Time to help the Afghan people

It’s been a little more than 100 days since the embarrassing withdrawal from Afghanistan. I have to search pretty hard to find current information from Kabul or anywhere else in the country. The Taliban don’t exactly relish journalists of any ilk, much less those that publish articles that stray from the Taliban “party line.” Nevertheless,…

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Allies

Anyone who has read my book Marathon War knows I am a huge believer in the value of allies. During my time as Regional Command – East and CJTF 101 Commanding General, I worked hard to expand the role of our critical team-mates while ensuring we supported their forces and their leaders to the maximum…

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Thanks to our Navy

This week was the Navy’s 243rd birthday. It may seem odd coming from an old (older!) soldier, but I must wish my Navy comrades and their families “Happy Birthday!” Our Army gets to work walking, driving or riding, flying, and YES, sailing to faraway places. Without our Navy, and the Marine Corps, we would not…

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Mentoring

When LTG Guy Swan (US Army retired, and AUSA Vice President) and I were discussing my book Marathon War at the AUSA Thought Leader’s WEBINAR a few weeks ago, he commented about mentorship, and I wanted to share some thoughts with you all on the subject. He noted how many officers who worked under my…

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Confronting Reality

We veterans, our active duty comrades, and our families have a serious problem. Suicide. We are killing ourselves at a horrific rate. We owe it to ourselves, those that love us, and America to do more to help those in need before they make an attempt, and for those that survive an attempted suicide, we…

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Grateful

I remember September 11, 2001: I was a newly minted one star general posted to the US Embassy in Kuwait as the Director of the Office of Military Cooperation. The Ambassador, the station chief and I were huddled in a quiet place in the embassy when an aide burst in to tell us to come…

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Upcoming AUSA Webinar

Hey everybody, I know I have been writing some very serious blogs of late, due to the situation in Afghanistan. Today let me plug my book as well as a great organization that supports all of our Army: soldiers, families, and all of us that have retired: AUSA. If you are not a member, think…

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Don’t give up now

All of us who wear or have worn a military uniform, and all of our family members, mourn for those 13 U.S. servicemen and women killed this week in an ISIS-K suicide attack at Kabul Airport. We know their lives were cut short while serving a greater good, which was to help fellow citizens and…

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Helping citizens and our Afghan friends

If you have read previous posts from me I think you know how I feel about the American withdrawal from Afghanistan and the urgent need to help our Afghan translators and assistants get out of the country, along with their immediate families. Every night I seem to receive another cry for help from inside the…

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Shame on us

No matter your political leaning nor whether you believe we should end all “forever wars” or you are a national security hardliner, if you are American, you should be deeply disappointed in your country today. As the American flag at the US Embassy in Kabul comes down under Taliban pressure, as US Army Chinook helicopters…

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