Was It Worth It?

Last week, I had the chance to speak with a reporter from the French publication Le Point. We discussed the crisis unfolding in Kabul, and how my experiences in the Marines and in Afghanistan have shaped my opinions about what’s going on currently. You can check it out here if you like, it’s in French …

I Lost My War

If you’ve paid any attentions to the news this weekend, you saw that the Taliban have overrun Kabul. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is in exile, rumored to be hiding in Uzbekistan. Chaos reigned at the Kabul airport as thousands of Afghans tried to flee the country. The American war in Afghanistan, my war, is over. …

Movie Review: The 11th Order

To be especially watchful at night and during the times for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority. – the Marine Corps’ 11th General Order of the Sentry Yesterday I watched a short film on YouTube right here, it was called The …

Afghanistan: A Grunt’s Eye View

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a reporter from Reuters about my experiences in Afghanistan and my thoughts on the current withdrawal process, and they included me in their feature piece. You can check it out here. Basically, I think this is long overdue. As the war wound on and on and on, …

Book Review: “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini

Buckle up, this is gonna be a long review. “The Kite Runner” is a book written by an Afghan about Afghanistan, and I’ll tell you why thatvmade this such a great read for me. Once upon a time, yours truly was an infantry Marine. I deployed to Afghanistan twice, specifically to Helmand Province, near the …

Book Review: Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden

This is one of the best military books out there. On October 3-4, 1993, a handful of Rangers and SFOD-D (Delta Force) operators were stranded in a city that was almost entirely hostile and armed, and they had to fight their way out. While technically a victory for American forces (16 men were killed, while …

Bilbo Baggins: Was He TOO Lucky?

In honor of J.R.R. Tolkien’s birthday, I’m reposting some old Tolkien-related posts. Enjoy! If there’s a flaw to be found in the timeless masterpiece of high fantasy that is The Hobbit, it’s Bilbo’s dumb luck. Time and time again, Bilbo is saved or does the saving with nothing but a stroke of good fortune. And …

Remembering 9/11, and Lessons Learned

19 years ago, to this very minute, a plane full of innocent people was rammed into one of the World Trade Center towers. A senseless massacre that killed thousands of Americans and sparked two wars in the Middle East, one could say the 9/11 terror attacks are on par with the assassination of Franz Ferdinand …

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