Monthly Archives: September 2006

Jim Webb’s Navy Cross Citation:

Jim Webb, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine CorpsCompany D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMFDate of Action: July 10, 1969 "The Navy Cross is presented to James H. Webb, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism … Continue reading

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Colin Powell and the Great Man Syndrome

My closest adviser (wife) coined the phrase, "The Great Man Syndrome."  (GMS)  She has the habit of watching the great or semi-great for signs of the appearance of this often fatal malady.  The disease is characterized by imagined indispensability and … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs | 25 Comments

Canadian Forces Structure

Canuck wrote to pose the following: —————————————————————– "Dear Patrick: I’m trying to find my Grandfather’s Canadian military records.  When I searched for his records for the Boer War, there weren’t any records found.  But I know he served in that … Continue reading

Posted in The Military Art | 19 Comments

“The Election Result and the Insurgency in Iraq”

Larry Johnson reminded me today that I published this way back when.. Pat Lang “Here’s what you said a year and a half ago Larry February 13, 2005 The Election Result and the Insurgency in Iraq by Larry Johnson “Colonel … Continue reading

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Bush Agonistes – 2

After having watched Tony Snowjob at work today, I have returned to an earlier conviction about the "invincible ignorance" of the Bush camp and its "minders." They are impervious to rational persuasion, and will take any unfavorable evidence and spin … Continue reading

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Bush Agonistes

"On Tuesday evening the White House issued what it called a fact sheet lining up the intelligence estimate’s findings with President Bush’s own words in recent months, comparing, for example, the report’s account of the the spread of new terror … Continue reading

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Schoomaker to Rumsfeld – Where’s the Beef?

"The Army’s top officer withheld a required 2008 budget plan from Pentagon leaders last month after protesting to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that the service could not maintain its current level of activity in Iraq plus its other global … Continue reading

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“Salvation*” and “Freedom?”

It is ironic to find this story in that newspaper’s site Nevertheless, it is striking, at least for me, that Benedict XVI who is head of an institution not famous in history for its tolerance of scientific dissent (or any … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Religion | 26 Comments

What is an “NIE?”

In 2002 the administration was eager to use the NIE on Iraq published in October as "proof" of its beliefs with regard to the Saddamist government.  Now, there is another NIE, parts of which have been leaked to the press … Continue reading

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More on the Hizbullah Rally

I received this report from my friend "Lubnani" in Beirut.  He is not Shia.  Attached find the BBC’s verbatim report of Nasrallah’s remarks at the big rally last week. Pat Lang ——————————————————— Mon Colonel: I was struck by a photos … Continue reading

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