The military academies cost a fortune and produce average officers.
I strongly disagree. When I graduated from college in 1966 I went through Marine Corps OCS and later went to the Officers Basic School. There were a lot of bright young officers who were highly accomplished, but the graduates of West Point and Annapolis stood out with what they had already been taught about leadership and military operations. Virtually all the officers who finished the course were very good and were capable. But the service academy graduates had a leg up because of the prior training.
Russian forces blew up bridges on the Euphrates river held by Iranian militias several days ago, according to a report. This is the first time the Russians attacked Iranian targets in Syria.
The information came from a senior Syrian official who refused to be identified, and was reported in Bas News, a Kurdish news website.
This would certainly put the Iranian operations in Syria at risk. The story does not indicate what prompted the attack. Israel has been making it clear to Syria and to Russia that it would not tolerate Iranian forces in Syria it deemed a threat to its security.
Just across the border from the U.S., drug gangs slaughtered 23 people — hanging nine from a bridge and decapitating 14 more, whose heads were found stashed in coolers near the town hall.
The four men and five women discovered dangling from the Colosio Bridge in Nuevo Laredo were handcuffed, blindfolded and bore signs of torture.
A banner hanging from the bridge claimed the victims — between the ages of 25 and 30 — had committed an April 24 car bombing outside a police station, Mexican media reported.
Hours later, the 14 headless bodies were found in black bags in a gray van parked near a trade association.
The heads were in three ice chests found three hours later.
Nuevo Laredo, on the Texas border, is the site of a vicious feud between the Zeta and Gulf cartels.
Last month, another 14 bodies were found abandoned outside the mayor's office.
The drug cartels are fighting over access to the I-35 corridor which begins in Laredo and runs up the middle of the United…