As a group of soldiers stood in formation at an Army Base, the Drill Sergeant walked up and said, “All right! All you retards fall out.”
As the rest of the squad wandered away, one soldier remained at attention.
The Drill Sergeant walked over until he was eye-to-eye with him, and then raised a single eyebrow.
The soldier smiled and said, “Sure was a lot of ‘em, huh, Drill Sergeant?”
[FULL DISCLOSURE: I received my copy of this book free from the author. I was not paid for this review and the opinion expressed is purely my own]
I get 5-10 requests a month from publishers and authors to review their books here on B&BR and usually accept 3-4 of them because I don’t have as much time to read as I would like. When Richard Peters, the author of Power Games: Operation Enduring Unity I contacted me and inquired about reviewing his book I had a stack of 5 other books I was working through and initially almost turned him down for lack of time. Man, am I glad I did not. Power Games is one of those rare fiction books, for me anyway, that grabs you from the start and won’t let go. I read the whole book in a marathon overnight session because I could not put it down.
The premise of the book is the story of the opening months of the second Civil War in America. The book starts with a botched assassination and tings spiral out of control from there. The divided and fractured nature of current American politics is shown for the failure waiting to happen that it is. as through a series of plausible steps the country swings from disaffection with the results of an election to open rebellion.
The action is non-stop and believable and the author’s experience as a combat vet is clearly evident by his realistic descriptions of combat itself. Just as realistic is the description of politics and journalism. Mr. Peters, grasps the essential corruption of current American society and shows how that corruption can lead to disunion when there are no leaders worthy of the name on the national stage.
The quality of the writing is outstanding, I was constantly kept in mind of the works of other writers such as Tom Kratman, John Ringo, and Michael Z. Williamson when reading this. His book is easily as good and s well written as any major published military or sci-fi writer. I have found another author to add to my list of people who I will eagerly await there next offering.
As an added bonus, Mr Peters is donating the profits from the book to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, a charity that supports wounded and il military members at the US Military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. That is a cause I, as a veteran can support wholeheartedly.
I highly recommend this book. It is available on Amazon.com as both a hardcopy and for Kindle.
This is what poses as journalism in the disgenic idiocracy of today’s Western world : here.
They aren’t even embarrassed that they are quoting an author that they haven’t read.
If NRO wants to cut and paste the following comments, I suggest they do that, especially considering that this is the age of twitter journalism and that it is more important to Bolshevik-purge your only decent intellectual to tow the line in PC thinking than to actually read the books you are quoting from in our modern society.
Here may be some reasons why Putin has taken the Crimea (perhaps he actually has read Clausewitz?)
One country may support another’s cause, but will never take it so seriously as it takes its own.
The Crimea has no value to the USA, so the dam that is needed to prop up the bloodthirsty yoke of Russia will not be applied.
Timidity will do a thousand times more damage in war than audacity.
Putin knows that his opponents are professional talkers with soft, gentle hands and that have no intent to act with resolve.
Or maybe this one, since its on the first page:
war is such a dangerous business that the mistakes which come from kindness are the very worst.
The 9th Company is the Russian Full Metal Jacket.
It starts of in bootcamp and ends in an inhospitable landscape fighting guerillas in unconventional warfare. It is a fictional portrayal of The Battle for Hill 3234.
That being said, the value of this film lies in what can be gleaned not from the similarities with the former film, but with the differences.
First of all, we are introduced to Russian culture in the form of dedovshchina, a term which encapsulates the institutions of the former Soviet Union ( and which continue to this day).
Russian hierarchies have their cultural inheritance in the gulag, and in The Bitch Wars. A brutal, and demoralizing structure is created where only the most ruthless and sociopathic element rise to the top.
Second of all, we have a very clear image of the Majahideen fighting tactics. Majahideen fighters are absolutely unbeholden to death; they are experts at using the mountainous landscape, and are capable of launching attacks where they can disapear into elaborate cave systems without a moment’s warning.
Children are often actual beligerants, at an age where Western children are still playing with legos.
This film is pertinent for an idea of what American troops are facing in Afghanistan (it is so superior to the Robert Redford fiasco, and I refuse to name the latter film).
It is also pertinent to understand the Russian attitude towards non-Russians, whom they deam as being in need of help from their benevolent hand (think Ukraine at this moment).
I recommend this film.
In August 1942 the 2nd Marine “Raider” Battalion raided what was then called Makin Island in the Gilbert Archipelago of the South Pacific. The present name of the island is Butaritari in the island nation of Kiribati.
In 1942 the island had a small, roughly 160 man garrison, and was the site of a Japanese Airfield. The raid was conceived as a way for the Marines to gather intelligence on what and how many Japanese forces were stationed in the Gilbert Islands. The plan was for 211 men from companies A and B of the 2nd Marine “Raider” Battalion led by LTC Evans Carlson to land on the island under cover of darkness, neutralize the small Japanese garrison and ransack the island for anything of intelligence value before destroying the facilities and leaving the island. The Marines would land from two submarines the USS Nautilus and USS Argonaut using small rubber boats equipped with outboard motors.