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McCollough’s writing

  • Five Successful Marine Corps Veterans You Haven’t Heard About

    By J.E. McCollough Entering the private sector after military service is rarely a simple transition. Life throws all kinds of complications at the veteran from the simple to severe. The loss...

  • First Drone Strike on U.S. Soil

    By J. E. McCollough The battalion commander I fought under during the invasion of Iraq had a saying, “Never send a Marine where you can send artillery, and why send artillery...

  • The New York Times and Interrogation: a Response From a Veteran

      By J. E. McCollough  On March 19 the New York Times ran an op-ed, Owning Up to Torture, by a former contract interrogator who had worked in Iraq in 2004. This...

  • Celebratory Fire

      By J.E. McCollough After Baghdad fell and the main fighting was over in 2003, my Marine Corps counterintelligence team was moved to Al Kut in southern Iraq. For the majority...

  • The Pope is a___________

        By J.E. McCollough The pope has just declared that anyone who produces weapons or invests in weapon manufacturing companies can’t call themselves Christians. He also managed to tie in...

  • Treat the Islamic State Like a State

      By J.E. McCollough It’s a truism in the military that the generals are always trying to fight the last war. That is, they tend to apply the same tactics and...

  • Last Resort Blades

      By J.E. McCollough You can buy a nice knife anywhere. Any mall has a knife shop where you can get anything from Swiss Army knives to Conan the Barbarian swords....

  • Music Is My Memory

      By J.E. McCollough “Thunderstruck” makes me remember the attack on Tikrit in 2003. “Here Without You” makes me think of Ramadi, in 2004. “Rolling in the Deep” makes me relive...

  • No Safe Haven

      By J.E. McCollough If the US had known with certainty Al Qaeda was plotting the September 11th attacks a year before they happened, would we have attacked them in Afghanistan...