I have been moving around Latin America for 20 years as a Marine Corps officer and private consultant to congressional investigative teams targeting Latin and South America. Recently, I was sitting in a bar in Miami International Airport and I was shocked to hear Secretary of State (SOS) Hillary Rodham Clinton in a televised broadcast declare, in no uncertain terms, that our country was solely responsible for arming the bad actors in the drug war "below the border.”
SOF editors recently sat down and interviewed adventure author and Vietnam Green Beret veteran Don Bendell of Florence, Colorado. A former Special Forces captain, Don served in the top secret Phoenix Program in Vietnam. He was the executive officer and civil affairs/psychological operations officer of ODA-242 Dak Pek with the 5th SF Group in 1968 and 1969 until he was medically evacuated to Japan and eventually Fort Bragg.
When Mr. L. James Sullivan designed a smaller version of Eugene Stoner’s AR-10 rifle to start the AR-15 on its long, infamous life, the M1913 rail (informally referred to as the “Picatinny” rail) did not exist. While firearms designed after 1991 have had the potential of being conceived with the M1913 rail system in mind, the AR-15, like a number of 20th century rifles, had to play catch-up.
This Memorial Day, as we remember the military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, we should also note that many of our bravest troops are suffering a terrible injustice today at the hands of their own government.
The following was sent by a SOF reader in response to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s letter to Al Sharpton about his plans to protest Arpaio’s enforcement of immigration laws in Maricopa County, Arizona.
It is said that there are two kinds of lawyers: those who know the law and those who know the judge. And then there is Harold Koh, the man who is likely to be the next legal adviser to the State Department. Koh most recently served as dean of the Yale Law School and before that as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Clinton administration. He is a prolific author and a legal activist of the left.
Staff Sgt. Lincoln V. Dockery said he didn’t even see the grenade that sent shrapnel into his right forearm while charging insurgent fighters in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, 16 November, 2007. “Someone yelled out, and I looked up and saw it coming. My hand went up and a hot, sharp feeling went through it,” he said.