen more than a few interesting places, some of which I even liked. One … Continue reading Discover My Adopted Home Town, Chiang Rai, Thailand Redux