An Unapologetically Patriatic Blog by Perry Keating

Special Forces Association convention aims for broader appeal

June 8th, 2014
Military conventions often run a familiar pattern - a pattern the Special Forces Association aims to buck at its annual meeting this week in Columbia, South Carolina.

Bergdahl’s father now under scrutiny himself

June 8th, 2014
In 2011, during his long five-year vigil, waiting helplessly at home while his son was held by Taliban extremists half a world away, Bob Bergdahl made a personal video for the Pakistani government that he hoped would be delivered to his boy, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Kerry says 5 released Taliban risk death if they fight again

June 8th, 2014
Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in his first remarks on the prisoner swap, said Sunday that the five Taliban leaders released in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be killed by the United States if they re-enter the fight.

In era of tight budgets, how many aircraft carriers are enough?

June 8th, 2014
Aircraft carriers are perhaps the most powerful expression of U.S. military might. They’re also expensive and potentially vulnerable. In an era of fiscal constraint, defense officials, lawmakers and the commander-in-chief must answer a question that could have enormous strategic consequences: How many are enough?

US completes large-scale Middle East exercise, even with amphibious forces stretched

June 8th, 2014
Although officials insisted the annual multinational Eager Lion exercise that ended here Sunday was unrelated to sectarian violence across Jordan’s borders, regional tensions nonetheless affected the course of the two-week exercise.

Guantanamo prisoners set to leave amid trade furor

June 8th, 2014
Some of the men held here for more than a decade have been drafting plans for work and marriage on the outside or studying languages, preparing for a not-too-distant future beyond the coiled razor wire that surrounds the U.S. prison perched at the edge of the Caribbean Sea.

DODEA teacher of the year: ‘It’s a huge honor’

June 8th, 2014
The moment it dawned on her that the accolades being shared at the staff meeting were about her, Sarah Loomis couldn’t stop shaking.

Hundreds of paratroops re-create Normandy airborne assault

June 8th, 2014
More than 600 American and allied paratroops jumped onto a field outside this tiny farming town in rural Normandy Sunday, re-creating a daylight version of the airborne invasion here 70 years ago.

D-Day veterans revered, celebrated by French they helped liberate

June 8th, 2014
When American paratroops dropped in here in the middle of the night on June 6, 1944, they were welcomed by a hail of Nazi bullets. Landing on the same field Sunday, hundreds of American and allied paratroops found a party atmosphere awaiting them.

US values collided in Bergdahl’s predicament

June 8th, 2014
Two American values collided in Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's calamity. One had to give.
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