Patrick Lang, 1940-2023

An old soldier has faded away.

All Things Pass

Will ISIS be able to consolidate and hold the territory it’s taken in Iraq?

Just Rattle the Saber More Loudly

Will louder threats move the Iranian regime to back down?


There are 164 technically acceptable transliterations of the name of Libya’s soon-to-be-former dictator.

Taliban History Lesson: Not Our Boys From the 80’s

The groups we supported were defeated by the Taliban in the civil war that followed Soviet withdrawal. The Taliban and Usama bin Laden were supported by the separate “Sayyaf” group of Mujahideen supported by Saudi Arabia and Deobandi fanatics in Pakistan.

DADT and Gender Equality

Now that gays will be allowed to serve openly in the military, the command will have some new issues to address.

Sarah Palin is No Hunter

The namesake of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is no hunter, no matter what she might pretend.

University Cancels Spirit of Diversity Award Over Nonconformist Speech

Wayne State has canceled the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award, citing its namesake’s controversial remarks.

President as Straight Man

Did President Obama degrade his office by appearing on “The Daily Show”? Or is that notion a relic of a bygone era?

Military Coup of 2012

Perhaps the biggest insight from Bob Woodward’s latest book is the sharpness of the split between the military and civilian leadership.

OTB Radio – Tonight at 5:30 Eastern

Retired Special Forces colonel and Defense Senior Executive Pat Lang joins us to talk about — well, you know damned well what we’ll be talking about.

What About Yemen?

Debating Afghanistan

Tooth Fairy Diplomacy

Winning in Afghanistan

Learning Arabic