Winning the Peace (Ch. 5) Redux

A feel good but secondary mission is to promote life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the citizens of the various Partner Nations. Winning the Peace (WtP) Foreign Area Officers (FAOs) may support when feasible, freedom of religion with the end-state being that a Muslim could convert to Christianity and not face death for … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 5) Redux

Travels of the Heart: 1 Corinthians, Chapters 9-12

Greetings, ST, ‘Ettes, ‘Sieurs, and All! Our exploration of St. Paul’s own growth in faith through his epistles/letters brings us once again to Corinth, in southern Greece about 50 miles from Athens. It offered access for trade through two major harbors, controlling trade routes to both Italy and Asia. This prosperity might seem to be the perfect seedbed for virtue. In Paul’s time, … Continue reading Travels of the Heart: 1 Corinthians, Chapters 9-12

Winning the Peace (Ch. 4) Redux

Winning the Peace (WTP and/or WP – Willy Pete?), and the FAOs in the program are organized within each partner nation similarly to an infantry platoon reinforced. Platoon commander (O-5), platoon sergeant (E-8), corpsman, radio telephone operator (RTOs), squad leaders (O-4), fire team leaders (O-3), and grunts (enlisted advisors). The total number of individuals deployed … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 4) Redux

Virga Joy Redux

It occurs to me that I have not written a book review since third grade, and my last two attempts at a book review are still in limbo. I cannot do justice to this great book, but I will give it my best shot. Virga Joy is based on the real life experiences of our … Continue reading Virga Joy Redux

Preface: LtCol S.x MacTemplar -Shadow Warrior

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 -Shadow Warrior

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

Winning the Peace (Ch. 2)

Anyone who believes that we are winning the so called “Global War on Terrorism” has not endured an airport screening lately. Winning the peace would mean that you could board a plane as stress free as you did before 9-11. No, what we see and feel in today’s America is not what peace looks like. … Continue reading Winning the Peace (Ch. 2)

Blackwater – patriotic mercenaries or license to be killed?

The infantryman’s only private sector equivalent job is mercenary.  One downside to the merc good money gig is risk.  Back in the day, Blackwater shooters were approximately 8 times more likely to be killed than our uniformed personnel; and although data is not completely reliable, contractors (conducting direct military type assistance vice cooking and cleaning) probably suffered more … Continue reading Blackwater – patriotic mercenaries or license to be killed?

Hauling Baby Rosita to Costa Rica’s La Migra

So there I was with a pickup load of Nicaraguans that I was hauling to the immigration office in Puerto Viejo near where my friends in the Comando Atlántico were quartered. In the bed of my truck were the five teenage boys who have taught me how to stay alive surrounded by poisonous snakes, and up … Continue reading Hauling Baby Rosita to Costa Rica’s La Migra