Are you ready for some football, a Monday night party! – Hank Williams Jr. Three years playing Pop Warner. Four years playing high school football. Four years of college gridiron. Several years of coaching. Football is in the blood. Football is life. Life is seen through the football prism. Why do tennis players slam… Continue reading How About Some Apolitical Football?
WEEK 57 and a half: The second of two op-eds I submitted to the NY Post that weren’t published. Prime Maliki’s List would lose to Ayad Allawi’s Iraqiya in the 2009-10 election, but, with Iranian influence, would retain control of the government. Iranian involvement assured the Sunni would remain marginalized paving the way for ISIS… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 20 DEC 07
WEEK 57: I returned to the US around December 17, 2017. This is was one of two editorials I submitted to the NY Post and weren’t published – like most of my writings 😉 . Many of the Iraqis who I met, including Sunni Iraqis, supported Ayad Allawi, a moderate Shia Iraqi. One Iraqi politician… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 16 DEC 07
WEEK 56: Ten years ago, the US led Coalition had to endure no kidding fake news – see 24 DEC 06 – before it was called fake news. Really, though, fake news like that reported by AFP was a rarity. Mostly, I noted biased news designed to entice controversy or stoke the target audience. In… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 09 DEC 17
WEEK 55: Redeployment is two weeks away and the 1st Cavalry Division HQ is fading into the background so the 4th ID can take the reins. Battle Hand Off “There are no new lessons learned, There are only old lessons relearned”, – Another Military Constant As the Brigades and Division prepare to transition responsibility… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 02 DEC 07
WEEK 54: The end of the deployment is near and I admit to the maneuver Bubbas that am a bit hard-headed. The Iraqi Hero program was a success – see photos. Non-Lethal Weapon “It’s the only thing I’ve ever been good at Roger,” Officer Riggs to Detective Murtaugh – Lethal Weapon Multi National Division –… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 25 Nov 07
WEEK 53: As the deployment nears its end, I reflect on how wrong I was about Prime Minister Maliki’s resilience. On a side note, I recall thinking during the Surge how at least my U.S. government wasn’t as corrupt as the Iraqi government. Superman “I’m still standing, yeah, yeah, yeah” Elton John As I look… Continue reading Baghdad Ten Years Ago – 18 Nov 07