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If You Fight For Free, Youre "Sadistic"

If You Fight For Both, You're "Special Forces"

 - Joseph Caligiure

"We came American. We shall remain American and go into battle with Old Glory over our heads. I will not parcel out American boys."

 - General of the Armies of the United States. John J. "Black-Jack" Pershing on keeping the WWI AEF [American Expeditionary Force] together as a fighting force.

"Countries, boundaries, nationalities didn't make any difference. We had a mission to accomplish. The need broke down those social barriers that had been so destructive of our country for so many generations."

 - Maj. Gen. Jack Singlaub (USA, Ret.) the former U.S. supreme commander of all U.S. forces in Korea; commander of MACV-SOG during the Vietnam war and OSS 'Jedburgh' and SO operative during WWII, speaking on the spirit of the successful OSS [Organizations Special Operations] was one of cooperation for the greater good and that carried on to the team he led to liberate POWs from Hainan Island, off the coast of China, included two interpreters, one of them Chinese and the other Japanese.

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War is All About Winning!

In our last newsletter Rules of War, while reading the responses, most understood the message but some seemed confused about the differences in fighting a war and playing a sports game so I would like to begin with a recap of the message: The Most important Rule of War is to Win.

The last time the U.S. won a war was World War II.

Winning World War II was accomplished with all odds against us. Germany and Japan understood that in the rules of war there are no rules. They blitzkrieged and sneak attacked across the hemispheres to acquire what they wanted and then ruled with an iron hand. They killed millions of innocents in their goal of total subordination by those whom they conquered. But, the Allies of that time also understood the rules of war.

I think these events listed below caused us to win that war and will demonstrate and hopefully clarify my points on Rules of War:

• Germany pounded Europe for years with bombs and then the Allies had a chance to fight back and they did not shrink from the task. They firebombed the city of Dresden openly and purposefully day and night. Not because it was specifically an industrial target but because it was a target and it was the enemy's home and we were at war. Germany had no qualms about where they fought the war against the rest of Europe and now they got some of their own medicine back. It was a bitter pill for them to swallow. Germany quickly capitulated. Death estimates range from 50,000 to 200,000.

• The Japanese military government refused surrender and the US was faced with an island by island protracted war. This meant hundreds of thousands of more dead American boys. With Japan's blind fanaticism of fighting down to the last woman and child, Truman gave the order to drop the atomic bomb on two industrial centers. It was widespread, uniform destruction. But even after Hiroshima, the first casualty, Japan did not capitulate - as that would be dishonor for the nation that brought us hari-kari, so Truman ordered the bombing of Nagasaki, and finally, the military Japan conceded to unconditional surrender. It was finally, then, that the selfish, totalitarian regime that had killed so many millions of other innocents finally woke up to their own horrors. But, it took the deaths of over 214,000 of their own people.


I am going to outline a process of necessary things to win in war, things also applicable in our struggle through life. My hopes are that you will take this information and use it to evaluate our conduct or this war and eliminate all the confusion about it.

War Is Not A Game Of Chance - You Have To Want To Win

In war victory goes for those who want it the most for the longest. For example: Vietnam. During the Korea War the United States adopted a "no win" policy which has essentially been carried over to this day. In the case of Vietnam the war dragged on with no plans to win - and the American public lost interest. America had the ability to win that war anytime they wanted to but the North Vietnamese wanted it more than we did and thus they won and we lost. The support of the American people was lost because of the no win policy towards the Vietnam War no one wants to support a losing situation you have to find a way to win to rally support.

Simply put - because we have no winning strategy in this war, the American people will never be able to fully support the war.

We Must Know What We Are Fighting For

To quote a biblical verse: "When I (Nehemiah) saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, officials and the rest of the people 'Do not be afraid of them, remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.' (Neh 4:14) To sum it up in a few words: we are fighting for our existence, our way of life or simply put - Freedom.

We Must Be United As (Warriors-Soldiers-Citizens-Military-Nation)

I always think of this principle of 'divide and conquer," - it is very appropriate to our current situation - united we stand - but divided, we will fall... and hard! (A house divided against itself cannot stand - Abraham Lincoln on our Civil War.)

We Must Know Our Enemies

To win this war we must know our enemies

Quoting from the Chinese strategist Sun Tzu "One who does not know the enemy... will be in danger in every battle." And in the case of the United States presently - will loose the war.

Never in our history has the enemy been so overt, their intentions so clear. Yet never in our history have we failed so miserably to deal with it.

Our understanding of this enemy and this war is shrouded in politics, selfish acts and cowardice when so much is at stake (the whole basis for our existence).

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Who Is The Enemy?

Answer: Islam

In a few words Islam is "murder for salvation." Jihad is not a renegade idea dreamed up by a few militant Islamo fascists of radical Islam. Rather, jihad is explicitly commanded by the Koran, the holy book of Islam, the idea that has driven fifteen centuries of Islamic conquest and imperialism. The Koran says the goal of jihad is to wipe out other religions and teach Muslims to kill non-Muslims, enslave them, confiscate their property and force them to pay tribute (called Jizya) to accomplish this goal.

Muhammad taught that even he did not know if Allah would send him to paradise because dying in a jihad is the only way to be sure to go to paradise.


In short and to be clear the Koran tells Muslims the only sure way to their Heaven is in murdering non believers - Infidels (... that's most all of us in the USA). Make no mistake and call it what you will, but in the end it is a religious war and no one wants to admit it because of our greatest enemy: Political Correctness.

The Question We Have To Ask And Answer Ourselves Is
"Can We Co-exist With Islam?"

In our country, where Muslims can gain power peacefully through our political process, imagine a US landscape dominated by Islam? Remember that poor fellow in Afghanistan who was recently sentenced to death for becoming a Christian?

... Just what and WHO are we fighting for? Islam believes in freedom and liberty except for slaves, infidels and women. Can a religion like this integrate with the foundational democratic concepts practiced here in the United States?

The sum effect of Islam is apparent in many countries: Impoverished habitants, poor living conditions, no separation of church and state, no freedom, no opportunities and the people are insecure and I might add when they are not killing infidels, they are busy killing each other.

Can we coexist with Islam?

Perserverance - We Americans Must Be Able To Sacrifice To Gain Victory Against This Terrific Foe

Throughout life we make sacrifices to achieve goals. We work hard to put children through school, get a house, car; build a business, etc. There is a price to pay for everything. War is no different.

For this war the price to pay is to work harder and sacrifice even more. I feel that as a nation we have lost touch with reality. We are spoiled. By that I mean very few of us really appreciate the legacy of freedom our forefathers fought, sacrificed and died for. We squander it away in many ways; lust for material things, sacrificing our quality of life to appease enemies... Laziness, when it comes to responsibility, we want other people or the government to be responsible for our lives and decisions. Cowardice in that we want other people... our all-volunteer soldiers to do our fighting for us as we go about our lives, unchanged. Meanwhile, our politicians put their own selfish interests ahead of the people - so obsessed with their power lust - and NOT obsessed with our best interests. THIS WAR IS EVERY CITIZEN'S responsibility and we all need to play our roles united against the enemy and "BECOME" committed and resolved to support our troops - not just with lip service but with WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE VICTORY!

Do You Think The Us Citizen Is Willing To Sacrifice "What-it-Takes" To Win?


Leadership is what makes things happen. Without leadership we are lost. To go to war, a leader must unite the country. Not everyone will agree but that same leader must 'command' the respect of the people. U.S. Citizens do not like to loose and want instant gratification so this calls for extraordinary leadership to rally and motivate the people.

By throwing political correctness out the door and speaking cordially with the people, most will understand. President Reagan was an example of this and when the press tried to crucify him he spoke to the people, not the press and the press lost. A leader needs to tell the people what is at stake and the complications or sacrifices which might be needed for victory. A leader must also explain a real strategy to win with the goals to achieve with the prize in the end being we get our freedom back.

Wouldn't it be nice to board a plane like the good ole days?

People need to know that in winning this war they get their freedom back!

Otherwise what is the point of fighting?

What Would Motivate The People To Win This War?

Sports is a great example: When your home team is winning everyone gets onboard and all fired up... but when they're losing... everyone loses interest gets involved with other things. We have two fronts to win this war - here, at home and on the battlefield.

A president must be trusted to the details of war - it cannot be an open book or a democratic process. We Americans have the responsibility to elect and support a leader...

... May God be with us.

To paraphrase Vince Lombardi: 'Winning is a habit, unfortunately, so is losing." We do not want to keep being a country that loses in our wars (Korea, Viet Nam, Midd le East). As Vince said: "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing.'

Something to think about.

   - Dave

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Muslims, terrorist and the USA: A different spin on Iraq war

Dr. Vernon Chong, Major General, USAF, Retired

This WAR is for REAL!

To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it. Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WWII).

The deadly seriousness is greatly compounded by the fact that there are very few of us who think we can possibly lose this war and even fewer who realize what losing really means.

First, let's examine a few basics:

1. When did the threat to us start?

Many will say September 11, 2001.

The answer as far as the United States is concerned is 1979, 22 years prior to September 2001, with the following attacks on us:

• Iran Embassy Hostages, 1979;
• Beirut, Lebanon Embassy 1983;
• Beirut, Lebanon Marine Barracks 1983;
• Lockerbie, Scotland Pan-Am flight to New York 1988;
• First New York World Trade Center attack 1993;
• Dhahran, Saudi Arabia Khobar Towers Military complex 1996;
• Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy 1998;
• Dares Salaam, Tanzania US Embassy 1998;
• Aden, Yemen USS Cole 2000;
• New York World Trade Center 2001;
• Pentagon 2001.

(Note that during the period from 1981 to 2001 there were 7,581 terrorist attacks worldwide).

2. Why were we attacked?

Envy of our position, our success, and our freedoms. The attacks happened during the administrations of Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2. We cannot fault either the Republicans or Democrats as there were no provocations by any of the presidents or their immediate predecessor, President Ford.

3. Who were the attackers?

In each case, the attacks on the US were carried out by Muslims.

4. What is the Muslim population of the World?


5. Isn't the Muslim Religion peaceful?

Hopefully, but that is really not material. There is no doubt that the predominately Christian population of Germany was peaceful, but under the dictatorial leadership of Hitler (who was also Christian), that made no difference. You either went along with the administration or you were eliminated. There were 5 to 6 million Christians killed by the Nazis for political reasons (including 7,000 Polish priests). (see

Thus, almost the same number of Christians were killed by the Nazis, as the six million holocaust Jews who were killed by them, and we seldom heard of anything other than the Jewish atrocities. Although Hitler kept the world focused on the Jews, he had no hesitancy about killing anyone who got in his way of exterminating the Jews or of taking over the world - German, Christian or any others.

Same with the Muslim terrorists. They focus the world on the US, but kill all in the way - their own people or the Spanish, French or anyone else. The point here is that just like the peaceful Germans were of no protection to anyone from the Nazis, no matter how many peaceful Muslims there may be, they are no protection for us from the terrorist Muslim leaders and what they are fanatically bent on doing - by their own pronouncements - killing all of us "infidels." I don't blame the peaceful Muslims. What would you do if the choice was shut up or die?

6. So who are we at war with?

There is no way we can honestly respond that it is anyone other than the Muslim terrorists. Trying to be politically correct and avoid verbalizing this conclusion can well be fatal. There is no way to win if you don't clearly recognize and articulate who you are fighting.

So with that background, now to the two major questions:

1. Can we lose this war?

2. What does losing really mean?

If we are to win, we must clearly answer these two pivotal questions:

We can definitely lose this war, and as anomalous as it may sound, the major reason we can lose is that so many of us simply do not fathom the answer to the second question - What does losing mean?

It would appear that a great many of us think that losing the war means hanging our heads, bringing the troops home and going on about our business, like post-Vietnam. This is as far from the truth as one can get.

What losing really means is:

We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will not subside, but rather will steadily increase. Remember, they want us dead, not just quiet. If they had just wanted us quiet, they would not have produced an increasing series of attacks against us, over the past 18 years. The plan was, clearly, for terrorists to attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them.

We would, of course, have no future support from other nations, for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see; we are impotent and cannot help them.

They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations, one at a time. It will be increasingly easier for them. They already hold Spain hostage. It doesn't matter whether it was right or wrong for Spain to withdraw its troops from Iraq. Spain did it because the Muslim terrorists bombed their train and told them to withdraw the troops. Anything else they want Spain to do will be done. Spain is finished.

The next will probably be France. Our one hope on France is that they might see the light and realize that if we don't win, they are finished too, in that they can't resist the Muslim terrorists without us. However, it may already be too late for France. France is already 20% Muslim and fading fast!

Recently I read that there are more mosques in England than churches.

If we lose the war, our production, income, exports and way of life will all vanish as we know it. After losing, who would trade or deal with us if they were threatened by the Muslims. If we can't stop the Muslim terrorists, how could anyone else?

The radical Muslims fully know what is riding on this war, and therefore are completely committed to winning, at any cost. We better know it too and be likewise committed to winning at any cost.

Why do I go on at such lengths about the results of losing? Simple. Until we recognize the costs of losing, we cannot unite and really put 100% of our thoughts and efforts into winning. And it is going to take that 100% effort to win.

So, how can we lose the war?

Again, the answer is simple. We can lose the war by "imploding." That is, defeating ourselves by refusing to recognize the enemy and their purpose, and really digging in and lending full support to the war effort. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. If we continue to be divided, there is no way that we can win!

Let me give you a few examples of how we simply don't comprehend the life and death seriousness of this situation.

President Bush selects Norman Mineta as Secretary of Transportation. Although all of the terrorist attacks were committed by Muslim men between 17 and 40 years of age, Secretary Mineta refuses to allow profiling. Does that sound like we are taking this thing seriously? This is war! For the duration, we are going to have to give up some of the civil rights we have become accustomed to. We had better be prepared to lose some of our civil rights temporarily or we will most certainly lose all of them permanently.

And don't worry that it is a slippery slope. We gave up plenty of civil rights during WWII, and immediately restored them after the victory and in fact added many more since then.

Do I blame President Bush or President Clinton before him?

No, I blame us for blithely assuming we can maintain all of our Political Correctness, and all of our civil rights during this conflict and have a clean, lawful, honorable war. None of those words apply to war. Get them out of your head.

Some have gone so far in their criticism of the war and/or the Administration that it almost seems they would literally like to see us lose.

I think some actually do, I hasten to add that this isn't because they are disloyal. It is because they just don't recognize what losing means. Nevertheless, that conduct gives the impression to the enemy that we are divided and weakening. It concerns our friends, and it does great damage to our cause.

Of more recent vintage, the uproar fueled by the politicians and media regarding the treatment of some prisoners of war, perhaps exemplifies best what I am saying. We have recently had an issue, involving the treatment of a few Muslim prisoners of war, by a small group of our military police. These are the type prisoners who just a few months ago were throwing their own people off buildings, cutting off their hands, cutting out their tongues and otherwise murdering their own people just for disagreeing with Saddam Hussein.

And just a few years ago these same type prisoners chemically killed 400,000 of their own people for the same reason. They are also the same type of enemy fighters, who recently were burning Americans, and dragging their charred corpses through the streets of Iraq. And still more recently, the same type of enemy that was and is providing videos to all news sources internationally, of the beheading of American prisoners they held.

Compare this with some of our press and politicians, who for several days have thought and talked about nothing else but the "humiliating" of some Muslim prisoners - not burning them, not dragging their charred corpses through the streets, not beheading them, but "humiliating" them.

Can this be for real?

The politicians and pundits have even talked of impeachment of the Secretary of Defense. If this doesn't show the complete lack of comprehension and understanding of the seriousness of the enemy we are fighting, the life and death struggle we are in and the disastrous results of losing this war, nothing can.

To bring our country to a virtual political standstill over this prisoner issue makes us look like Nero playing his fiddle as Rome burned - totally oblivious to what is going on in the real world. Neither we, nor any other country, can survive this internal strife. Again I say, this does not mean that some of our politicians or media people are disloyal. It simply means that they are absolutely oblivious to the magnitude of the situation we are in and into which the Muslim terrorists have been pushing us, for many years.

These people are a serious and dangerous liability to the war effort. We must take note of who they are and get them out of office. Remember, the Muslim terrorists stated goal is to kill all infidels! That translates into ALL non-Muslims - not just in the United States, but throughout the world. We are the last bastion of defense.

We have been criticized for many years as being 'arrogant.' That charge is valid in at least one respect. We are arrogant in that we believe that we are so good, powerful and smart, that we can win the hearts and minds of all those who attack us, and that with both hands tied behind our back, we can defeat anything bad in the world! We can't!

If we don't recognize this, our nation as we know it will not survive, and no other free country in the world will survive if we are defeated.

And finally, name any Muslim countries throughout the world that allow freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, equal rights for anyone - let alone everyone, equal status or any status for women, or that have been productive in one single way that contributes to the good of the world.

This has been a long way of saying that we must be united on this war or we will be equated in the history books to the self-inflicted fall of the Roman Empire. If, that is, the Muslim leaders will allow history books to be written or read.

If we don't win this war right now, keep a close eye on how the Muslims take over France in the next 5 years or less. They will continue to increase the Muslim population of France and continue to encroach little by little, on the established French traditions. The French will be fighting among themselves, over what should or should not be done, which will continue to weaken them and keep them from any united resolve.

Doesn't that sound eerily familiar?

Democracies don't have their freedoms taken away from them by some external military force. Instead, they give their freedoms away, politically correct piece by politically correct piece.

And they are giving those freedoms away to those who have shown, worldwide that they abhor freedom and will not apply it to you or even to themselves, once they are in power.

They have universally shown that when they have taken over, they then start brutally killing each other over who will be the few who control the masses.

What is happening in Iraq is a good example. Will we ever stop hearing from the politically correct, about the "peaceful Muslims"?

I close on a hopeful note, by repeating what I said above. If we are united, there is no way that we can lose. I hope now, after the election, the factions in our country will begin to focus on the critical situation we are in, and will unite to save our country. It is your future we are talking about! Do whatever you can to preserve it. I reiterate. A national election is months away.

After reading the above, we all must do this not only for ourselves, but our children, our grandchildren, our country and the world. Whether Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal and that includes the Politicians and media of our country and the free world!

Please forward this to any you feel may want, or NEED to read it. Our "leaders" in Congress ought to read it, too. There are those that find fault with our country, but it is obvious to anyone who truly thinks through this, that we must UNITE!

Lastly, I wish to add: At the risk of offending someone, I sincerely think that anyone who rejects this as just another political rant, or doubts the seriousness of this issue or just deletes it without sending it on, is part of the problem. Lets quit laughing at and forwarding the jokes and cartoons which denigrate and ridicule our leaders in this war against terror. They are trying to protect the interests and well being of the US and it's citizens. Best we support them.

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Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.

He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away.

He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howitzer.

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.

He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark.

He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.

He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional.

He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity.

He is self-sufficient.

He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other.

He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.

He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle.

He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts.

If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food.

He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.

He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands.

He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.

He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.

He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking.

In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather.

He is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy.

He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood.

And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.

As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot - A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.

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Raymond F. Flaherty

Raymond F. Flaherty, age 79, (D-2129), Chapter 21 in Ft. Meyers, FL Passed away 9/11/2006 from cancer while in Wuesthoff hospital in Cocoa, FL. Ray served in the Merchant Marines during the latter part of WW 11. Enlisted in the Army Nov 47, and served in various airborne units, and earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the Korean Conflict. Enlisted for Special Forces (Green Berets) and served in Laos on a White Star Mobile Training Team (WSMTT) FTT-19 in 1962. He also served in the 7th SFG (A), 1st SFG (A), and the 5th SFG (A) in Vietnam earning several awards and decorations. He retired in June 67. Ray was the author of "He Didn't Say Good-Bye" He is preceded in death by his wife Linda, and son Danny. Survived by his children Brian, Jeff, Michael, Lisa, and Kim, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Memorial service will be at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Courtney Pkwy, Merritt Island. Visitation at 1000 hrs and Mass at 1100 hrs, Friday the 15th of Sept. Ray will be cremated and interment will be at Bushnell National Cemetery. Cards may be sent to Rays son at 600 Oak Park Circle, Merritt Island, FL 32953. Time and date not yet confirmed. As it becomes available, notification will be published.

Peter NMI Harris

Peter NMI Harris (A-3295) It is my sad duty to inform SFA members that Captain Peter Harris (A-3295) Chapter 86, passed away August 31, 2006. Peter served with Mike Force, Pleiku, in 1969 where he served as a company commander, and XO of the battalion. Bruce Davies, Chapter 86, Victoria, Australia. No other information was provided.

New Navy Ship Being Built With WTC Steel

With a year to go before it even touches the water, the Navy's amphibious assault ship USS New York has already made history twice. It was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center, and it survived Hurricane Katrina.

That combination of disasters gives the ship a unique standing among the 500 or so Avondale, La., shipyard workers building it, said Tony Quaglino, a crane superintendent who postponed retirement to have a hand in the New York's construction.


From A Pilot's Perspective: 'You Worry Me.'

"You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.


His Corps Value Was Bravery

On Nov. 10, 2004, in 30 minutes of close combat, Marine Pfc. Christopher Adlesperger, a soft-spoken, religious young man who loved poetry and art, attacked an enemy stronghold in Fallouja, Iraq, and killed at least 11 insurgents.

He killed them with his M-16 and with his grenade launcher. He killed them at such close range he could hear the blood gurgling in their mouths and noses.


Special Forces soldier receives German medal

A U.S. Special Forces soldier on Tuesday was awarded the highest medal that can be given by the German army to a foreign enlisted troop.

Staff Sgt. Jonathon A. Zapien of 3rd Special Forces Group, out of Fort Bragg, N.C., was presented the Ehrenmedaille, or Honor Medal, during a ceremony in Berlin. Zapien accompanied a German special forces unit from June to October 2005 during missions in southeastern Afghanistan.


Special Forces to Exit War Zone

Australian special forces troops pack up to leave Afghanistan, NATO chiefs have warned that Taliban forces are getting stronger and spreading across the country.

Last week a large band of Taliban fighters struck for the first time in the west of the country, spreading the violence beyond the beleaguered southern and eastern provinces.


A Bold Upstart With CIA Roots

In the burgeoning field of intelligence contractors, an especially aggressive upstart is Abraxas Corp., a privately held company that has assembled a deep roster of CIA veterans to handle a wide range of clandestine assignments - including secret work for an elite team of overseas case officers.

The company was founded by a group of former high-ranking agency employees, led by Richard "Hollis" Helms, a longtime overseas officer in the Middle East and onetime head of the CIA's European division, and Richard Calder, who was the agency's deputy director for administration.


Bin Laden Death Report Doubted

A leaked French intelligence document raises the possibility Osama bin Laden died of typhoid, but President Jacques Chirac said yesterday the report was "in no way whatsoever confirmed" and officials from Kabul to Washington expressed skepticism about its accuracy.

There have been numerous reports over the years that bin Laden had been killed or that he was dangerously ill, but the al Qaeda leader has periodically released audiotapes appealing to followers and commenting on current news events.


Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Fuels Terror

The war in Iraq has made global terrorism worse by fanning Islamic radicalism and providing a training ground for lethal methods that are increasingly being exported to other countries, according to a sweeping assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The classified document, which represents a consensus view of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, paints a considerably bleaker picture of the impact of the Iraq war than Bush administration or U.S. intelligence officials have acknowledged publicly, according to officials familiar with the assessment.


Air Marshals Ousted Over Job Injuries

The size of the federal air marshal force has been cut in half by on-the-job injuries that have sidelined nearly 2,100 marshals, while squabbling prevents health and safety policies from being implemented, government officials say.

Marshals say medical staffers are quitting the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) out of frustration as hundreds develop illnesses related to their heavy flying schedules such as barotrauma, decompression sickness that causes ruptured eardrums and sinus conditions often requiring surgery.


Special Forces: Home From The War - And Headed Back

When politicians get big things wrong, they still get re- elected. When academics get big things wrong, they get tenure. When Special Forces officers get even the smallest thing wrong, people die.

That gives SF leaders a seriousness you rarely encounter elsewhere - unless it's among others in uniform.

Once a year, I have the privilege of speaking to the SF and other special operations students at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. The questions from those officers are by far the toughest - the most intelligent and earnest - I hear anywhere.

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