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A Message from Dave

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"No Pain No Gain"

A warrior knows that if you don't understand suffering you will never understand life.

The existence of suffering is the challenge to solutions.

In Lakedaemon, I witnessed a different kind of ordeal: a Spartan boy beaten to death by his drill instructors.

The lad's name was Teriander, he was fourteen; they called him Tripod because no one of his age-class could take him down in wrestling.

The whippings are a ritual of the boy's training in Lakedaemon, not in punishment for stealing food (at which exploit the boys are encouraged to excel, to develop resourcefulness in war), but for the crime of getting caught. The beatings take place alongside the Temple of Artemis Orthia in a narrow alley called the Runway.

Tripod was the eleventh boy whipped that day. The two eirenes, drill instructors, who administered the beatings, had already been replaced by a fresh pair, twenty-year-olds just out of the agoge and as powerfully built as any youths in the city. It worked like this: the boy whose turn it was grasped a horizontal iron bar secured to the bases of two trees (the bar had been worn smooth by decades, some said centuries, of the ritual) and was flogged with birch rods, as big around as a man's thumb, by the eirenes taking turns. A priestess of Artemis stood at the boy's shoulder, presenting an ancient wooden image which must, tradition dictated, receive the spray of human blood.

Two of the boy's mates from his training platoon kneel at each shoulder to catch the lad when he falls. At any time the boy may terminate the ordeal by releasing the bar and pitching forward to the dirt. Theoretically a boy would only do this when thrashed to unconsciousness, but many pitched simply when they could no longer bear the pain. Between a hundred and two hundred looked on this day: boys of other platoons, fathers, brothers and mentors and even some of the boys' mothers, keeping discreetly to the rear. Tripod kept taking it and taking it. The flesh of his back had been torn through in a dozen places; you could see tissue and fascia, ribcage and muscle and even the spine. He would not go down. "Pitch!" his two comrades kept urging between blows, meaning let go of the bar and fall. Tripod refused. Even the drill instructors began hissing this between their teeth. One look in the boy's face and you could see he had passed beyond reason. He had made up his mind to die rather than raise the hand for quarter. The eirenes did as they were instructed in such cases: they prepared to wallop Tripod so hard in four blows made upon the boy's back. Tripod dropped; the drill instructors immediately declared the ordeal terminated and summoned the next boy.

Tripod managed to lift himself upon all fours. Blood was sheeting from his mouth, nose and ears. He could not see or speak. He managed somehow to turn about and almost stand, then he sank slowly to his seat, held there a moment and then dropped, hard, into the dirt. It was clear at once that he would never rise. Dienekes, who had been present, walked apart with his protégé, the boy Alexandros. Dienekes walked with Alexandros, alone except for his own squire and me, to a spot beneath the temple of Athena Protectaress of the City, immediately below the slope from the statue of Phobos, the god of fear. As nearly as I can recall, this is how the older man instructed his protégé:

First, in a gentle and loving tone, he recalled his own first sight when he was a lad in years younger than Alexandros, of a boy comrade whipped to death. He recounted several of his own ordeals in the Runway, beneath the rod.

Then he began the sequence of query and response which comprises the Lakedaemonian syllabus of instruction.

"Answer this, Alexandros. When our countrymen triumph in battle, what is it that defeats the foe?"

The boy responded in the terse Spartan style, "Our steel and our skill."

"These, yes," Dienekes corrected him gently, "but something more. It is that." His gesture led up the slope to the image of  Phobos, Fear.

Their own fear defeats our enemies.

"Now answer. What is the source of fear?"

When Alexandros' reply faltered, Dienekes reached with his hand and touched his own chest and shoulder.

"Fear arises from this: the flesh. This," he declared, "is  the factory of fear."

Alexandros listened with the grim concentration of a boy who knows his whole life will be war; that the laws of Lykurgus forbid him and every other Spartan to know or pursue a trade other than war; that his term of obligation extends from age twenty to age sixty, and that no force under heaven will excuse his from soon, very soon, assuming his place in line of battle and clashing shield-to-shield, helmet-to-helmet with the enemy.

"Now answer again, Alexandros. Did you observe today in the manner of the eirenes delivering the beating any sign or indication of malice?"

The boy answered no.

"Would you characterize their demeanor as barbarous? Did they take pleasure in dealing agony to Tripod?"


"Was their intention to crush his will or break his spirit?"


"What was their intention?"

"To harden his mind against pain."

Throughout this conversation the older man maintained a voice tender and solicitous with love. Nothing Alexandros could do would ever make this voice love him less or abandon him. Such is the peculiar genius of the Spartan system of pairing each boy in training with a mentor other than his own father. A mentor may say things that a father cannot; a boy can confess to his mentor that which would bring shame to reveal to his father.

"It was bad today, wasn't it, my young friend?"

Dienekes then asked the boy how he imagined battle, real battle, compared with what he had witnessed today.

No answer was required or expected.

"Never forget, Alexandros, that this flesh, this body, does not belong to us. Thank God it doesn't. If I thought this stuff was mine, I could not advance a pace into the face of the enemy. But it is not ours, my friend. It belongs to the gods and to our children, our fathers and mothers and those of Lakedaemon a hundred, a thousand years yet unborn. It belongs to the city which gives us all we have and demands no less in requital."

Man and boy moved on, down the slope to the river.

Dienekes sat upon the earth beneath the Twins. He gestured to Alexandros to take the place beside him.

"Personally I think your friend Tripod was foolish. What he displayed today contained more of recklessness than true courage, andreia. He cost the city his life, which could have been spent more fruitfully in battle."

Nonetheless it was clear Dienekes respected him.

"But to his credit he showed us something of nobility today. He showed you and every boy watching what it is to pass beyond identification with the body, beyond pain, beyond fear of death. You were horrified to behold his agonisma, but it was awe that struck you truly, wasn't it? Awe of that boy or whatever daimon animated him. Your friend Tripod showed us contempt for this." Again Dienekes indicated the flesh. "A contempt which approached the stature of the sublime."

From my spot, above on the bank, I could see the boy's shoulders shudder as the grief and terror of the day at last purged themselves from his heart. Dienekes embraced and comforted him. When at last the boy had recomposed himself, his mentor gently released him.

"Have your instructors taught you why the Spartans excuse without penalty the warrior who loses his helmet or breastplate in battle, but punish with loss of all citizenship rights the man who discards his shield?"

They had, Alexandros replied.

Because a warrior carries helmet and breastplate for his own protection, but his shield for the safety of the whole line."

Dienekes smiled and placed a hand upon his protégé's shoulder.

"Remember this, my young friend. There is a force beyond fear. More powerful than self-preservation. But it was there and it was genuine. Let us remember your friend Tripod and honor him for this."

   Gates of Fire, Steven Pressfield

As I was reading this tale it reminded me of all the times of great pain and suffering I experienced in the military.

For us that have chosen the path of the warrior there is great wisdom in this tale. One thing worth noting from this tale is knowing when to quit. For us warriors, knowing when to quit, retreat or yield from pain and suffering does not come easy and as it was with the Spartans each of us must come to that decision on his own. It is not in our nature as warriors to surrender to anything but we must know there will come a time when we will have to use courage to make that hard decision to stop and regroup to seek an alternative victory.

"It requires more courage to suffer than to die."

   Napoleon Bonaparte

Suffering is an inevitable part of life. Which brings us to this months topic, Suffering. As you read this you must learn to redefine suffering in your mind to mean challenge. Without challenge there is no meaning to suffering. We will all experience suffering (challenge) throughout our lives which comes in many forms. We feel suffering in two ways, physical pain and mental anguish. Both pain and mental anguish often combine together to torment us. The big question is what can we do when suffering comes knocking on our door? The answer to this question is simple, we must be prepared how to meet and endure pain and suffering, (challenge).

Preparing ourselves to meet pain and suffering (challenge) is not a guarantee of success but it gives us the best possible chance for success and when we falter under the pressure of pain and suffering (challenge) our preparation will allow us to catch ourselves and regain control of our mental process where victory truly lies.

Our preparation to meet the challenges of pain and suffering are both physical and mental.

All true warriors know that suffering (challenge) is life's teacher.

Our preparation to deal with suffering (challenge) starts in the home. Most of us when we are young learned quickly that the consequences from our bad decisions drew discipline from our parents and rewards for good decisions. We also learned that in the home or at school we often suffered or benefited by the decisions of others that were not of our own making. From this we learned that our decisions often not only affect ourselves but others around us. If the child is raised properly when he leaves the home he has learned how to make decisions responsibly both for his own benefit and with consideration of how it might affect others to avoid the consequences of unnecessary suffering. Hopefully he will carry forward what he has learned into his adult life where he will meet his new parent and life long teacher suffering (challenge). Suffering (challenge) is not merely a warning and a restraint but a teacher and motivator as well. 

For those of us that choose the path of the Warrior we learn that suffering (challenge) is not our enemy but our friend and teacher. It warns us, it tests us and it challenges us to apply what we know. The Warrior knows that with suffering (challenge) as our teacher the lessons can be harsh and to be a good student we must have the right attitude to learn, advance, and conquer.

What is the right attitude?

The right attitude is one of humility (teachability). Humility is freedom from arrogance, the ability to accept reality with objective thought and the courage to act on what you have learned taking the offensive which we will discuss later.

The wrong attitude is arrogance. Arrogance is self deception causing an inflated opinion of self which renders a person unteachable. A Warrior's greatest enemy is arrogance operating off of an illusion which will relentlessly undermine his life and happiness. Most suffering (challenge) in life is caused by arrogance divorced from reality; suffering (challenge) will seem to come out of nowhere. The natural results of his decisions often will take him by surprise. Situations for which he himself is responsible will shock and disappoint him, will confound his expectations and will dash his misplaced hopes. In arrogance he will falsely blame his misfortunes on other people, environment, childhood trauma, bad luck even God. Because he is out of touch with reality (arrogant) he is ultimately illogical in his thinking. He will rationalize his situation blaming others, making everyone responsible for his own decisions. The person that reacts to pressure and suffering with arrogance will manifest bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, guilt or self pity and has chosen a path of self destruction with intensified suffering (challenge) adversely affecting others around him.

Arrogance must be met with humility which is the basis for objectivity allowing one to learn and see truth and reality. The Warrior has learned that the only way to conquer suffering (challenge) is with truth.

In our lives a certain amount of suffering (challenge) is unavoidable, but the suffering (challenge) we bring on ourselves through bad habits, bad decisions, ignorance and arrogance can all be avoided. The key is found in the application of truth and honor. Honor comes from integrity which is loyalty to truth and truth is always seen through the eyes of humility. Truth exists only in reality and learned principles that have stood the test of time.

One good example of principles that have stood the test of time throughout human history is the Laws of Establishment on which our country was founded which both allows and preserves freedom.

When inculcated with truth, we can triumph over terrible suffering, (challenge).

The effectiveness of the truth in establishment principles was dramatically illustrated by our establishment-oriented American prisoners of war in North Vietnam. They provided a notable example of inner strength that was derived from establishment principles. These men were sustained by a code of establishment concepts through years of bestial, crippling torture. Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale, (Ret.), the senior American prisoner of war, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his "valiant leadership and extraordinary courage" as the leader of prisoner resistance. He confirmed that even under extreme suffering (challenge), the volitional responsibility (our free will to choose) remains operational, and he describes the prisoners' ability to avoid self-destructive mental attitudes.

There are a lot of things (a torturer) can't do with torture. Aristotle said that, " compulsion and free will can coexist."

He was right... A man about to undergo torture must have burned into his mind the fact that he can be hemmed in only within a very narrow window and that he need not volunteer information...

To keep your integrity, your dignity, your soul, you have to retain responsibility for your actions, to deal with guilt, ("Yes I lost it, I might have done better, but I didn't.") You need to look squarely at what you did and measure its limited gravity in the light of the overall truth of the total situation, then use the guilt, such as it is, as a cleansing fire to purge the fault, as a goad for future resolve, and above all not be consumed by it. But you have to do all this yourself. To say that guilt doesn't exist or that it was the work of brainwashers" is self-delusion...What is indispensable to avoiding the web of fear and guilt is that ability to stand isolated, without friends and surrounded by entreaters, and quite uncharitably say "no" without the crutch of anger, without embarrassment, with finality and with commitment to the consequences...

Young Americans in Hanoi learned fast. They made no deals. They learned that "meeting them half way" was the road to degradation. My hypothetical young prison mate soon learned that impulses, working against the grain, are very important in political prisons, that one learns to enjoy fighting city hall, to enjoy giving the enemy upside-down logic problems, that one soon finds himself taking his lumps with pride and not merely liking but loving that tapping guy next door, the man he never sees, the man he bares his soul to after each torture session, until he realizes he thereby expiating all residual guilt. Then he realizes he can't be hurt and can't be had as long as he tells the truth and clings to that forgiving band of brothers who are becoming his country, his family.

American prisoners of war applied establishment truths concerning personal freedom and responsibility as well as humility, honesty, and mutual respect. They avoided torturing themselves with bad mental attitudes and emotions. Moreover, free from self-induced misery, they learned to actually enjoy the challenges of their unspeakable situation. Their success did not stem from mere stubbornness, which can be a counterfeit of integrity. Anger, fear, guilt, vengeance, implacability, or insecurity may motivate unyielding tenacity. This pseudo strength may appear admirable and may even achieve a degree of success, but the inner result of such false motivation is only wear and tear on the soul. In particular, fear is a tremendous drain of mental and physical energy.

I watched on TV the recent three American defense contactors that were rescued after being held for 5 years by the FARC in Columbia which I believe is one of the longest times on record for an American hostage. What was most notable was their gratitude towards the Military which they knew was responsible for their rescue and freedom, and their strong desire to take full advantage of the freedom we have in the U.S. that they displayed upon their return. They had experienced a great lesson on the true value and power of freedom that is promoted under establishment principals in our country. 

Now we will discuss how to take the offensive. Suffering (challenge) is not merely a warning and a restraint but a teacher and motivator as well.  Misfortune does not always come to injure says a Latin maxim. Pain not only discourages us from going the wrong direction but it can help propel us into the right direction. 

"Without cancer, I never would have won a single Tour de France. Cancer taught me a plan for more purposeful living, and that in turn taught me how to train and to win more purposefully. It taught me that pain has a reason, and that sometimes the experience of losing things-whether health or a car or an old sense of self-has its own value in the scheme of life. Pain and loss are great enhancers."

   Lance Armstrong

Under pressure a Warrior needs the truth. If he is coddled, he may be in danger of intensifying his problem by; slipping into self pity. No one with integrity wants to feel sorry for himself what they need is straight answers. Under pressure a warrior's emotions are already highly charged so any communication meant to pamper and shield him to make him feel better despite the reality of his situation will not help solve the problem but will ultimately add to the emotional situation, maybe even complicating the suffering (challenge) which is already difficult enough. Unfortunately a lot of our young soldiers fall victim to the disillusionment and carnage of war which indicates they were not mentally prepared. Preparation to prevent such emotions from taking control starts in the home and should be reinforced in military training. For those who are suffering (challenged) from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome what they need most is the truth and tough love.   

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts"

   Winston Churchill

All true warriors know the quickest way to deal with suffering (challenge) and adversity is to focus on solutions and kick our sorry ass back into gear. This is the start of taking the offense. I have to kick myself in the ass all the time and as a leader sometimes I had to kick my men in the ass to get them going. I found that suffering (challenge) gets ones attention. So to bring reality into focus I would need to shock them with the truth as I often have to do with myself, because as a leader no one wants to tell you when you're wrong. So all leaders must learn to be humble and swallow their pride. Pride has no place in leadership, nor trying to win any popularity contests.

This is the first step in taking the offense, shocking yourself back to reality and kicking yourself in the ass to motivate yourself. From this first step your goal is to gain a stabilized mentality free from emotion and focused on the solution.

A confusing, complicated situation must first be reduced to utter simplicity by recalling principles or solutions applicable to your situation. This is why a warrior prepares himself by arming himself with the arsenal of truth and humility to evaluate his situation in the light of reality. Arrogance is the worst enemy and must be met with humility which allows one to see both the problem and the solution clearly. Suffering (challenge) always intensifies the truth and never leaves a person the same.

"And in that fog of uncertainty, a wide-ranging intellect is called for us to feel out the truth with instinctive judgment"

   Prussian General Karl von Clausewitch

The Warrior who reacts to pressure and suffering (challenge) with arrogance will manifest bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, guilt and self pity, and has chosen a path of self destruction with intensified suffering (challenge). As many are doing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

The second step to answering suffering (challenge) is to always meet it with an offensive mentality. The offensive has always been an important principle in life. It is a military axiom that offensive action is the only means by which victory is gained and this is true also of suffering (challenge). Offensive action brings victory while defensive action can only avoid defeat. Just as the offensive increases the effectiveness of the Military Force adopting it, like wise taking the offensive increases the ability to handle the suffering he encounters. Taking the offensive just like in the Military also raises moral, permits concentration of effort, and allows freedom of action. However not to forget defensive action can be used to assist offensive action else where, to gain time, to utilize terrain, or compensate for weakness, but offensive action must be used where there is a reasonable chance of success.  

The father of our country George Washington understood how to take the offense in the face of tremendous suffering (challenge) and adversity. As Commander of the Continental Army he won our independence, he then stepped up to preside over the writing of our Constitution and Bill of Rights and then took our new country out of chaos and served as President for eight years stepping aside of his own volition leaving us a functional government and a thriving, growing country to become one the greatest nations of freedom the world has known.

As a young man Washington became a woodsman and hunter. Day after day he could tramp through the wilderness with his gun and his surveyor's chain, and then sleep at night beneath the stars. He feared no exposure or fatigue, and outdid the hardiest backwoodsman in following a winter trail and swimming icy streams. This habit of vigorous bodily exercise he carried through out his life. Whenever he was at Mount Vernon he gave a large part of his time to fox hunting, riding after his hounds through the most difficult country. His physical power and endurance counted for much in his success when he commanded his army, and when the heavy anxieties of general and president weighed upon his mind and heart.

He was an educated, but not a learned man. He read well and remembered what he read, but his life was, from the beginning, a life of action, and the world of men was his school. He was not a military genius like Hannibal, or Caesar, or Napoleon, or our own General Douglas MacArthur of which the world has only few examples. But he was a great soldier of the type which the English race has produced, like Marlborough and Cromwell, Wellington, Grant, and Lee. He was patient under defeat, capable of large combinations, a stubborn and often reckless fighter, a winner of battles, but much more, a conclusive winner in a long war of varying fortunes.

He was, in addition, what very few great soldiers or commanders have ever been a great constitutional statesman, able to lead a people along the paths of free government without undertaking himself to play the part of the strong man, the usurper, or the savior of society. Yet there can be no greater error than to suppose Washington cold and unfeeling, because of his silence and reserve. He was by nature a man of strong desires and stormy passions. Now and again he would break out, even as late as the presidency, into a gust of anger that would sweep everything before it. He was always reckless of personal danger, and had a fierce fighting spirit which nothing could check when it was once unchained.

But as a rule these fiery impulses and strong passions were under the absolute control of an iron will, and they never clouded his judgment or warped his keen sense of justice.

But if he was not of a cold nature, still less was he hard or unfeeling. No, his pity always went out to the poor, the oppressed, or the unhappy, and he was all that was kind and gentle to those immediately about him.

We have to look carefully into his life to learn all these things, for the world saw only a silent, reserved man, of courteous and serious manner, who seemed to stand alone and apart, and who impressed every one who came near him with a sense of awe and reverence.

One quality he had which was, perhaps, more characteristic of the man and his greatness than any other was his great veracity of mind. He was, of course, the soul of truth and honor, but he was even more than that. He never deceived himself he always looked facts squarely in the face and dealt with them as such, dreaming no dreams, cherishing no delusions, asking no impossibilities of others as well as to himself, and thus winning alike in war and in peace. Washington was truly a great leader and as it is with all leaders he stood alone on what he knew to be right and true.

Here is a quote that most of us have heard that I would like to clarify. "Pain is inevitable and Suffering is optional" The word suffering is referring to stress which is self induced misery brought on when we become emotional in times of pain and adversity. Suffering in this life as we all know is unavoidable.

All warriors must be physically tough, mentally tough, and tactically proficient to meet life's teacher suffering (challenge). All true warriors know the meaning of the quote above that pain and suffering is a contradistinction to one another meaning pain is physical and suffering is mental meaning stress in this case and we can control stress by thinking instead of reacting with emotions.

The warrior makes himself physically tough through exercise and conditioning constantly testing himself to perform in the worst of conditions Mother Nature has to offer. We all have our stories no food, no water, no sleep from the infectious rotting jungles, to the blistering heat and desolation of the desert to the freezing winters in the mountains and the Artic. Here is where a warrior finds out what he is made of and what he learns is how important it is to be prepared to meet the ultimate challenge, survival.

From what he has learned he then must apply it in combat and he will face many challenges of which two I will mention.

The first challenge is he must always be alert and tactically proficient. Combat will test his alertness and his tactical skills and his fitness. For some it will be boredom no action bringing the challenge of staying in a constant state of readiness which requires the patience of a predator.

 The second challenge is for those who see a lot of action. Here it takes great willpower to keep your self in peak physical condition. The warrior must push himself to exercise in-between missions and take care of his body so it will take care of him when the unexpected happens. You may not be in an environment that lends itself to exercise so you may have to improvise like use a jump rope for cardio for example but you can always find a way to adapt. This takes great self discipline and mental fortitude. It is easy to slack off but the true warrior knows keeping himself in the best physical condition and state of mind can make the difference in unexpected situations. We all know, (which is one of my favorite phrases) "Shit happens". The warrior's code for physical toughness is to keep pushing to make himself stronger and his attitude is pain is weakness leaving the body. This makes him stronger both physically and mentally. He likes it and learns to eat pain like candy it is the way of the warrior.

"Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."

Lance Armstrong

Mental toughness is to me the most difficult because suffering (challenge) rarely comes in the form in which we are most prepared. It has a way of exploiting our weaknesses and these are the defining moments for all warriors.

Gaius Mucius Scaevola, a Roman commander, laid his hand on a burning altar to show the Etruscans he will bear any pain to defeat them.

   Livy's second book history of Rome

The first challenge in mental toughness is the reality of the Law of Volitional Responsibility. Volitional responsibility is ultimately inescapable. Its implications are that every Warrior must take responsibility for his own decisions and actions and as unfair as it may seem he must take responsibility for the things that are not of his own doing as well. A warrior must know that volition operates in both ignorance as well as in cognizance. A warrior understands that he never blames others for his unhappiness. He acknowledges any mistakes or wrong decisions he has made regarding relationships, activities, motives and functions in life and fulfills the obligations he has incurred as reasonably or best he can. If he suffers from causes beyond his control as most of us will often experience, he does not allow suffering to tyrannize his soul. Rather than poison himself with bitterness and self pity, he makes the most of his situation by taking advantage of any options and opportunities that present themselves through making good decisions from strength as opposed to weakness and emotion. This is taking the offensive.

A wise warrior knows that sincerity is the cover or excuse for stupidity.

The warrior is foolish if he remains oblivious to the correlation between his decisions and his misery.The law of volitional responsibility not only explains individual suffering, but also accounts for the collective suffering that man brings upon himself.  

"Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight"

   Lance Armstrong

My hopes are that you will embrace life's teacher suffering as challenge with a positive attitude of humility allowing you to learn and overcome the challenges of pain and suffering.

We learned that we must prepare ourselves to become physically tough, mentally tough and tactically proficient (or proficient in your profession).

Suffering is inevitable but you can keep it from turning into stress causing more suffering. You should always meet suffering by taking the offensive. Here is a 3 step drill to help you take on the challenge of suffering.

The first step is to remember suffering is a challenge and you must focus on a solution instead of the suffering. Suffering in itself is meaningless without accepting the challenge and focusing on the solution.

The second step in the offensive is to shock yourself back to reality to stabilize your mind to perceive your situation correctly so that you now want to make the most out of your situation instead of emoting.

The third step in the offensive is to select a course of action (solution) and execute it with vigor this will keep you from succumbing to your emotions like fear, anxiety, self pity, and this will boost your moral as you gain momentum.

This is simple in concept, but when we are put to the test its not so easy and this is when we define ourselves and learn from our failures and move on hopefully wiser for the wear and tear.

Offensive drill to meet suffering

Always remember suffering is a challenge to be met before you begin your offensive drill.


Reality check. Desire to make the most of your situation.

Consider options. Select a course of action.

Victory can only be achieved in the offense.

"Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind."


I challenge all of you to meet suffering on the offensive armed with humility and focused on solutions.  This will boost your morale, give you hope and give you more options in the battleground of your mind.

Never give up, never surrender to suffering.


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As a Police Officer in the small town that I grew up in, I see a lot of changes in the last 20 years. The decay of our family values is sickening. I see 12-year-old children with no respect for authority or themselves. I see small children sitting on the front step of crack houses while the 'adults' are there slinging crack from that same front step.

The question is how do we recover as a society? How do we educate these children so they have a chance of becoming a productive member of society? How do we reach our leaders when the Big-Business machine that has a chokehold on our society pays them?

Here's my answer - DAVE FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!



Right on ,dave!I was born in 1955 and brother it sho' has changed,but I ain't ! GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER!

OO-RAH, pkb

thank you...keep up the good work

michael goldman


I have a troubled teenage girl and she tries to pull all kind of stunts and so I agree with your direct but true statements. This Country must clean up itself now before it is to late, after that go to other Countries and tell them what to do!


Operative for a PMC

That's some interesting shit you got going there...Aussie Soldier


Super thoughts!

How about Michel de Montagne: "Excesses of virtue are greater to be feared than excesses of vice, for excesses of virtue lack the restraints of conscience."

That was restated by C. S. Lewis as: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

T Mac Williams


Your messages never disappoint me, we need more Americans like you and the rest of our hard charging brothers and sisters. The citizens of this great country need to wake up and see what is going on.





Dave would you please run for Congress!!!???

SGT. PC Shirley, US Army (ret)

I agree that George Bush has been hit too hard for some things in our country. But you have to admit he has put us behind the eight ball and we will pay a long time for his lack of integrity and the overall disdain for middle and low income Americans.

timothy bennett


Maybe you could be Palin's running mate in 4 years? What you said is absolutely true. Hooah and Ooorah! (confused - former Army, retired Air Force)

Ric Walters

That was great sir, thank you very much.

Jack Parker

Dave, Im a little late with my response to your letter but let me tell you thats awsome ,and those scenarios are all exactly to the point. Thats the way to get the folks inform and educated. HOOAH

H. Carrion

A Simple Act of Kindness

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. "I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap," I thought. I fly frequently, and I always look for an opportunity to share Jesus with someone. I wondered who it might be this time because there were empty seats all around me. Not much of a chance to talk to anyone. Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. "This is more like it! OK, Lord, which one will it be? Who needs to hear about you?" I decided to start a conversation.

Where are you headed?" I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. " Chicago --to Great Lakes Base. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Iraq ." After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached Chicago , and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time. As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. "No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to Chicago ." His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I was hungry, but could not bring myself to eat in front of them. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. "Take a lunch to all those soldiers."

She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. "My son was a soldier in Iraq . It's almost like you are doing it for him" Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated.

I Forgot About Me!


by her emotional response, I returned to my seat. She asked, "Which do you like best--beef or chicken?" "Chicken," I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. "This is your thanks." Now I felt guilty--I had dinner and the soldiers had only a sack lunch.

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. "I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this." He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, an said, "I want to shake your hand.' Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, "I was a soldier and I was a pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot." I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed in Chicago I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. "It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You."

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

Wallace Cole Hogan

Today I am remembering 9/11 by honoring a great SF buddy, MAJ Wallace Cole Hogan (middle in photo below). Cole was killed in the attack on the Pentagon that day. We had several wonderful misadventures together including commandeering a C-130 to parachute 3 of us at night in front of the officer's club, drinking our battalion commander's mini-bar dry (and forgetting to tell him about it until after he had to check out) and this memorable day pictured here in the Philippines, when our team met one of Douglas MacArthur's Filipino Scouts at a small farm. The man still had a frame of the small American flag given to the scouts promising "We will return" at the beginning of the war, his Bronze Star and a photo of MacArthur presenting him the medal at the end of the war.

Whatever side of the issue you're on – remember that the "War ON Terror" is not some abstract political fabrication of any one administration. Fundamental Islamic Terrorists have been waging the "War OF Terror" against us for decades. Not including 9/11, 926 people have been killed and over 7000 wounded in fundamentalist Islamic terror attacks against U.S. targets. Had we not waited until 9/11 to respond decisively to the attacks at the Marine Barracks and US Embassy in Beruit in 1983, or Pan Am Flight 103 in Scotland, or the World Trade Center in 1993, or the Khobar Towers in 1996, or the US Embassies in Kenya, Tanzania and Beruit in 1998 or the USS Cole in 2000…

Cole might have died as a warrior in some ‘stan… but would Cole have had to die as a victim on 9/11?

Someday soon I will go and spill beer on his bench in the beautiful new memorial park at the Pentagon.

A Warrior's Spirit Endures Unbroken

Published: May 25, 2008

In the wee-hour darkness, the stocky young colonel stood on an earthen mound gazing into the faces of the 750 warriors before him.

"Men," he said, "I am not a religious man and I don't know your feelings in this matter, but I am going to ask you to pray with me for the success of the mission before us. And while we pray, let us get on our knees and not look down, but up with faces raised to the sky."

In the orchard outside Exeter, England, rifles clanked against helmets as the soldiers descended to their knees in the dew-dampened grass.

"God almighty, in a few short hours we will be in battle with the enemy. We do not join battle afraid. We do not ask favors or indulgence but ask that if you will, use us as your instrument for right and an aid in returning peace to the world.

"We do not know or seek what our fate will be. We ask only this, that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading, safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believed was right.

"Oh, Lord, protect our loved ones and be near us in the fire ahead and with us now as we each pray to you."

As the men rose, the colonel called for a battalion reunion in Kansas City on the first D-Day anniversary after the war. The paratroopers then clambered aboard C-47 airplanes for the flight to their drop zone: Normandy, June 6, 1944.

For the colonel, it was the fulfillment of a dream born during his days as a boy picking apples in mountain orchards outside his native Elkins, W.Va. After graduation from West Point, with war looming, he was assigned a battalion in the elite 101st Airborne Division in preparation for the largest invasion in military history.

The moment for which he longed ended instantly.

He was hit in the chest by a series of machine gun rounds as he descended from the heavens into a sea of German artillery fire. By the end of the fighting in Normandy, almost 100 of his men had joined him among the war dead.

Widely scattered but well trained, the survivors soldiered on, seizing a pair of bridges over the Douve River and cutting off routes for German reinforcements at Utah Beach. The colonel's troops later fought in Operation Market Garden in Holland and the pivotal Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne.

More than 40 members of the outfit showed up June 6, 1946, for the D-Day reunion at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, according to Newsweek and Associated Press accounts. One of the men read the prayer aloud. Others wept.

Memories of 3rd Battalion commander Lt. Col. Robert Lee Wolverton remained vivid more than six decades after the invasion. "There was nobody like him," Ed Shames, of Virginia Beach, told the colonel's grandson, the author of this editorial. Shames, a former sergeant in Wolverton's Headquarters Company, received a battlefield commission after D-Day and was transferred to the regiment's 2nd Battalion, better known as the "Band of Brothers."

The colonel and those who perished with him in Normandy embody not only the sacrifice we honor today, but also a uniquely American spirit that transcends eras and debates over the merits of war: "We ask only ... that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading, safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believed was right."

It is a spirit which lives in those who have given all and those risk it in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pray it forever endures.


Military humor - breaks the monotony

Word of Truth

The Word of Truth - Alive and Powerful

The Word of Truth


By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC (Ret)

There are several categories of suffering delineated in the Word of God. Suffering, adversity, or pain in its various forms is something we will all endure. The question is will you benefit from the experience? Or, will you become miserable and implacable and thus doomed to repeat the same test over and over again. Dave has rightly equated suffering with a challenge. Suffering is a challenge and we should meet it head on, as we would any challenge. However, before we charge ahead to do battle we must have some understanding of the enemy. We should ask ourselves what type of suffering it is, what is the cause and how do we defeat it?

There are two basic types of suffering. All adversity we face will fit into one of these categories.

  1. Punitive Suffering
    • The law of volitional responsibility.
    • Divine discipline.
  2. Suffering for Blessing
    • Believers only.

Punitive suffering includes the law of volitional responsibility and divine discipline. The law of volitional responsibility can be called self-induced misery because that is what it brings. When you make a bad decision, you suffer the consequences of that bad decision. You can blame no one but yourself. Many people blame others or even God for their own stupid decisions and actions, when in reality, they only have themselves to blame.

Gal 6:7 states the law of volitional responsibility: "Be not deceived; God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap."

Hosea 8:7, "They who sow to the wind shall also reap the whirlwind."

Col 3:25, "For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of that wrong which he has done, and there is no partiality [from God]."

Volition and decision are the source of both sins of ignorance and sins of cognizance. Therefore, each person must be held responsible for his own decisions, whether he understands there category or there consequences. The consequences are generally classified as self-induced misery, self-imposed misery, and self-indulged misery. Under the law of volitional responsibility, the believer inflicts on himself unbearable suffering from the following categories:

  1. Personal sins.
  2. Function of human good.
  3. Function of evil.
  4. Function of moral or immoral degeneracy.
  5. Living in cosmic one, "grieving the Spirit."
  6. Living in cosmic two, "quenching the Spirit."
  7. Lack of common sense or bad judgment.
  8. Subjective arrogance, the overestimation of your own abilities, or failing to see yourself in the light of reality.

Both believer and unbeliever function under the law of volitional responsibility not only from sin, but also from the violation of the laws of divine establishment. The laws of divine establishment are the operational laws for the entire human race within the framework of a national entity. There is intense suffering from violating the sacredness of life, property, and privacy in criminal acts.

Much suffering comes to Christians because they are confused, lack Bible doctrine, and are ignorant about many true principles in life. If you are suffering from your wrong decisions, no prayer in the world can help you. You must go to the solutions found in the Word of God.

Most wrong decisions reflect indifference or negative volition toward Bible doctrine, as mentioned in many verses in Proverbs chapters one and eight.

Prov 22:8, "He who sows wickedness reaps trouble, and the rod of His punishment will surely come."

Proverbs 2:10-17 teaches that good decisions always result from metabolized doctrine, called CHAKMAH or wisdom (the equivalent of the Greek word EPIGNOSIS in the New Testament). Bad decisions that cause self-induced misery are related to sin; the seven worst sins are stated in Proverbs 6:16-19.

Prov 11:22, "As a golden ring in a pig's snout, so is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion." A woman can get so carried away with her beauty that she makes a lot of bad decisions in her mental attitude, and so brings on herself self-imposed misery. An ugly woman can do the same thing, but this illustration is more obvious.

Prov 12:13, "In the transgression of the lips [the sins of your big mouth] is an evil snare, but the righteous will escape this trouble ." Every time you judge, malign, gossip, or run down someone, you have manufactured misery for yourself. The

righteous here isn't someone who is perfect, but someone who does not gossip, malign, or judge others.

Prov 13:20, "He who walks with the wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer misery." We make good and bad decisions in regard to the people with whom we associate. If you associate with the wrong crowd, you're making a decision that will cause you a tremendous amount of unhappiness!

Prov 15:17, "Better is a dish of cabbage where love is than a steak and hatred with it."

Prov 15:33, "The fear [respect, awe, reverence] of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility."

Good decisions based on humility will eventually lead to honor, which includes virtue-love as a problem-solving device. See also Proverbs 16:18, 17:1, 13, 20, 19:8, 15, 16, 19, 23, 25, 20:19, 21:9, 19, 21, 22:8, 23:9, 27-30, 24:17-18, 25:16, 29:1.

Divine discipline is the other category of punitive suffering. God disciplines in love as a loving parent disciplines their child. This doesn't mean the discipline is easy or painless. God knows us better than we know ourselves and He knows exactly where, when, and how to bring pain to get our attention.

If the believer, through the function of his own negative volition, persists in breaking the law of volitional responsibility, it is obvious that God will add to it in the three categories of discipline: warning, intensive, and dying (sin unto death).

The principle of both warning and intensive discipline is found in the book of Hebrews.

Heb 12:6  "Whom the Lord loves He disciplines [warning discipline], and He skins alive with a whip every son whom He receives [intensive discipline].

" Job 5:17-18, "Behold, happy is the man whom the Lord reproves [warning discipline], and does not despise the discipline [intensive discipline] from the Almighty. He inflicts pain [warning discipline]. He bandages the wound [confession of sin]. He wounds [intensive discipline], and His hands heal."

Warning discipline is taught in Rev 3:20. The purpose of warning discipline is to remember 1 John 1:9 and utilize the grace system of recovering the filling of the Holy Spirit by confession of sin or as my Pastor has called it "rebound". Because after you sin and are in a state of carnality you bounce back into spirituality and the Christian way of life.  Warning discipline motivates rebound.

Intensive discipline is found in Revelation.

Rev. 3:19, "Those who I love I reprimand [warning discipline] and I punish [intensive

discipline]. Therefore be zealous [motivation from warning discipline or intensive discipline] and rebound." Also, see Ps 38:1-14.

The third category is dying discipline, the sin unto death. This is when God has no more use for you on earth. 1 John 5:16.

Ps 118:17-18, "The Lord has disciplined me severely [intensive discipline], but He has not given me over to death [sin unto death]."

Phil 3:19, "Whose end of life is ruin [dying discipline], whose god is his emotions."

Rev 3:16, "Therefore, because you are lukewarm [in the cosmic system], neither cold or hot, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth."

All three categories of divine discipline are found in 1 Corinthians.

I Cor. 11:30-31, "For this cause many are weak [warning discipline], and sick [intensive discipline], and many sleep [sin unto death]. But, if we would judge ourselves [rebound], we should not be judged."

The solution to punitive suffering always begins the same, rebound and keep moving.

I john 1:9 " If we confess our sins to Him He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

The importance of this concept cannot be over emphasized. There can be no fellowship with God, no filling of the Holy Spirit, no ability to communicate with God, no walking by means of the Spirit etc…unless you appropriate the grace solution to post salvation sin, which is confession or rebound.

Suffering for blessing is the final category of suffering. I will cover this in the next newsletter.


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A Few Quotes...

"You are a special breed, we ask a lot of you and for that the nation and I thank you... Rangers are proven over and over again in battle. Rangers are glorified in Hollywood movies, but you aren't actors, you are real men who make real sacrifices... [Spc. Gibson's actions..] exemplify and uphold the warrior culture of the Rangers."
~ Adm. Eric Olson, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command On awarding a Silver Star to Spc Gibson, A Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment

"Some people didn't like what he said; some people liked what he said, but everybody listened to George Putnam. That is why he has been one of the most influential commentators of our times."
~ President Richard Nixon of legendary Soldier and Marine and Newsman George Putnam in 1984

"The USSR was defeated by the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s because of the reluctance of the Soviet troops to attack their sanctuaries in the FATA and the NWFP. India has been unable to prevail over cross-border jihadi terrorism because of the reluctance of its leadership to attack their sanctuaries in Pakistani territory. The US is unlikely to prevail over the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan unless it is prepared to destroy their infrastructure in the FATA. Deniable Predator air strikes by the US intelligence agencies on suspected terrorist hide-outs in the FATA have been increasing and some of them have been effective in neutralising well-known Al Qaeda operatives. But air strikes alone will not be able to turn the tide against the jihadis. Effective hit and withdraw raids into the FATA in the form of hot pursuit should be the next step. The longer it is delayed the more will be the bleeding"
~ Extract from B. Raman article of August 22, 2008, titled "Pakistan's Falluja" at Click Here to Read Article

"Speed is fine, but accuracy is final."
Retired Marine Col. Jeff Cooper, legendary marksman.

"Accountants may rule the world of commerce, banking , insurance government ...[But] ..They had little to do with resistance or secret service in the 1940's , and any attempt to draw up a formal profit -and -loss account for SOE's ( Britains WW II Secret Special Operations Excutive organization)effort would be arid indeed...There was defintily more to SOE than can be set out on a balence sheet, or reduced to pounds and dollars , francs and gulden roubles and dinars , drachmae and yen . SOE brought benefits no accountant can measure."
~ M.R.D. Foote "SOE", Pg 249

"Clauswitz remarked, in a cool comment...that ' insurgent actions ' are similar in character to all othersfought by second rate troops: they start out full of vigor and enthusiasm, but there is little level-headedness and tenacity in the long run'."
~ M.R.D. Foote "SOE", Pg 248

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Tactical Tips


Various Methodologies are used to execute an effective ambush here are some key pointers to consider.


Must be carefully coordinated and briefed amongst your unit.

If and when you are commanding Ambush party, When Springing your Ambush, Remember, that as a Leader "Giving the signal " concisely requires concise communication doing so:


1 Never initiate an ambush by shouting 'fire' or 'now' or by firing a flare or an unaimed shot. ANY DELAY CAN BE FATAL!

2 An aimed burst from your own weapon.

3 An aimed burst from your units SAW weapon under your personal supervision.

4 A comman detonated Claymore Mine.

5 In darkness with an absense of NVG trigger the ambus via trip flare and aimed burst from the unit SAW under your control.


Should time allow for it -- Cover all potential escape routes from the kill zone with claymores, AP mines and Booby traps -- Five-gallon gas cans with C-4 are particularly effective at covering a wide area ; the resulting firebal from the vaperised fuel will also help to illuminate the target. These measures constitute the 'Anvil' on which the the small-arms fire and clymores of the killing unit 'Hammer' the enemy.


75th Ranger Regiment Soldier awarded Silver Star

By Staff Sgt. Andrew Kosterman
1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

FORT LEWIS, Wash. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 27, 2008) - What began as a mission to find and eliminate terrorists earlier this year in Iraq ended up being a life-defining moment for one member of 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

Spc. Joe Gibson was on a secret night mission Apr. 26, 2008 when he placed his comrades' lives ahead of his while evacuating wounded American Soldiers and engaging in hand-to-hand combat with a suicide bomber. His actions that day saved the lives of fellow Rangers.

The attention brought from the awarding of the nation's third highest medal for valor makes Gibson feel slightly "uncomfortable," and is quick to point out the achievements of his brothers in arms.

"I am honored to be here with those other guys that got honored," said Gibson following an awards ceremony for members of the unit.


North Korea may already have nuclear warheads: ex-CIA official

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 26, 2008

North Korea has likely mastered the technology for arming its missiles with nuclear warheads, a former US intelligence official said Friday.

"The fact that they have a warhead that's fitable to the Rodong (ballistic missile) is pretty much given," said Arthur Brown, who until 2005 was National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

"We (the United States) went from nothing to missile capable in seven years. The Russians went from their first test to missile capable in six... Why do we think the North Koreans can't have that kind of technology?"

What was unclear was how much uranium and, or, plutonium North Korea possessed and how much they need for each of their weapons, he told a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.


Namibia: Race against time to save ancient Portuguese shipwreck

LISBON (AFP) - All the contents of a 500-year-old Portuguese shipwreck discovered by chance off Namibia will be salvaged by the end of next week, the ministry of culture in Lisbon said Wednesday.

Archaeologists from Portugal, Namibia, the United States and Zimbabwe are working to raise the cargo, which included hundreds of gold coins, before October 10, which Namibian officials said was a deadline imposed by the huge costs involved.

However the Portuguese culture ministry said the deadline had been October 2, because weather conditions were expected to put a stop to work by that date.


The First open source acknowledgement of a covert raid inside Pakistan conducted by U.S. Army Special Forces against Taliban fighters was on September 3, 2008 and is know as the Angoor Ada raid. It was a covert raid within the border town of Angoor Ada in South Waziristan. It was the first time U.S. troops fought a ground-based battle against the Taliban within Pakistani borders

"The USSR was defeated by the Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s because of the reluctance of the Soviet troops to attack their sanctuaries in the FATA and the NWFP. India has been unable to prevail over cross-border jihadi terrorism because of the reluctance of its leadership to attack their sanctuaries in Pakistani territory. The US is unlikely to prevail over the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan unless it is prepared to destroy their infrastructure in the FATA. Deniable Predator air strikes by the US intelligence agencies on suspected terrorist hide-outs in the FATA have been increasing and some of them have been effective in neutralising well-known Al Qaeda operatives. But air strikes alone will not be able to turn the tide against the jihadis. Effective hit and withdraw raids into the FATA in the form of hot pursuit should be the next step. The longer it is delayed the more will be the bleeding"


German commandos arrest two terror suspects on aircraft: police

BERLIN (AFP) - German police commandos arrested two Somali-born terror suspects on a KLM aircraft Friday who media reports said had links to a group behind a foiled 2007 plot to attack US interests.

Security forces boarded the Amsterdam-bound plane with 48 passengers on board at Cologne-Bonn at 6:55 am (0455 GMT) and took a 23-year-old Somali and a 24-year-old German citizen of Somali origin into custody, police spokesman Frank Scheulen said.

He indicated that the two men had left notes in their apartments -- they lived in the area -- saying they were prepared to die in "holy war" and that they had been under police surveillance for several months. The two men were not named.


Ship named for 1st black diver launches

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Sep 19, 2008 8:33:54 EDT

NORFOLK, Va. - The pioneering Navy diver who inspired the movie "Men of Honor" will be honored with a ship bearing his name.

The Navy says the ship, which will deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other dry cargo to ships at sea, will be launched Thursday in San Diego.

Brashear was the first black Navy diver. He was portrayed in the 2000 movie by Cuba Gooding Jr.

After losing a leg during a salvage operation, he also became the first Navy diver to be restored to full active duty as an amputee. He retired as a master chief after 31 years of service in 1979.

Brashear died in 2006 at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center.


Spec ops raids into Pakistan halted

By Sean D. Naylor - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 29, 2008 12:28:55 EDT

U.S. special operations forces have paused ground operations in Pakistan's tribal areas, but military and civilian government officials differ over why the cross-border raids have been halted.

The issue of U.S. raids into the tribal areas was thrust into the international spotlight by a Sept. 3 raid in Angor Adda, in the South Waziristan tribal agency, by Navy SEALs working for a Joint Special Operations Command task force. (JSOC is the secretive military organization that oversees the military's special mission units such as the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment–Delta and the Navy's Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DevGru, also known as SEAL Team 6.)

"We have shown a willingness starting this year to pursue those kinds of missions," said a Pentagon official. However, he said, after temporarily granting JSOC greater latitude to conduct cross-border missions, U.S. leaders had decided to again restrain the command, at least as far as raids using ground troops are concerned, to allow Pakistani forces to press home their attacks on militants in the tribal areas.


U.S. Special Forces Strike In Pakistan

(CBS/AP) This story was written by CBS News' Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad, Sami Yousafzai in Peshawar, and's Tucker Reals in London.

Pakistan's top security officials on Wednesday were searching for clues that a "moderately important terrorist target" may have been hit when U.S. and/or NATO forces attacked three houses in a remote part of the country's border region with Afghanistan.

As many as 15 people were killed in the early morning strike Wednesday.

This was a commando raid by U.S. special operations forces - the first known use of ground troops inside Pakistan - in an attempt to kill or capture a high value target, reported CBS News national security correspondent David Martin. Until Wednesday, all known attempts to kill terrorist leaders operating out of Pakistan had been conducted by unmanned drones.


Navy: Shipping companies must tackle piracy

By Barbara Surk - The Associated Press
Posted : Thursday Sep 25, 2008 6:29:20 EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The international shipping industry must take on more responsibility to protect vessels against pirate attacks and kidnappings in the dangerous Gulf waters rather than rely on the Navy, the commander of 5th Fleet warned Monday.

Vice Adm. Bill Gortney said the U.S.-led coalition patrolling the Gulf of Aden simply doesn't "have the resources to provide 24-hour protection" for hundreds of commercial vessels passing through daily.

Gortney's comments come as heavily armed pirates increasingly stalk the seas off the coast of Somalia. Drug smuggling and kidnappings for ransom have increased despite heavy presence of U.S. warships and patrol boats in the area.

A statement Monday from the 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain quotes Gortney as saying that shipping companies "must take measures to defend their vessels and crews." Gortney also suggested they consider hiring security teams for ships.


US surrounds hijacked cargo ship off Somali coast

Fears vessel could pose terrorist threat

By Edmund Sanders
Los Angeles Times / September 30, 2008

NAIROBI - As additional US warships and helicopters gathered around a hijacked Ukrainian ship off the coast of Somalia yesterday, questions persisted about where the vessel's military cargo was destined and whether it posed a terrorist threat.

Some US officials fear the cargo aboard the MV Faina, which was seized by pirates Thursday, could end up in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked militants in Somalia if the pirates are allowed to escape. Somalia is seen as a key battleground in the war on terrorism in the region, which includes the Gulf of Aden, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

The governments of Kenya and Ukraine say the shipment of 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks, ammunition, and spare parts was part of a legal sale contracted last year to supply the Kenyan Army, according to representatives of both nations.


Somali pirates want $20M ship ransom; crewman dies

By MOHAMED OLAD HASSAN, Associated Press Writer
Sun Sep 28, 2:03 PM ET

MOGADISHU, Somalia - As a heavily armed U.S. destroyer patrolled nearby and planes flew overhead Sunday, a Somali pirate spokesman told The Associated Press his group was demanding a $20 million ransom to release a cargo ship loaded with Russian tanks.

The spokesman also warned that the pirates would fight to the death if any country tried military action to regain the ship, and a man who said he was the ship's captain reported that one crew member had died.

Pirates seized the Ukrainian-operated ship Faina off the coast of Somalia on Thursday as it headed to Kenya carrying 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks and a substantial amount of ammunition and spare parts. The ordnance was ordered by the Kenyan government.

The guided missile destroyer USS Howard was stationed off the Somali coast on Sunday, making sure that the pirates did not remove the tanks, ammunition and other heavy weapons from the ship, which was anchored off the coast.


Somali pirates say they will fight commando raid


MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Somali pirates on a hijacked cargo ship holding battle tanks and hostages said Thursday that they were ready to battle any commando-style rescue attempt.

The warning came a day after the Somali government gave foreign powers a blank check for using force against the pirates, while U.S. warships continued to circle nearby and a Russian frigate headed toward the standoff.

"Anyone who tries to attack us or deceive us will face bad repercussions," the pirates' spokesman, Sugule Ali, told The Associated Press by satellite telephone from the Ukrainian ship MV Faina.

Ali sounded calm and relaxed despite being surrounded by a half dozen U.S. Navy vessels and buzzed by American helicopters.

Navy officials decline to comment on the possible use of force, but they warn the pirates against harming the 20 crew members or trying to unload the ship's cargo of 33 Soviet-designed T-72 tanks and other weapons. They make clear they won't allow the arms to fall into the hands of an al-Qaida-linked Islamic movement that is battling Somalia's government.


San Diego Boater Involved in Standoff With Mexican Navy

By: Jack Innis | Thursday, August 07, 2008 12:00:00 AM

U.S. Coast Guard sends helicopter, cutter to support San Diego sportfisher tangled in tuna pen.

SAN DIEGO — The owner of a San Diego-based sportfishing boat found himself in the middle of what he calls a "Mexican standoff" with federal authorities July 19 in international waters 30 miles off Ensenada, Mexico.

The incident began at approximately 3:30 a.m. when the 48-foot Viking Señor Hefe collided with a floating tuna pen under tow approximately 30 miles off Ensenada. Floating pens are used in aqua farming to help grow young tuna, among other species, for market.

Señor Hefe's forward momentum took it over a 3-foot-high bar and other materials that comprise the pen's circumference. Tuna nets and lines quickly ensnared the sportfisher's propellers, shafts and rudders. The engines shut down, and it quickly became clear that the boat's underpinnings were damaged. Although not in danger of sinking, Señor Hefe was stuck inside the 150-foot-diameter net.


'Hybrid' sailors drive LCS anti-sub module

By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Sep 28, 2008 9:22:41 EDT

SAN DIEGO - The gray-hulled boat cut a clean line along San Diego Bay, zipping by small sailboats, lingering at times as its onboard systems scanned the surface and below.

Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SW) Benjamin Jett was driving the boat, but he wasn't aboard. Instead, he was sitting at a computer console inside a portable container.

It was part of a Sept. 18 demonstration at Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., a day before the rollout of the antisubmarine warfare mission module to be used on littoral combat ships.

The ASW module includes a pair of robot boats that operate on the surface as sonar platforms, along with a robot submarine that carries its own sensors. An LCS also will use its unmanned helicopter, the Fire Scout, and a human-piloted MH-60R Seahawk helicopter to track and attack enemy submarines. The Navy previously rolled out anti-surface and anti-mine modules for the ship, which is expected to deploy in four years.


Army to Test Air Burst Weapon for Joes

September 26, 2008|by Christian Lowe

For once it seems the Army is actually turning fiction into science.

After nearly a decade in the shadows -- with billions spent on earlier versions long since abandoned -- the Army is moving quickly to field a revolutionary new weapon to Joes a lot sooner than anyone had ever imagined.

It's a weapon that can take out a bad guy behind a wall, beyond a hill or below a trench, and do it more accurately and with less collateral damage than anything on the battlefield today, officials say. It's called the XM25 Individual Air Burst Weapon, and by next month the service will have three prototypes of the precision-guided 25mm rifle ready for testing.


French monument honors Navy for D-Day role

The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Sep 29, 2008 8:33:03 EDT

SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT, France - The Navy was honored Saturday for its key role in the massive amphibious wartime invasion that helped propel the Allies to victory in World War II.

Hundreds of uniformed American sailors and French well-wishers - as well as a few Navy veterans of the war - joined U.S. and French officials on Utah Beach for the inauguration of Normandy's first monument honoring the sacrifices of U.S. sailors in the conflict against Nazi Germany.

Utah was one of five landing beaches code-named for the invasion.

The U.S. Navy Monument at Normandy features a 12-foot bronze statue of a Navy captain and two sailors overlooking the beach - where a 5,000-vessel armada landed on June 6, 1944, and unleashed some 156,000 soldiers, mostly Americans, British and Canadians, in a massive assault known as D-Day.


The Pentagon's new Africa command raises suspicions about U.S. motives

By Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers
Mon Sep 29, 1:53 PM ET

NAIROBI, Kenya - The U.S. Africa Command, the Pentagon's first effort to unite its counterterrorism, training and humanitarian operations on the continent, launches Wednesday amid questions at home about its mission and deep suspicions in Africa about its intentions.

U.S. officials have billed the new command, known as Africom, as a sign of Africa's strategic importance, but many in Africa see it as an unwelcome expansion of the U.S.-led war on terrorism and a bid to secure greater access to the continent's vast oil resources. Several countries have refused to host the command, and officials say Africom will be based in Stuttgart, Germany , for the foreseeable future.

U.S.-based aid groups and some in Congress have expressed worries that Africom will tilt U.S policy in Africa away from democracy-building and economic development and toward security objectives such as stemming the growth of militant Islamist groups in Somalia and North Africa , some of which have ties to al Qaida .


Why The Gun In Civilization?

Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)
"An armed society is a polite society."

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.

If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.


Army solicits industry for M4 replacement

Request is first step toward competition for new carbine

By Matthew Cox - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 30, 2008 8:58:10 EDT

Army weapons officials want to see what gun companies, big and small, have to offer as a possible replacement for the M4 carbine.

Officials with Project Manager for Soldier Weapons put out a recent solicitation to the small-arms industry, seeking "the state of the art in small arms technologies" for soldiers, according to documents.

The "request for information" is the first step toward a carbine competition the Army intends to open next year after Colt Defense LLC, the company that makes the M4, turns over the weapon's technical data rights in June 2009.

"We want to make sure we know what's out there" said Col. Douglas Tamilio, who runs PM Soldier Weapons. "The door is wide open for any type of system."


Childhood friends grow up to be SEALs

One street in North Dakota town produces two elite warriors

By Ryan Bakken - Grand Forks Herald via AP

CAVALIER, N.D. - Meredith Clark blew into a bugle to alert his son and his boyhood friends that it was time to go home.

The bugling was needed because son Tony and pals often were playing in the woods that surround the housing development on the town's northeastern edge. Use of the bugle also proved to be a symbolic omen.

Tony Clark, 29, is now answering reveille as a member of the elite Navy SEALs. So is one of his boyhood pals, Devon Grube, 27, who lived four doors down.

The two Navy SEALs grew up on Cavalier's Oakview Drive.


Photo from AP Photo by Lee Jin-man

2 weeks ago: South Korean Special Army soldiers parachute down during a rehearsal for the 60th anniversary of Armed Forces Day at Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008. South Korea will celebrate the 60th Armed Forces Day on Oct. 1.


From Richmond Times-Dispatch

Monday, July 7, 2008

Dear Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Each year I get to celebrate Independence Day twice. On June 30 I celebrate my independence day, and on July 4 I celebrate America's. This year is special, because it marks the 40th anniversary of my independence.

On June 30, 1968, I escaped Communist Cuba, and a few months later, I was in the United States to stay. That I happened to arrive in Richmond on Thanksgiving Day is just part of the story, but I digress.

I've thought a lot about the anniversary this year. The election-year rhetoric has made me think a lot about Cuba and what transpired there. In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, so when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive.

When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said, 'Praise the Lord.' And when the young leader said, 'I will be for change and I'll bring you change,' everyone yelled, 'Viva Fidel!'

But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner's guns went silent, the people's guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education, it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him. By the time the change was finally implemented, Cuba had been knocked down a couple of notches to Third-World status. By the time the change was over, more than a million people had taken to boats, rafts, and inner tubes. You can call those who made it ashore anywhere else in the world the most fortunate Cubans. And now I'm back to the beginning of my story.

Luckily, we in America would never fall for a young leader who promised change without asking, what change? How will you carry it out? What will it cost America?

Would we?

Manuel Alvarez, Jr.

Politicians and Their Shifting Views

Someone did some homework and looked back to see what people said years ago 1998 onward about the WMD and the war and now recanting - Take 3 minutes to view this video and then send the link around the world - View it full screen so you can see the names and dates (should anyone not know who they are)...

The most despicable acts of deceit ongoing in this country... are the lies and hypocrisy... perpetrated by the people seen in this short video. The next time you hear the expression 'Bush ' s war' remember this video. And note that there is no 'opinion,' just direct video.

Turn up the Volume!

A Bit of U.S. Naval History

The U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers!).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, 'On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.'

Her mission: 'To destroy and harass English shipping.'

Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland . Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U.S.S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February, 1799 , with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.


Lesson for Life

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told her boyfriend, "If I could only see the world, I will marry you."

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off, she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her,'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: '"Take good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were mine."

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in the most painful situations.

Life Is a Gift

Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't speak.

Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone who has nothing to eat.

Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone who's crying out to GOD for a companion.

Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too early to heaven.

Before you complain about your children - Think of someone who desires children but they're barren.

Before you argue about your dirty house someone didn't clean or sweep - Think of the people who are living in the streets.

Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.

And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job.

But before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us is without sin.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on your face and think: you're alive and still around.

A Little Gun History Lesson

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. >From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated


China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million 'educated' people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.


Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.


It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results are now in:

Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2 percent

Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6 percent

Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!

In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns!

It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too!

While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.

With Guns...........We Are "Citizens".

Without Them........We Are "Subjects".

During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED !

Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard U 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor & our Army had been deprived of funding & was ill prepared to defend the country.

It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. & knew that almost all households had guns.

If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all your friends!

Always Remember

MoH sailor who rescued 15 airmen dies

By Jon Gambrell - The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Sep 12, 2008 7:07:16 EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Nathan Green Gordon, a former Arkansas lieutenant governor whose under-fire rescue of 15 downed airmen in World War II earned him the Medal of Honor, has died. He was 92.

Gordon died Monday night at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science hospital in Little Rock while being treated for pneumonia and other ailments, nephew Allen Gordon said. Though becoming forgetful with age, Gordon continued to charm and debate the news with those who spoke with him, his nephew said.

Family members said Gordon didn't speak much about his service as a Navy pilot during World War II, fighting across the Pacific Theater in a Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat, a large plane no faster than a high-powered automobile. However, until his final days, he would tell anyone who asked about the rescue mission in the Bismarck Sea that brought him national acclaim, his nephew said.

"He would always tear up," Allen Gordon said.


George Putnam, Army Grunt, Marine Officer, longtime L.A. newsman, and last of the late great ultra conservative democrats dies at 94

By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 13, 2008

George Putnam, the pioneer television news anchorman and conservative commentator whose distinctive stentorian voice was a mainstay of Southern California broadcasting for decades, has died. He was 94.

Putnam, who had been suffering from a kidney ailment since December, died early Friday morning at Chino Valley Medical Center, said Chuck Wilder, Putnam's cohost, producer and announcer.

Beginning at KTTV Channel 11 in the early 1950s, Putnam quickly became a dominant and influential force in Los Angeles TV news. The winner of three Emmy Awards, he reportedly at one time was the highest-rated and highest-paid TV news anchor in Los Angeles.

"George Putnam established the template, the prototype of the local news anchorman that everyone came to accept -- the deep voice, the carefully groomed hair, the friendly I'm-talking-directly-to-you-and-no-one-else presentation," Joe Saltzman, a USC journalism professor, said Friday via e-mail.


Case closed: The Rosenbergs were Soviet spies

By Ronald Radosh
September 17, 2008

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago, on June 19, 1953. But last week, they were back in the headlines when Morton Sobell, the co-defendant in their famous espionage trial, finally admitted that he and his friend, Julius, had both been Soviet agents.

It was a stunning admission; Sobell, now 91 years old, had adamantly maintained his innocence for more than half a century. After his comments were published, even the Rosenbergs' children, Robert and Michael Meeropol, were left with little hope to hang on to -- and this week, in comments unlike any they've made previously, the brothers acknowledged having reached the difficult conclusion that their father was, indeed, a spy. "I don't have any reason to doubt Morty," Michael Meeropol told Sam Roberts of the New York Times.

With these latest events, the end has arrived for the legions of the American left wing that have argued relentlessly for more than half a century that the Rosenbergs were victims, framed by a hostile, fear-mongering U.S. government. Since the couple's trial, the left has portrayed them as martyrs for civil liberties, righteous dissenters whose chief crime was to express their constitutionally protected political beliefs. In the end, the left has argued, the two communists were put to death not for spying but for their unpopular opinions, at a time when the Truman and Eisenhower administrations were seeking to stem opposition to their anti-Soviet foreign policy during the Cold War.

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