Battleland Battleland

Spinning the War

A briefing for allied military spokesmen in Afghanistan has come up with a list of Don’t’s and Do’s.

First Don’t:

Lie or spin.

First Do:

Stick to the facts.

Having been at the receiving end of lots of briefings on …

Battleland Battleland

Drone Attack!

Iran attacked a slow-moving U.S. MQ-1 Predator drone – allegedly flying over international waters last week – and missed. Kind of helps you keep the Iranian military threat, apparently such as it is, in …

There are a couple of things that I would be concerned about: when a Private says to me, "I learned this in basic -- " that is a little concerning. When a Sergeant says, "Trust me, sir," I worry about that. You probably need to check it out. When a Warrant Officer says, "Watch this, sir," I would probably run for cover. And finally when a Second Lieutenant says, "Based on my experience" I tend to worry about that as well.
— General Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, offering grains of salt about words of advice to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Nov. 2.
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