Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’

What Future Anthropologists will Say about Us

August 26th, 2014

By James G. Zumwalt Recent news stories reveal a frightening theme emerging. In Iraq and Syria, Islamic terrorist group ISIS expands its borders, unleashing brutality upon its fellow Muslims to “purify” the region of opponents. Undeterred by world opinion or the same political correctness (PC) Islam’s defenders in the U.S. raise to prevent rational discussions

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Iraq: What Could Have Been

July 22nd, 2014

By James Zumwalt In the aftermath of the ISIS advance through Iraq and into Syria, the question has been raised in the media as to whether the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq would have made a difference in stopping such a determined enemy or just delayed the eventuality of its ultimate success. That question

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Mosques — Smiling dens of iniquity?

October 17th, 2013

By JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Oct. 15 (UPI) — It is ironically appropriate to apply an old biblical term “den of iniquity” to mosques as the New York City Police Department has been doing for some Islamic centers there. Originally meaning “a thieves’ lair,” today the term suggests a center of

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Muslim chutzpah

July 10th, 2013

HERNDON, Va., July 9 (UPI) — Only the Hebrew word “chutzpah” appropriately describes it but a recent demand of the Vatican by Egypt’s senior Sunni cleric Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb screams for its use. To better understand why, a brief history of recent Muslim/Catholic relations is necessary. In 2006, ties between Muslims and

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Military Trials in the Spotlight

June 17th, 2013

by LT. COLONEL JAMES G. ZUMWALT, USMC (RET) June 17, 2013 Within a 48 hour period this month, legal proceedings against three high-profile military defendants simultaneously entered center stage. June 3rd: The court-martial of Army PFC Bradley Manning began for his involvement in the largest leak of U.S. classified information in history. He is being prosecuted

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What Obama can learn from Saddam Hussein

January 23rd, 2013

JAMES ZUMWALT || UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., Jan. 22 (UPI) — Having met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington to work out the post-2014 mission for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, U.S. President Barack Obama could learn a lesson from the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In September 1980, Saddam attacked Iran but

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James Zumwalt gives keynote address at the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Ronald Reagan Library

November 14th, 2012

James Zumwalt speaks about the need to support veterans returning from the war on terrorism during his keynote address at the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Ronald Reagan Library.

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Afghan Sanduskys: Pentagon sees no evil?

November 6th, 2012

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 30 (UPI) — HERNDON, Va., Oct. 30 (UPI) — In 2011, the United States was shocked to learn of the Penn State University child molestation case involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. How could a serial child sex offender function for so long under the umbrella of one of the most storied

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Paying a price for leadership

April 11th, 2012

The U.S. military thrives on leadership that never hesitates to take the initiative but the case of Capt. Roger Hill may be giving future warriors pause. HERNDON, Va., April 10 (UPI) — What would you have done? By JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator Published: April 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM Delta Company occupied a forward

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Keeping the ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ at bay

March 23rd, 2012

Published: March. 23, 2012 at 7:06 AM By JAMES ZUMWALT UPI Outside View Commentator HERNDON, Va., March 23 (UPI) — The early morning sky was clear. The bright moon directly overhead made it difficult for the U.S. Army Special Forces unit to stay within the shadows cast by houses along the street of the quiet

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