Category Archives: Military

Ft. Bragg and the red-cockaded woodpecker

The Fayetteville Observer has an important article out today on Ft. Bragg and its red-cockaded woodpeckers. The bottom line is that protection of the endangered woodpeckers is no longer a problem at the base. Why? Simple: The Army figured out what’s good for the woodpecker is also good for the Army. [Mike Lynch, who retiredContinue Reading

National Review editor examines the Iraq disaster

Rich Lowry devotes his latest National Review Online column to a review of recent history in Iraq. There was a time not so long ago when President Barack Obama boasted of how he had “ended” the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. A video producedContinue Reading

Geraghty sees plenty of problems in new Afghanistan report

Those who heard Jim Geraghty’s presentation earlier this week to the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society might remember his reference to an inspector general’s report linked to American operations in Afghanistan. Geraghty offers more details from that report in a new National Review Online column. The report identified major problems in the Afghan government’s abilityContinue Reading

N.C. National Guard’s partnerships with Moldova, Botswana explored

The N.C. National Guard spends a significant amount of time working with military counterparts in Moldova and Botswana, thanks to a State Partnership Program that involves National Guard units throughout the United States. Maj. Clay Jackson, coordinator of the North Carolina Guard’s State Partnership Program, discussed that work during a presentation to the John LockeContinue Reading

Hanson questions whether any remnant of the post-WWII American foreign policy consensus remains

Victor Davis Hanson argues in his latest National Review Online column that the Obama administration’s actions have marked an abrupt change after more than 60 years of relatively consistent post-World War II American foreign policy. For all the policy blunders and moral hypocrisies of the last 70 years, American strategy mostly worked and thus createdContinue Reading

Veterans just not that into Obama as commander-in-chief

He might be The One in the eyes of his media acolytes, but Barack Obama wins poor marks from veterans, according to Adam O’Neal’s report for Real Clear Politics. Just 32 percent of military veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, according to a newContinue Reading

Hanson examines the impact of Obama’s ‘empty bluster’

Victor Davis Hanson argues in his latest National Review Online column that President Obama’s reliance on rhetoric alone does not bode well for future dealings with Russia and China. The common historical denominator is that Asia and the Pacific are always dangerous places, where calling for tough action is not the same as preparing forContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man believes Russia’s recent actions might slow the U.S. military base closing process

Jim McTague of Barron’s explores in his latest “D.C. Current” column the potential impact of the Crimean crisis on the U.S. military’s latest base closing process. Russia’s seizure of Crimea might buy time for defense contractors bracing for a smaller military and for investors holding some $24 billion in military housing-privatization bonds, a quarter ofContinue Reading