In search of a Ulysses

by David Hackworth -- We're engaged in a terrorist conflict that will no doubt prove to be the longest and nastiest war in our country's history. Which means we can't tolerate slack more…

Generals, talk to your sergeants

by David Hackworth -- Seasoned combat vets in Iraq are spoon-feeding the newbies from green units as they pour in for their one-year stint in the "sandbox." They're sharing the tricks of more…

You need two arms to win

by David Hackworth -- Two weeks ago, our man in Iraq, Gen. John Abizaid, managed to avoid a Little Bighorn-type catastrophe only because his armored vehicles were capable of hauling alpha out more…

Nothing to smile about

by David Hackworth -- "For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; For the want of the shoe, the horse was lost; For the want of a horse, the rider more…

Calling Maj. Ritter

by David Hackworth -- Like it or not, Maj. Scott Ritter had it right all along. Most of the rest of us, from the president to his key advisers, such as Cheney, more…

Memo to the U.S. Army chief of staff

by David Hackworth -- Dear Gen. Schoomaker, Maj. Donald E. Vandergriff – who just happens to be one of your officers – is a guy cut from the same bolt of visionary more…

Choppers down in Iraq

by David Hackworth -- Helicopter crews are gutsy folks, a 21st-century version of America's gunfighters of yore. Except their high-tech steeds go a lot faster and can inflict major pain. They first more…

More body-bag bait?

by David Hackworth -- The 81st Brigade is rated as a combat-ready fighting outfit. But when it came time for this federally activated Washington state National Guard unit to ship out to more…

Politicians – read this before self-destructing

by David Hackworth -- The recycled Pentagon types now merrily selling their "expertise" to the weapon-makers and the rest of the current crop of shakers and takers who make up today's military-industrial-congressional more…

An Army short of ammo!

by David Hackworth -- "Bang, bang. You're dead." Neighborhood kids playing soldier in an empty lot with wooden rifles? Nope! Regular United States warriors, during Exercise Crocodile '03 at Shoalwater Bay, Australia, more…