A Nightmare’s Prayer

A Memoir I highly recommend “A Nightmare’s Prayer” by Mike Franzak. It is a wonderful memoir of the early days of the Afghanistan campaign. You get the feeling you are with him as you go through the deployment from Yuma, AZ to Bagram. I was shocked to learn that the Harrier aircraft cannot take off… Continue reading A Nightmare’s Prayer

Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot’s Story

A Great Story Wow! This is one well-written book. The story is well told. The book is surprisingly interesting exceeding my expectations. Flying Airplanes From Half a World Away My thought going in is a book about flying remote control airplanes from half a world away? No way this could be interesting. What I found… Continue reading Predator: The Remote-Control Air War Over Iraq and Afghanistan: A Pilot’s Story

Exit Plan by Mike Sixsmith

It took me a several chapters to get into “Exit Plan” by Mike Sixsmith. My ignorance of Arab names, customs and the geography became apparent when I started reading the book. This contributed to my original lack of understanding of what was taking place and my difficulty of initially getting into the book.  I am… Continue reading Exit Plan by Mike Sixsmith

Poem: All Across The United States

All Across The United States “Why are we still over there?” I asked the Commander-in-Chief. “Why are still in Afghanistan? With Osama bin Laden dead,” The Media worship our Leader. While the FOX waits for him to slip. “I want truthful answers, No more straddling the fence, The political jargon has to go, I need… Continue reading Poem: All Across The United States

Poem: War is Not Far

War is Not Fair Do not mourn, soldier, for war is not fair. A large IED is planted by the roadside. It waits patiently for a Humvee or a Bradley. Caring not who is inside or whose life will be destroyed. It cares not that you are there as a volunteer trying to give them… Continue reading Poem: War is Not Far

Into the Viper’s Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War by Stephen Grey

“Into the Viper’s Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War” by Stephen Grey is the story of American and Afghan forces cooperation in dealing with the Taliban stronghold on southern Afghanistan. It details the vivid three-day battle for the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala. The battle started on 7 December 2007 This is… Continue reading Into the Viper’s Nest: The First Pivotal Battle of the Afghan War by Stephen Grey