Paul Szoldra is a journalist with past bylines at Business Insider and We Are The Mighty, and is the founder of Duffel Blog. He is a former Marine infantryman.

Paul Szoldra


Russia Is Mopping The Floor With The US In The Arctic, And It’s Downright Embarrassing

April 18, 2018

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Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft has once again appeared before Congress to basically beg for a scrap or two so the service can compete against Russia in the Arctic. In a Tuesday hearing with the House Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, Zukunft told lawmakers the US had to demonstrate it was “serious” about building a new … Read More

One Of The Scumbags Who Ambushed 4 Green Berets In Niger May Be In Custody

April 18, 2018

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At least one of the suspected attackers that ambushed and killed four American soldiers in Niger in October may be in the custody of the Nigerien military, the Associated Press reports. U.S. Ambassador Eric Whitaker told AP the head of Niger’s special forces is “hopeful” it’s a known extremist leader that was being pursued following … Read More

2 States Investigating Homeless Vets’ Charity That Spends Very Little On Homeless Vets

April 18, 2018

The New York attorney general’s office is joining the commonwealth of Virginia in investigating the non-profit Center for American Homeless Veterans, which apparently spends very little on directly supporting homeless veterans. The Center for Public Integrity reports that the group, which is headquartered in Virginia, needs to turn over documents related to its solicitation of … Read More

Congress Is About To Rein In The Forever War… Just Kidding!

April 17, 2018

A number of brave U.S. senators are attempting to pare back America’s forever war by passing a new Authorization for Use of Military Force, Defense News is reporting. Just kidding! The new AUMF of 2018, sponsored by Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), would replace the original AUMF passed in the wake of … Read More

I’m Ready To Sacrifice And Help Win In Afghanistan By Buying Booze And New Cars

April 16, 2018

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction of my life. I am pretty happy with where I am these days, and enjoy being able to write columns at Task & Purpose while also steering the direction of my website, Duffel Blog. But perhaps there is something more for me out there. Maybe there is … Read More

US Troops Have Fought ISIS In Direct Ground Combat More Than You Think

April 10, 2018

U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria sent in for the so-called “advise and assist” mission against the Islamic State have engaged in direct combat with the terror group more often than you’d think, according to individual award citations obtained by Code Red News. “I want the American people to understand how this effort … Read More

Navy SEALs Can Explain Everything To You

April 10, 2018

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Navy SEALs. They’re some of America’s toughest operators. They can swim and run for miles; trained to never give up while taking the fight to the enemy. SEALs can do everything from raiding Osama bin Laden’s house to writing bestselling books about it afterwards. They are a wealth of knowledge on diving, reconnaissance, direct action, … Read More

The CIA Officer Who Tracked Down Zarqawi Is Suing The Agency On 1st Amendment Grounds

April 6, 2018

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Former CIA officer Nada Bakos filed a lawsuit against the agency Monday on First Amendment grounds after its pre-publication review of her forthcoming memoir rendered the manuscript virtually unreadable. “When you’ve got 14 pages in a row that are just black ink, that’s problematic,” Bakos told me. “I’m sorry, but the word ‘the’ is not … Read More