I know we’re all supposed to genuflect with our hero-worship of veterans and senior generals etc etc etc, but John Kelly’s latest comments have made me lose respect.   Let’s break this out a little.   The Civil War was, in fact, about not wanting to compromise.   What, exactly, where they unwilling to, Read More

Poem: Be a man

Posted on November 17, 2014 by

Smiling, gurgling, drooling baby. Mamma’s arms. Giggles and bubbles. Bouncing toys. Joyous love.   Crayons and cracker jacks. What’s the surprise in the box? Jumpropes and softball. Caps and guns. Cowboys and Indians. Don’t cry. Don’t be a girl.   Sheets wet with shame. Vacant with fear. Wimp. Geek. Pussy. Faggot. Bitch. Crybaby. Putz., Read More

Prayer at Rumayla Chapter One

Posted on August 14, 2014 by

Purchase links: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo | Smashwords | Chapters | Thalia The explosion to our front throws me against the back of the hatch, pain shooting up my side. I gasp, dropping the belt of three-inch long bullets to the floor of the turret. They land with a, Read More

In a surprisingly rosy cost estimate of something which can’t be accurately estimated, the Congressional Budget Office Monday released an analysis of what Gulf War II might cost in real dollars paid by U.S. taxpayers. Only they left out the most important part: the casualties. Actually, as a former tank crewman who has seen, Read More

What Will I Tell My Children?

Posted on September 20, 2002 by

Destroyed truck near Basra, Iraq

I’ll never forget the morning of February 27, 1991. As a young U.S. Army tanker, near the banks of the Euphrates River, two trucks raced through our position at roughly 2 a.m. We opened fire. One truck carried fuel and splashed its burning cargo on the other, and burning men ran everywhere, only to, Read More