Dispatches from Iraq

One Dead, Three Detained

February 28, 2006

Today was a very good day.  Up until today we always said that all of the stupid insurgents are dead and only the smart ones remain.  Today provided evidence that we were wrong, because 4 very stupid insurgents had bad days today.  Read more...


Some Sleep and Some Shooting

February 27, 2006

I caught up on some sleep today and then dealt with an unfortunate and puzzling shooting in our sector.  Read more...


A Lot of Explosions

February 26, 2006

Explosive Ordnance Disposal team had a busy day today, stuff blowing up all day.  Days like this are good days, though.  The EOD team learns from every IED that they analyze and nobody was hurt in the process.  Read more...


A Milestone

February 25, 2006

Today was a memorable milestone for our humble patrol base.  I don't want to give it away before you read today's entry.  Read more...


Guarding Against RPG's and Thieves

February 16, 2006

Today we began preparations for adding protection against RPG's and against shenanigans from within the ranks.  One of the weaknesses of the Army is that we spend as much time guarding against self-inflicted wounds as we do against enemy wounds.  Here is my two cents.  Read more...


Natural Selection

February 15, 2006

Some idiots removed themselves from the gene pool by violating the lessons that they learned in the past: don't stand and fight Americans.  Read more...


More Fighting

February 11, 2006

Not sure if we killed any bad guys, but we nabbed a few.  In my opinion, this is related to yesterday's entry.   Tomorrow's entry, the finale, is also related, in my opinion.  Read more...


Sporadic Fire

February 10, 2006

Minor enemy contact, a few guys get minor wounds, enemy runs away... for now.  This one will be continued tomorrow.  Read more...


Awards for Excellence: Not just for the above-average anymore!

February 9, 2006

Every wonder how soldiers are recommended for awards and how the process works for approving them?  Read more...


The Fastest 15 Days in the History of Time

February 8, 2006

Here is the long awaited G-rated version of my two weeks of mid-tour leave from Iraq.  None of the juicy details and none of the embarrassing photos.  Wait until the tabloids don't get hold of this.  Read more...


Still Alive!

February 7, 2006

That's right, read the title again.  Still alive and my 7 month hiatus ends now.  No longer bound by the restrictions of the MNC-I blogging rules, I am once again free to publish my thoughts online.  You can stop pacing the floors.  Read more...



June 8, 2005

I am finally on leave.  Life no longer sucks.  Read more...


Three Days of Hurrying Up and Waiting

June 7, 2005

The three days of waiting around, trying to get a flight to the US, were longer than any other days that I have experienced in Iraq, to include the more violent days.  Read more...



June 6, 2005

Today is the anniversary of the allied invasion of Normandy.  A short blog entry, as I reflect.  Read more...


Getting Ready for Leave

June 5, 2005

I am finally getting ready to go on leave.  This was yet another new experience and yet another new perspective of Iraq that I have not seen.  This is kind of the intermediate between our Patrol Base and a giant FOB of the type that I so hate.  Read more...



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Quantity is No Substitute for Quality


Daily Reading

Tech Central Station

American Enterprise Institute


Regular Reading

Foreign Affairs

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Center for Army Lessons Learned


Occasional Reading

Heritage Foundation

Cato Institute


Project for the New American Century

Foreign Policy


Blogs that I read

Armchair Generalist

Big Dog's House

Jack Army

Miscellaneous Objections

Michael J. Totten


Tom Carter's Notes


Blogs that I wish were still active:

Steven Den Beste


Noteworthy Essays

Afghanistan and the Future of Warfare

Changing the Face of War:

  Into the Fourth Generation

The Clash of Civilizations

Spotting the Losers

Stability - America's Enemy

The Strategic Corporal:  

  Leadership in the Three-Block War

Thicker than Water?

Why Arabs Lose Wars




This weblog is written by a soldier deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom.  The views presented in the weblog represent his personal views and observations.  This is not intended to represent the views of the US Army, the Department of Defense or the US Government.