Author Archives: Karol Garrison

A Mean Military, Too Lean?


The chess pieces have been moving towards a “leaner and meaner” military over the past month.  Since President Obama spoke of budget cuts for our military, we have seen Navy ships pull out of the Strait of Hormuz, a recent announcement of troops to depart Afghanistan by 2013, and Navy Seals performing high-profiled rescues. After a recent disagreement between the ... Read More »

1,000th Homeless Veteran Laid To Rest

Oregon Honor Guard, 12-year-old Nick Henry

A homeless Vietnam veteran was laid to rest January 25th at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.   But on that day, Petty Officer 2nd Class Stevenson L. Roy seemed more at home than ever.  His casket was carried not by family, but by family of a different breed. It wasn’t till after Roy’s death that it was discovered he had ... Read More »

“The Invisible War” of the U.S. Military

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, press conference addressing sexual assaults

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s timing couldn’t be better for a press conference.  A documentary titled, “The Invisible War,” investigating sexual assault in the military, premiered this past week at the ever-popular Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. “It is an affront to the basic American values we defend and it is a stain on the good honor of ... Read More »

U.S. Military and Intelligence Disagree

Joint Chiefs head Gen. Martin Dempsey

When the U.S. Military and the U.S. intelligence community are divided on the efforts in Afghanistan, it’s fair to say we have a problem.  A classified document released last month, known as the National Intelligence Estimate, outlines a perspective differing from that of military commanders. The NIE, more than 100 pages in length, represents a collective view of the CIA ... Read More »