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Free Ranging The Dasht-e Margo (Desert of Death)

I’m back in my compound after attending a bunch of ceremonies in Zaranj marking the end of our efforts in Nimroz Province.  When we flew in last week the skies were dark and it rained that night.  The next morning was clear as a bell making for excellent photography and perfect weather for what turned […]

Cold Turkey

I have picked up and then discarded several bad habits over my lifetime but the one I’ve had the longest and the one that has proved almost impossible to quit is my lifelong addiction to reading the news in the morning. It started (as bad habits often do) with my father. He returned from a […]

The Schoolgirls of Kandahar

To celebrate Renee Montagne’s last week hosting Morning Edition, we listen back to some of her favorite stories, including a piece about schoolgirls in Kandahar, Afghanistan. This story originally aired Nov. 25, 2010. I heard this story the other morning and despite my satisfaction with the results of our presidential election and the fact that […]

Dawn Dreams About an Impending Nightmare

I’m sitting on my deck drinking coffee as the sun comes up. The sky is softening with all the variations of reddish yellow (I can’t really see them all with my red/green colorblindness but can sense they are there) start creeping up from the dark horizon. A song is stuck in my head and I […]

Synergy Strike Force

I was doing some research for a writing project and came upon this description of one of the Synergy Strike Force operations buried in a post about the fighting in Marjah. My friends Dave Warner and Baba Ken were a near constant presence at the Taj over the years I was there and for a […]

Shoot Back

The gun control farce playing out post Orlando is a perfect example the federal government refusing to acknowledge the real threat while focusing on a non-threat. The attack in Orlando did have something to do with guns. That, of course, is a somewhat superficial statement but thinking it through leads to another fundamental conclusion. The inability […]

Fourth Generation War Comes To America: What Are You Going To Do About It?

Orlando is not the first mass shooting by a so called ‘Lone Wolf’ Islamic Jihadist in America; it’s the seventh in recent years but this one is different. The knee jerk reaction from the political left and their media enablers has (unbelievably) gained traction in the establishment media. The Orlando massacre has nothing to do with […]

All Marine Radio

All Marine Radio has been on the air for two weeks now and has some cool content. Mike McNamara does three hours a day with a guest on for an hour at a time. Last week he had both myself and Brigadier General David Furness, USMC on for an hour each and although Dave and […]

The Inchon Dwyer Group Goes Live

The Inchon Dwyer Group went live today with the All Marine Radio component of the All Warrior Radio Network up and running at allmarineradio.com. Back in 2010 I had a chance to visit the 1st Marines (call sign Inchon) at Camp Dwyer and wrote about my good friend Mike ‘Mac” McNamara and the 1st Marines […]

The Chim Chims Speak

The Chim chims are intel weenies as regular readers of the FRI blog have probably deduced.  They are all former members of our Armed Forces, they are all working in their field of expertise today with traditional Pentagon contractors and none of them is involved with this supposed “contractor spy ring.”  Despite this they have […]