Two days with Mad Dog: My short yet memorable time with General Jim Mattis in Iraq

As former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently released a scathing article about President Donald Trump, there has been much back-and-forth about Mattis from political pundits, and the president, who wrote on Twitter, that Mattis is “the world’s most overrated General.” In the summer of 2012, General Jim Mattis was the head of US CentralContinue reading “Two days with Mad Dog: My short yet memorable time with General Jim Mattis in Iraq”

Yes, Robert E. Lee’s statue should be taken down for the racist he was (and two others reasons)

On June 4, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam publicly stated that the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, found on Monument Avenue in Richmond, would be taken down in response to the protests against the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. “It’s time,” he said. ““In Virginia, we no longer practice aContinue reading “Yes, Robert E. Lee’s statue should be taken down for the racist he was (and two others reasons)”

I showed my brother how to use a tourniquet because I fear for his life at the protests

When I was posted to the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2011-2012, I was part of the embassy’s Trauma Response Team, a group of non-medical staff who received extra medical training to help triage casualties in the event of a large attack. We learned CPR, how to insert an IV, and how to applyContinue reading “I showed my brother how to use a tourniquet because I fear for his life at the protests”