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April 26, 2005

News around the Army

GEN Cody has strong words for his audience. I wonder how it will play in Peoria?

"Peace will be the exception for the United States Army. War will be the norm," said Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff and himself an aviator.

He also echoed the sentiments or President Bush, who has said that the spread of democracy is the mission of the age.

"The call of the Founding Fathers has become the cause of our time," he said.

Read the whole thing here.

"War will be the Norm" Heh. If they have the memory, I suspect the Dems will be running with that one. And if the Republicans can't find themselves some leaders - I think the Dems will stage a small come-back in Congress. Way too early to tell for the Presidency. I just hope the Republicans are learning all the lessons in how not to let a party with a majority get much of it's agenda passed, but with Senate Republicans, I'm not very confident. Moving on...

If war is going to be the norm, here's some guys who will pull their share: Capt. Corbett McCallum and Sgt. 1st Class Gerald Nelson, winners of the Best Ranger Competition. To continue...

I think those of us holding on the possibility that Syria is holding significant stocks of Saddam's WMD program should probably let that go, at least as a point of argument absent new information. The government just published the report in final form that pretty much says, "Sanctions were working". Saddam had to divert so much effort into maintaining his lifestyle he didn't have the resources to pursue his dreams. Even if he still held on to his dreams. We can still debate the wisdom of the invasion - but I think supporters probably ought to drop the WMD issue, absent new credible information. That said, there is a certain academic in the region who preaches against sanctions whose nose I'm going to rub in the report. The Duelfer Report itself is available here. No, I haven't had time to read it. Gimme a break. If you are a real glutton for punishment - read the report on the Intel Community, since they're the ones who dropped the ball in advising the Executive - dating back to Clinton's days. Speaking of the need to change...

Still flexin' and adaptin'. This time, reworking the Avenger Air Defense system for Convoy Escort Duty... too bad we can't bring back the Quad-Fifty!

Flex and adapt, flex and adapt. It's a dance. This time in searching for IEDs. And speaking of the need to find and avoid IEDs and "War is the Norm"...

The 48th BDE, Georgia Army National Guard, gets ready for another trip to the Sandbox out at Fort Irwin. I helped train these guys for their planned trip to GW1 that ended when the 100 hour war ended. These guys have earned their bones, and the Regulars should acknowledge that.

Speaking of Combat Training Centers - how many of us Old Soldiers remember any training of this caliber? This time at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, LA.

Still serving.