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MORE FROM SPRINGFIELD’S XD PISTOL

Not many pistols can be labeled an overnight success as Springfield’s XD. While more than a few raised an eyebrow at the post Cold War Croatian 9mm creation when it was first imported, I bought one of the first ones and was amazed with its performance.

WHY MERCENARIES SURVIVE AND THRIVE

A NEW ERA: MERCS IN IRAQ

COMMAND GUIDANCE

NEED A DEFINITION FOR OBAMA’S CALL FOR “RESPONSIBILITY”

Amid the orderly transfer of power, our new Chief Executive has issued a call for responsibility. As is the case with most of his public statements, his meaning is not clear. However, if he means holding government officials accountable for their actions, a novel and great idea, it is something that we can all embrace.

FLAK

THE BLAME FOR VIETNAM

When I came home from Vietnam, I was looking for someone to blame for not allowing us to win the war like we could have easily done, as it sure wasn’t the 18–21 year old soldiers’ fault by any means!

FLAK: PKK THUGS?

In your January 2009 issue, you noted (page 60) the existence of "PKK thugs." Some would declare that the real thugs are the leaders of the Turkish government who deny the reality of the Kurdish people, calling them "Mountain Turks" and doing all that is possible to crush their independent culture in a way different from Saddam Hussein only in degree.

FLAK: LESSONS FROM MUMBAI

When they make the movie about the Mumbai attacks, one can only wonder what the title will be.

BULLETIN BOARD

ANTI-GUNNERS ATTACK!

If you want to see just how encouraged the anti-gunners are, take a look at some of the recent events in relation to the new rule on right-to-carry in national parks:

COMMON SENSE: THE CENTRAL FRONT

Please be advised that this was written just before the inauguration.

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