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Ken Allard
Ken Allard
Retired U.S. Army Colonel
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      Ken Allard

      Colonel Ken Allard (U.S. Army, Ret.) is a draftee who eventually served on the West Point faculty, as dean of the National War College and as a NATO peacekeeper in Bosnia (which seemed like a huge deal at the time). His most recent book, Warheads: Cable News and the Fog of War, is a memoir of his 10 years as a military analyst with NBC News and MSNBC, where he and Tucker Carlson were conservatives-in-residence.

Finally Striking Syria

A picture taken on February 28, 2018 shows flames erupting in the horizon following a reported rocket attack in al-Shaffuniyah, in the Syrian rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. / AFP PHOTO / Ammar SULEIMAN | Syria Air Defense Engaged Allied Missiles

So we finally struck Syria. Again. But only after savvy old Jim Mattis had enlisted Britain and France to join us, whittling down Trump’s Tweets to a more proportional target list. While our pilots returned safely, how can American strategic interests be pursued without risking a much wider war?

Here Is How Trump Can Use The Military At The Mexican Border Right Now

3:09 AM 04/06/2018

Despite his many flaws, President Donald Trump speaks inconvenient truths that imperial Washington prefers to ignore. He did so again earlier this week in a stream-of-consciousness White House conversation that immediately burst into headlines. "We're going to do something militarily until we can have a wall," Trump said.

Honoring Vietnam Veterans Is The Right Thing To Do But We Now Fight Our Wars Using Other People’s Kids

2:06 AM 03/29/2018

Don’t expect parades down Constitution Avenue, flyovers of the B-2 bomber or 100-gun salutes from the Esplanade. The Pentagon still needs to pinch pennies, even though we hocked the grandchildren during last week's trillion-dollar budget deal. But Thursday marks the first celebration of what will become an annual observance: the National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Billy Graham’s Century

12:54 AM 02/23/2018

If you are a practicing Christian -- regardless of denomination -- then the news of Billy Graham's passing may have prompted a memory of how he touched your life, directly or indirectly. Even the rigidly secular mainstream media paused in brief remembrance, recalling how a succession of postwar presidents once publicly sought Reverend Graham's counsel. Some commentators even seemed surprised that Reverend Graham was still around, recalling a far simpler time in our history. Can you remember when Americans could be rallied to a higher purpose, when naked self-interest and partisan politics didn’t prejudice every question -- social, cultural or moral?

No Congressman Is More Deserving Of A Disgraceful Downfall Than John Conyers

2:53 PM 11/27/2017

The charges of sexual harassment charges against Democratic Rep. John Conyers are serious enough that he stepped down from his leadership position on the House Judiciary Committee while the Ethics Committee investigates him. Although Rep. Nancy Pelosi called Conyers an “icon,” the Detroit Free Press thinks he should resign. Citing the mounting evidence of previous sexual harassment and the diversion of taxpayer dollars to hush up an earlier scandal, the Free Press's editorial said, ".... whatever Conyers’ legacy will eventually be, his tenure as a member of Congress must end -- now.”

Treason Doth Never Prosper. What’s The Reason?

10:33 AM 01/19/2017

Is Bradley/Chelsea Manning a traitor? And if (s)he is, then what about President Obama, who commuted Manning’s sentence in the waning moments of his administration? How could any self-respecting  Commander-in-Chief set aside the conviction of the notorious former soldier who leaked a treasure-trove of defense secrets to WikiLeaks?

For Republicans, This Will Be A Bumpy Ride

11:11 AM 10/11/2016

Only Native Americans had more to complain about this fateful Columbus Day weekend than disconsolate Republicans. The videotape debacle and Trump's snarky reaction prompted me to contact several friends on his national campaign staff. Couldn't they please tell him to recover some semblance of self-respect and make a semi-dignified withdrawal in favor of Mike Pence? But since sanity hasn't been a hallmark of this campaign, I wasn't surprised when The Donald listened to other and darker voices, maybe even his own.

Lying: Hillary’s Persistent Health Problem

2:51 AM 09/14/2016

How can we so callously ignore the latest threat to Hillary Clinton's health? Why has no one suggested what should now be obvious: Take her to the closest VA Hospital immediately! Even if she must complete reams of government forms and then wait for three weeks, shouldn’t the former First Lady be grateful for the same socialized medicine normally reserved for our wounded veterans?

Debating Retired Officers’ Decorum While American Decline Continues Apace

12:15 PM 08/02/2016

This week's back-and-forth over Donald Trump’s implied disrespect of an American Muslim officer killed in Iraq is appalling -- but purely symbolic, emotional and utterly beside the point. That “debate” might be typical for a declining superpower where the only serious question is: Which of our enemies takes us down first? Will we lose a carrier in the Pacific, will Putin call NATO’s bluff in the Baltic states or will Iran’s first test of a nuclear weapon be a low air-burst over Tel Aviv? Unless you are persuaded beyond all reason that America fights only one war at a time, then why not all three?

The Other Side Of Elizabeth Warren

7:04 PM 07/25/2016

Although Donald Trump routinely disses her as Pocahontas, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is such a crowd favorite that she is keynoting tonight’s Democratic National Convention. Whatever side you’re on, I can testify to a side of Elizabeth Warren you might not know.

Ted Cruz’s Bogus ‘Conscience’ Dodge Makes President Hillary More Likely

3:25 PM 07/21/2016

I have voted for Ted Cruz twice – once as Senator and again this spring in the Texas presidential primary. One of the reasons for the latter decision was Donald Trump’s penchant for making stupid, inflammatory comments -- including insulting heroes like Senator John McCain and (even worse) demeaning members of the Cruz family.

What To Do When Barbarism Comes Calling

3:38 PM 07/15/2016

What do Nice, Ankara, Brussels and Paris have in common with Orlando and San Bernadino? Well, nothing at all if your name is Barack Obama. Merely coupling the words ‘Islamic’ and ‘terrorism’ is sure to get you a presidential rebuff. Airily dismissing the most chilling contradiction of our times, he is a community organizer whose world views haven’t changed since he entered presidential politics a decade ago – except for his recent conversion to gay rights.

Director Comey’s Disgraceful Punt

11:06 AM 07/06/2016

My July Fourth optimism about America’s future lasted less than twelve hours, from colorful fireworks splashed across a South Texas sky to Tuesday morning’s whitewash of Hillary Clinton.

A modest proposal for the Washington Redskins

11:40 AM 11/01/2013

In a surprising turn-around, Washington Redskins owner Daniel “ya don’t hafta be smart to be rich” Snyder shocked the sporting world by announcing today that the Washington Redskins have finally caved in to overwhelming media pressure. Following the current NFL season, the “Skins” will renounce the controversial nickname by which the fabled sports franchise has been known for most of the last 80 years.

Benghazi cover-up par for the course for Team Obama

5:42 PM 11/02/2012

Bottom line first: Ever since the Benghazi attack, President Obama and his advisers have lied through their teeth to avoid awakening the slumbering American electorate. They have been assisted throughout by a media establishment intent on supporting the president’s re-election while maintaining its usual charade of objectivity --- the great oxymoron of our time.

Confessions of a serial block-walker

10:33 AM 10/11/2012

I occupy the bottom rung of the political ladder: I’m a block-walker canvassing San Antonio neighborhoods for a single-term Republican congressman. But you can learn a lot block-walking, like the fact that, less than a month before the election, there’s remarkably little passion on either side. The flatness is almost palpable, from casual conversations to the surprising absence of bumper-stickers.