A fish stinks from the head first

by David Hackworth -- Editor's note: Eilhys England also contributed to this column.When I was a buck private in Italy, five-star Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower visited my outfit. Of course, there was more…

Hanging out the troops

by David Hackworth -- As an American citizen, I'm ashamed of the atrocities committed by Americans in Iraq. As a former professional soldier, I'm appalled not only by what has happened in more…

Stupidity causes death

by David Hackworth -- Deploying without sufficient armor and then having to fly 70-ton Abrams tanks to Iraq is as flaky as almost everything else about a war where politicians were proclaiming more…

Thin skins bleed easily

by David Hackworth -- The central theme of Sun Tzu's timeless book, "The Art of War," is for commanders to take care of their troops. If one of his generals had sent more…

Flunking the combat test in Iraq

by David Hackworth -- Two weeks ago, with good-to-go freshly stamped on the soldiers' foreheads, the 2nd Battalion from the recently rebuilt Iraqi army (IAF) was tasked with assisting our hard-pressed Marines more…

Not Iraq's finest

by David Hackworth -- In blood-spattered Iraq, seasoned American soldiers and extraordinarily capable retired U.S. Army sergeants currently employed by the Vinnell Corporation have been busting their butts trying to forge a more…

No excuse for abuse

by David Hackworth -- Since 9-11, the good grunts in our Reserve and National Guard have stood tall and made the Pentagon's helter-skelter, hurry-up-and-wait Reserve mobilization plans work at great personal sacrifice more…

Maybe this time we'll get it right

by David Hackworth -- The plastic, no-account M-16 rabbit shooter that our Army warriors have painfully packed since early in the Vietnam War might at long last be on its way out. more…

Ready, fire, aim

by David Hackworth -- Last year, Les Brownlee, the Army's top guy and one of my very fine captains way back when, stated that all troops in Iraq would have the latest more…

Batten down the mosquito netting

by David Hackworth -- Since the war kicked off in Iraq, the medical team at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been putting in long hours – especially the overtaxed orthopedic staff more…