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A STRATEGIC QUAGMIRE AND A BLACK HOLE

We met with Lt. Col Ralph Peters, USA (Ret.), Fox news strategic analyst and New York Post columnist in Washington, D.C. for a face to face since some of his columns have been reprinted in Soldier of Fortune.

MASS MURDER AT FORT HOOD

As an officer in the United States Army, I’m angry for so many reasons over what happened at Ft Hood. I’m angry that twelve of my fellow soldiers and a contractor were murdered. I’m angry that over thirty people have suffered life-altering injuries from which they will never fully recover. I’m angry that the lives of so many families have been forever ruined. I’m angry that this happened on an Army post on American soil where soldiers should be safe.

A MERC’S LAST HURRAH

The Cold War years were the days of the mercs, of their wild and lawless adventures in Africa and across the globe in the proxy war playgrounds of the superpowers. In 2004, a legendary British merc who was heavily involved in African exploits during the Cold War attempted to recapture the excitement of those years. The clever, well-educated Simon Mann had captured the imagination of adventure seekers and had amassed fortunes through his exploits.

PRIVATE MILITARY COMPANIES

Companies such as Executive Outcomes (EO), and other private military companies (PMCs) that followed in our tracks, would never have been able to operate across the world if the international community and the UN in particular had taken decisive action in so-called trouble spots or flash points. Time and time again, the UN blue-helmeted peacekeeping forces proved themselves incapable of doing the job.

THINK FORFEITURE

Does anyone recall a minor flap a few years ago when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was giving away utility tools with the legend “Think Forfeiture.” The story lasted for only a short while in a few magazines and was published on numerous web sites. The breadth, scope and cost of this gift program were never revealed, nor the intended purpose. The feature of the story, what got the attention of most people, was that ATF was thinking forfeiture.

COP TALK: SHOOTING AT VEHICLES

In the history of American law enforcement, and certainly law enforcement in general, with the introduction of firearms, it was universally accepted to fire projectiles at suspects fleeing from authorities. This tradition continued for centuries. In the beginning, the fleeing consisted of beating feet, either one’s own or those of a horse or other animal. Back then, in addition to different mores, there were fewer people and, of course, no automobiles.

WEAPONS OF THE FREEDOM GROUP

I’ve always been a believer in shooting OPA—other people’s ammo—whenever possible, especially in this day and age of ammo scarcity. (Thank you NoBama.)