Archives for March 2003

Cool Toys

Mail Call on the History Channel is an enjoyable look at the military arts, and it’s more entertaining as the host is (Honorary) Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, USMC (Ret.) I have enjoyed his movies, first recalling him in a modestly forgettable film, ‘Purple Hearts’.

He has a doll, er, action figure, and it speaks! But, beware:

ATTENTION: Due to the sharp points and small pieces this toy contains as well as the blunt honesty (motivational but ROUGH language) of the sound chip, this toy is recommended for those 12 and older.

Strangely enough, neither the Yahoo or Rotten Tomatoes filmographies mention Purple Hearts, but the Purple Hearts site does. Odd.

via R[Winters]MD

Update: added the ‘Honorary’, as he was a SSGT when he left the UMC after 10 years’ service due to wounds sustained in Vietnam. His bio on his website has more information. He DOES sound like a Gunny.

The Pentagon’s New Map

Ever feel like the war on Iraq is just Round One? Now I know I’m not alone, and I have a lecturer at the Naval War College to spell it out for me:

LET ME TELL YOU why military engagement with Saddam Hussein’s regime in Baghdad is not only necessary and inevitable, but good.

When the United States finally goes to war again in the Persian Gulf, it will not constitute a settling of old scores, or just an enforced disarmament of illegal weapons, or a distraction in the war on terror. Our next war in the Gulf will mark a historical tipping point: the moment when Washington takes real ownership of strategic security in the age of globalization.

It’s a terrific read, and his evaluation of specific countries at the bottom of the page is not to miss.

via LGF

Turkey Joke

I like our president, but think he’d like a good joke:

Following the vote by Turkey not to allow US troops to enter their country, President Bush is considering cancelling Thanksgiving.

Yeah, I know, but it made me laugh out loud. I have no idea who did this one first, I’ll give attribution when notified.

Real GruntDocs: I Salute You

Two of the excellent Battalion Surgeons I was privileged to serve with stayed in the Navy, and have completed their residencies, in Emergency Medicine and Orthopedics, respectively. They’re about to go somewhere over there to care for our troops, and their patients could not ask for better physicians. I’m going to leave them and their unit(s) anonymous, for now, because I’m hoping to put up their experiences here, either as guest bloggers or from their emails.

Best of luck, fellas, and this is your forum, to speak to the 9 people who read this, about whatever.