Afghanistan Heroin Quagmire

In the San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 2018, World News of the Day, #4, Afghanistan violence ( https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/what-explains-afghanistans-early-2018-surge-in-violence/) examines the rise in violence from ISIS and Taliban over the past year. What is amazing is Afghanistan is the largest supplier of heroin in the world. Pakistan is Sunni and Iran, Shiite, both fighting several guerrilla [...]

By | April 24th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Warrior at the Mall

In the New York Times article, Sunday Review section, article, “Warrior at the Mall,” ( https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/opinion/sunday/the-warrior-at-the-mall.html) examines the complicated philosophical gap between a veteran and, after discharge, democratic civilians who placed him in harm’s way. This article is written by a Lieutenant Platoon leader on the disconnect between the military, in far flung foreign adventures, [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Amazon: 4.9 Stars for novel, Curse of the Coloring Book

Amazon rating for my novel, “Curse of the Coloring Book, based on a true story, 4.9 out of 5 stars. Here is copy of a posted review. "Hibbard gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a combat soldier during Vietnam and more importantly does a good job exploring the long-term effects war has [...]

By | April 13th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

20 Veterans a Day Movement

A 2016 Veterans Administration found that 20 veterans a day commit suicide. That is 600 people a month and 7,200 people a year, or a small town. This tragedy needs to be addressed and skills learned in the military applied to civilian uses. Basic Training and Advanced Infantry training cost the taxpayer $73,000. This is [...]

By | April 11th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan Taliban Talks OK, About Time!

In the San Francisco Chronicle, April 8, 2018, article, page A-4, Taliban talks, (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Afghan-officials-and-Taliban-talk-despite-wave-of-12610678.php) examines Pakistan’s prime minister announcing Afghanistan and Taliban are engaging in peace talks. The Afghan government is reviving peace talks with the Taliban to recognize them as a political party. The Taliban want to engage with talks with the U.S. before [...]

By | April 10th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Kurds vs. Turks, Play it again Sam

In the San Francisco Chronicle, April 1, 2018, article, page A-4, “Armed forces of U.S., Turkey face off across tense front line,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Armed-forces-of-US-Turkey-face-off-across-12796453.php) examines U.S. backed Kurdish fighters facing the armed forces of Turkey in a tense stand-off. To put this in perspective, Kurdistan was a recognized region of the old Ottoman Empire, like Texas [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

ISIS Rises from Ashes, Told you so.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, March 29, 2018 article: “Islamic State rises again months after its defeat,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Islamic-State-haunts-northern-Iraq-months-after-12788724.php) examines how the Islamic State (ISIS) has re-surfaced as a guerrilla war in northern Iraq. ISIS (Sunni) originally rose after the fall of Saddam Hussein who was a Sunni and exploited the Southern Iraq Shiites. After Saddam’s [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Arming the Afghan Army, History Repeats Itself

In the San Francisco Chronicle, March 27, 2018, article, “Nation’s pilots to fly U.S. Black Hawks in combat,” (https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Afghans-soon-to-fly-missions-with-Black-Hawks-12782472.php) examines how the 17-year U.S. involvement in Afghanistan now includes training Afghans to fly combat missions in U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. I agree with arming the Afghan’s against the Taliban and ISIS, just hope we avoid [...]

By | March 27th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Afghanistan, Light at End of Heroin Tunnel ?

In the San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2018. Article, “14 killed in blast outside stadium,”( https://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Car-bomb-near-Kabul-stadium-kills-13-wounds-45-12777157.php) examines how a latest bombing killed 14 outside a sports stadium raising serious questions of how the 16 year U.S. Afghanistan war is going. In a BBC interview, with John W. Nicholson Jr., the general in charge of U.S. [...]

By | March 24th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments

Review “Curse of the Coloring Book,” a novel, 5 Amazon Stars

My wife bought me this book. I read it in February and the feelings and images it created still have an impact. Like many writers, Hibbard was careful at setting the scene, but the riveting description of the hero’s personal reality was his true strength. It did not seem like watching a movie or reading [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|Economics, Politics & War, PTSD, Veterans Affairs|0 Comments