SAC Museum Patriots Day Ceremony

Thanks to Mark Strehle, Curator of the SAC Museum for showing me around some of the vintage aircraft.  The World War II Aircrews were a special breed. Well worth the trip. #SACMuseum

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SAC Museum 9/11 Patriots Day Ceremony

Thanks to the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum and its Director, Dr Mike McGinnis, for inviting me to speak at their 9/11 Patriots Day Ceremony.  The Color Guard from the Ashland, NE Post 77 American Legion was outstanding, as well as the singing of #Jimmy Weber. http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/i-see-america-stronger-than-ever-hundreds-gather-to-remember/article_d6bc50cc-9706-11e7-83e2-9b7889588e61.html  

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Meeting an American Hero

Had the opportunity to meet with General David Petraeus and talk about Ramadi, the Iraq War and what the future will bring.  He is a true gentlemen.

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Cavuto Coast to Coast

Thanks to Fox Business for having me on Cavuto Coast to Coast today.  There is a lot of anxiety over North Korea, but we are still a long way from a shooting war.  What we do know is appeasement is not working in stopping North Korea’s goal of gaining a nuclear capability that can reach the U.S., nor is Strategic Patience (kicking the can down the road and hoping for the best) until the day that actually can strike the U.S.. North Korea on the other hand has made some outrageous statements, but that is just talk, they have not …

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Melbourne Air Show conducts Show of Force

The Thunderbirds, the  Patrouille De France, and a pair of F-35s have been screaming over my house preparing for the Melbourne Air Show this weekend. I am now 100% convinced that I should have called in a lot more “Show of Force” missions in Ramadi.

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Three Ideas to Consider in Defeating ISIS

First Published in The Cipher Brief 28 Feb 2017 https://www.thecipherbrief.com/article/middle-east/three-ideas-consider-defeating-isis-1089 After a 30 day review, the Department of Defense has delivered to the White House a preliminary plan to defeat ISIS.  While this is an admirable goal, defeating ISIS will only be a short-term fix to the problem of Islamic terrorism, just as defeating Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) only saw it reconstituted and return with a vengeance as ISIS.  Here are a few considerations based on what worked in the development of the 2006 Anbar Awakening—the Sunni Sheik led alliance with Coalition forces that fostered the defeat of AQI, …

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Taking back Mosul will not stop the terrorist.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/world/middleeast/baghdad-car-bomb.html?mwrsm=Facebook&_r=0 The bombings across Baghdad will only continue until a representative government is formed in Iraq

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Foreign Policy Guest Article 21 June 2016

  Jihadis proclaim a caliphate! Can the terrorists be defeated? Anbar province is in ruins! These headlines from 10 years ago could easily appear today. As a battalion commander in Anbar’s provincial capital of Ramadi at the beginning of what would become known as the Anbar Awakening, I was on the front lines of the last fight against Sunni jihadis — and saw firsthand what it took to defeat al Qaeda in Iraq. Iraq desperately needs to relearn the lessons from that era to win its war against the Islamic State. Today, Ramadi lies in ruins after a combination of …

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New Review in Army Magazine!!!

Ramadi Declassified: A Roadmap to Peace in the Most Dangerous City in Iraq. Col. Anthony E. Deane, USA Ret., with Douglas Niles. Praetorian Books. 432 pages. $28.99 By Lt. Col. James Jay Carafano, U.S. Army retired Other than being shot at, there is no better way to prepare for war than reading a good book. Ramadi Declassified is one of them. Written by retired Col. Anthony E. Deane, this book chronicles the then-lieutenant colonel’s combat tour commanding Task Force Conqueror (1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment) during the height of the uprising in the Sunni Triangle. Deane was a career armor …

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The Anbar Awakening

Ten years ago today, the War in Iraq was considered lost. Coalition casualties were mounting across Iraq, Baghdad was embroiled in a battle that laid somewhere between civil war and ethnic cleansing, and a secret assessment by the Marine Expeditionary Force that Anbar province was lost was the lead story on every media outlet worldwide. A two weeks earlier, when I arrived at Sheik Sattar Abu Risha house, I could sense something was different. I had spent a lot of time over the previous four months with the colorful, chrome .45-packing Sheik. He and his family were instrumental in the …

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