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


The Iraq War Was A Mistake. So Why Can’t Gen. Petraeus Finally Admit It?

March 21, 2018

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Just days after the 15th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March, 2003, I wonder why it’s still difficult for one of our nation’s most-respected commanders of the war, Gen. David Petraeus, to admit what many already know: Going into Iraq was a mistake. Petraeus was asked recently by Task & Purpose whether … Read More

The A-Hole Teacher Who Bullied A Student For Wearing A USMC Sweatshirt Has Been Fired

March 21, 2018

The high school history teacher from El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, Calif. who famously called military service members the “lowest of our low” earlier this year has finally been fired. The El Rancho school board voted Tuesday to fire Gregory Salcido, 49, following numerous complaints about his behavior in the classroom on Jan. … Read More

Rob O’Neill Wants The Photos Of Bin Laden’s Corpse Released To The Public

March 19, 2018

The former Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden in the face during the 2011 raid on his compound wants the photos of the Al Qaeda leader’s dead body finally released to the public. Robert O’Neill called on American political leaders to do so during an interview with El Mundo published last week. “It’s something … Read More

The Anatomy Of A Bullsh*t SAS Sniper Story

March 19, 2018

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“The shot was one in a million.” That’s a quote from a new “exclusive” from Patrick Williams in the UK’s Daily Star, published Monday with the headline SAS sniper’s ‘one in a million’ shot slays ISIS chief. But it’s only one among many seemingly “one in a million” stories written by Williams at The Star, offering apparent … Read More

Get Pumped: Soldiers Are About To Get MRE Pizza That Can Last For 3 Years

March 19, 2018

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Hey bro, did you hear about that new pizza joint a couple blocks from the gate? Dude, it’s awesome. They make pizza there that can last for three frickin’ years. What??? Does it taste good? Whoa whoa there. Let’s not talk about that one. Yeah, that’s right, pizza lovers. The U.S. Army has used its … Read More

Afghanistan’s Ambassador Says We’re Not In A Forever War. That’s True, Since We’re All Going To Die When The Sun Explodes.

March 15, 2018

Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United States told Task & Purpose Pentagon reporter Jeff Schogol Wednesday that the war in his country isn’t a “forever war.” Which is absolutely true, if you consider that war will come to a quick end after the sun explodes and engulfs our entire planet in about 5 billion years. Now normally, … Read More

The Taliban Is Waging An Online Flame War Against The United States

March 15, 2018

One of the best online Twitter trolls isn’t a Russian posing as an American political junkie or your crazy uncle with the default egg profile photo. It’s a middle-aged dude with a beard and turban whose goal is to retake Afghanistan and implement Sharia law. Yes, it turns out that the Taliban, the former Afghan government … Read More

Defense Secretary Mattis Has Some Questions To Answer About A Company Just Charged With ‘Massive Fraud’

March 14, 2018

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Blood-testing startup Theranos Inc. and its founder and chief executive Elizabeth Holmes, once the darlings of Silicon Valley, agreed today to settle charges of “massive fraud” leveled against them by the SEC. And the company’s scandal-ridden flameout could cause some awkward moments for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Let me explain. Theranos became a hot property … Read More