Category Archives: National security

An administrative note on my blogs

Okay, guys. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been struggling of late with my focus for this author blog of mine. My numerous competing passions have been pulling at me, and it’s probably shown.

Sometimes, my posts have been inspirational. Sometimes, they’ve been military/foriegn policy in nature. Sometimes, they’ve had something to do with Eastern Philosophy or living in the moment.

SO, to cut down on this lack of focus, I’ve made a decision to restart an old blog and start a new one.

Now, there will be three options for you to choose from.

1) On this current site (stanrmitchell.com) that you are already subscribed to, I will continue to post about things that motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh. My efforts are paying off, and I intend to inspire, drag, or shame as many of you as possible into your own dreams. So, if you need the motivation or inspiration, or just want to keep up with me as I continue to pursue my author career with everything that I have, there’s no need to do anything. Please, stick around. I love having each and every one of you.

2). If you care about military matters, I am relaunching Marine Watch, a blog on American foreign policy, national security, and all things Marine Corps. If this is something you’re interested in, please go there and subscribe.

3) Finally, I’m launching a new blog on one of my other lifelong passions: martial arts and Eastern Philosophy. My search for the way will be about martial arts, physical fitness, and ESPECIALLY everything that goes with Eastern philosophy — mindfulness, living in the moment, and eastern philosophy. You can read about why I’m launching the site here, so if you’re interested, please subscribe for email alerts and join me there.

I hope having more specific blogs will lead to greater focus and community for each of the sites. Thanks for everyone’s patience, support, and friendship. I hope to catch you all at one of the sites — or even multiple ones.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Why are Muslims leaving the safety and comfort of Europe and joining ISIS?

This is the best article I’ve read yet about why young people are leaving Europe to join ISIS. And it’s written by the former Pakistani Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, Ambassador Akbar Ahmed — a man who’s written more than a dozen award-winning books, including “Discovering Islam,” and he’s been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC.

Here’s the article: Why are European Muslims joining ISIS? (For those who don’t know, ISIS is so radical that it not only regularly beheads and executes people, it’s also killed 120 of its own members who wanted to quit and go home.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years writing every day in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing for email alerts — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Improving the U.S. military. Some thoughts from two vets…

Being a prior enlisted member of the military, it’s quite common to spout off your views on all things military. From playing Monday morning quarterback regarding current combat operations, to discussing how the Army or Marine Corps could do things better, nearly every enlisted member that I’ve ever met complains and gripes, while also suggesting how things could be better.

I’ve learned this doesn’t end when you get out, and I’ve of late been increasingly talking all things military with a guy I’ll just call “Lee.”

Lee served four and a half years in the Army, with most of his time in the 75th Ranger Regiment. Lee served two combat tours during that time and he knows about ten times more about weapons than I do, and well, that’s saying something.

Several times in the past six months, we’ve talked about things we’d change if we were in charge and we finally decided it’d be fun to throw these things out there for discussion purposes, and even better, to hear all the other ideas floating around out there.

Here were some ideas we had…

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This nearly brought tears to my eyes

Turn your volume down, get everyone to leave you alone, and take four minutes and watch the entire thing.

Just watch it and think about what you’re seeing.

(My thanks to Stacy Reller for highlighting this and bringing it to my attention.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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Some wisdom about arguing politics, with some great humor, as well

I see some nasty political arguments, and facebook has made such arguments all the more easy.

I’ve seen two totally reasonable people, both of whom I know well, unfriend each other and do everything but curse each other out.

With this nasty divide that’s spreading in our country, I thought I’d share some wise words from author Len Levinson:

I just read a line in a history book, and the line made me think of Facebook. The line was:

“But when you’re in the midst of hot argument, you don’t always present the other side fairly.”

This plays out constantly in Facebook. I’d estimate at least half or two-thirds of posts are political. People misrepresent opposing views so as to better shoot them down. Even I, the very soul of fairness and decency, sometimes get tempted into playing this dishonest game.

Evidently many people feel threatened by dissent, and become desperate to defend certain points of view, or attack other points of view. In their desperation, they believe that anything goes, including cheap shots, vituperation, character assassination, ridicule, omission or distortion of pertinent facts, etc.

We can’t have a better world unless the dialogue is elevated. Instead, the dialogue shows every sign of sinking deeper into the muck. I have no solution. I’m just trying to be a voice for moderation in this increasing immoderate world.

If these words helped you any, maybe consider sharing them with a friend or family member. I continue to worry about how divided we are as a country, and how completely unable we are to even discuss things with someone that we disagree with. (And Congress is even worse.)

Remember the words of Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

(Note: Being a Marine, it’s nice to have a back up plan. So, if the words of wisdom don’t work, share this video. It should have them laughing so hard they’re crying, and then peace will be restored. The political argument forgotten.)

(Note No. 2: If the laughing doesn’t work, just try some of the moves. It’s for the good of our country, after all. George Washington said he’d approve.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please consider subscribing for email alerts of new posts.


 If you enjoy fast-paced books, you just might like my works. “Sold Out” tracks the life of a legendary Marine Sniper after a CIA unit decides to kill him for reasons of national security. “Little Man, and the Dixon County War” tells the uphill fight a young deputy faces after finding himself in the sights of a mighty cattle baron. And “Soldier On,” a short novel, follows the lives of several German soldiers in a depleted infantry company trying to make it through the final, miserable months of World War II.

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