Checking in

I can see that Pinch and Nicholas have things well in hand, which is great. I should go on vacation more often.

Last fall I checked out the audiobook of Not a Good Day to Die : The Untold Story of Operation Anaconda by Sean Naylor. I barely had time to start it before it was due, and someone else had it on hold and I had to return it. Since that time, several readers have recommended it, so I picked it up again to listen to while on our trip. Great stuff and highly recommended. I’ll probably have a bit more to say after I’ve listened to the whole thing.

Also, I see that is giving away tickets to The War Tapes, a documentary shot by troops in Iraq. I had the pleasure of meeting director Deborah Scranton and one of the National Guard soldiers who helped create the film. I hope to get an opportunity to check it out.

Finally, don’t forget the Gunblogger Rendezvous in Reno October 6th and 7th. Lots of good stuff, including time at a local shooting range, is planned for all comers. Some industry reps and such will be there, and it’s open to all GunBloggers and MilBloggers. I had a great time at the MilBlogger Conference this past spring in Washington, DC, and the GunBlogger Rendezvous provides a western location for a similar gathering of like-minded folks. Go check it out.


  1. I’ve got a copy of NAGDTD, absolutely an excellent read. Not at all dry or academic, but really gets into the detail of all the differnet groups and individuals who participated into the runup & operation of Anaconda. Most eye opening for me was the attempt by a number of generals to cover their @$$e$ by ordering subordinates to not cooperate with Naylor during his research of this combat op gone wrong. I was pleased (but not really surprised) by the initiative, self reliance, professionalism, and dedication of so many of the participants to improvise, and carry on with the mission in the face of odds that weren’t their making. God bless all our troops!

  2. I’m about halfway through the book. To me it seemed to bog down at the beginning until I realized the author was setting the scene of the political infighting and lack of coordination at the higher levels of command. Unfortunately, the grunts are the ones to suffer.