I’m doing an extensive interview with Newsmax regarding this topic later this month with John Bachman. In the meantime I wanted to comment on the recent NY Times article about US Officials, none of whom have served in direct combat action, I suspect, who are condemning photos of US Warfighters posing with dead body parts.

Are we at war or aren’t we?

An Adult Version of Lord of the Flies

First let me state that I’m not a fan of War, it’s an ugly business. Unfortunately War is still very necessary in the adult world of Lord of the Flies we live in.

Until we can affect major cultural change in the environments that produce radicals at home and abroad we are stuck with waging War via violence. And yes, we have extremists at home. Remember Awlaki? He’s the US Citizen turned Al Qaeda leader that my good friend Geo-tagged and tracked so US SOCOM could put a missile up his ass (no pictures unfortunately). A good US SOCOM operation and one less bad guy in the world.

Root causes need to be dealt with, I cannot say this enough. We continue to focus on treating symptoms of radicalism and are blind to building strong ethical foundations. The social environments that produce the Bin Laden’s and Awlaki’s of the world need to be studied and addressed. Until this happens we will continually enjoy our own adult version of Lord of the Flies. That and US politicians will continue to send young men and women into war, and expect them to kill in the name of. And then, the same politicians sit in comfort half a world a way and pass judgement without a real understanding of the issues; unless you count what a twenty two year-old political intern has briefed them on with their worldly understanding of things as real understanding….

War is Hell

When guys snap and kill civilians, as did the Army soldier in Afghanistan recently, our leaders scream for blood of a different kind. They want to string up a guy that obviously has serious psychological trauma (what do you expect will happen?) and put him in Leavenworth.

WTF over?

Waging War is tough and there’s a thin line to walk that’s for sure. However, if you’re going to play war then release the fucking hounds and don’t get mad if they take a few extra bites of flesh. If you’ve been to war then you know that it’s a state-of-mind and the moment you start second guessing yourself in combat you’re dead.