The 9/24/21 dispatch.

Happy Friday to everyone!

In this post, I wanted to share three quick China-related stories, and then share a few other neat things I’ve come across.

First, China is still being China, trying to intimidate Taiwan (and probably other neighbors that we don’t know about). Nothing new here. See below.

But despite these threats, America continues to focus its effort on countering China.

Example 1:

Example 2:

The drone resupply story is especially cool. These things would be able to fly up to 500 nautical miles and carry up to 1,000 pounds of cargo.

Moving along, President Joe Biden made a bit of a boo-boo this week. Speaking at the United Nations, he said that this is 'the first time in 20 years' that the U.S. is not at war.

Many, many observers were quite surprised by this remark.

As stated below…

In other matters, the U.S. is clearly STILL at a loss for what’s happening to our diplomats and State Department workers (and clandestine officers, in some cases.) But they’re getting more serious about trying to figure that out, as evidenced below.

Moving along, I found this CNN story VERY fascinating. If you want to see some very eye-opening footage of both a base and prison in Afghanistan, give this a few mins of your time.

Finally, I really enjoyed this profile and review of Secretary Austin, the new Secretary of Defense. I know he’s been saddled with implementing some defense moves that he didn’t agree with (big hint: Afghanistan), but he truly has been a steady hand.

And the former Army General just brings such a calming manner to everything that he does. A gentle giant, if you will.

Finally, before we wrap things up, here is my cool story for the week, check this out!

One final bit of personal news.

I'm going to mail out some free copies of Hill 406. If you’d like a copy (or know a vet/friend/family member who would), please email me. You can reach me at

I'll send out up to ten copies. (U.S. residents only.)

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