We have a sneaking suspicion that McCallister was deliberately left at home as part of some sadistic training regimen and pitted against unsuspecting burglars so he could refine and sharpen his tactical skills. Okay, that might not be true, but McCallister has a very impressive understanding of military tactics for someone his age. However, his innate affinity for setting up ambushes, traps, and conducting reconnaissance is undermined by his lack of experience.
To help any future home defenders protect their Christmas presents, we analyzed “Home Alone” and reviewed McCallister’s tactical missteps, along with the things we think he does well.
A word that could once not be mentioned in court — torture — was front and center on Friday as a military tribunal prepares to take on the long-delayed trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the confessed chief plotter of the 9/11 attacks, and four other defendants.
"I know torture's a dirty word," defense attorney Walter Ruiz told the tribunal. "I'll tell you what, judge, I'm not going to sanitize this for their concerns."
A 19-year-old Army private who died during basic training earlier this month was posthumously promoted to private first class, just before friends and family gathered for a memorial service to honor his life on Jan. 16.