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


A Terrorist Group Banned Plastic Bags To Protect The ‘Well Being’ Of People Under Its Control

July 5, 2018

No, this isn’t a Duffel Blog article. Terrorist group al-Shabab has banned single-use plastic bags in areas of Somalia it controls, citing the “serious threat” they pose to the “well-being of both humans and animals,” according to the BBC. The ban on evil plastic shopping bags came through a statement on a pro-Shabab website. It … Read More

Trump’s Pentagon Quietly Made A Change To The Stated Mission It’s Had For Two Decades

June 29, 2018

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For at least two decades, the Department of Defense has explicitly defined its mission on its website as providing “the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.” But earlier this year, it quietly changed that statement, perhaps suggesting a more ominous approach to national security. The Pentagon’s official … Read More

Be All You Can Be And Help The US Army Come Up With A New Slogan

June 28, 2018

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The U.S. Army is looking to replace its “Army Strong” slogan with something that has a little more pop, a little more pizzazz, and a little more “Be All You Can Be” to inspire the next generation of recruits. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey said Monday the service wants to change up its … Read More

Navy Chief, Recipient Of Five Good Conduct Medals, Decides To Forgo Sixth

June 28, 2018

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A U.S. Navy Chief who has received five Good Conduct Medals for his time in service has apparently decided to forgo his sixth. While watching a sand soccer game in Virginia Beach earlier this month, Chief Engineman Jordan Lee Grinnell, 38, allegedly jumped into the action and repeatedly punched a 14-year-old kid in the face … Read More

We Are Never Leaving Afghanistan

June 19, 2018

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If you thought the United States was ever going to leave Afghanistan, the hearing on Tuesday to confirm Lt. Gen. Austin S. Miller to lead the coalition presence there should do away with that assumption. Some 17 years after U.S. troops and CIA operatives made their way in, the mission, according to Miller’s testimony, is … Read More

Move Over, Mattis: The Air Force Has A Real-Life Warrior Monk

June 18, 2018

Secretary Jim Mattis has earned himself some colorful nicknames over the years. He’s sometimes referred to as “Mad Dog” (even though he totally hates that one) or “Chaos,” and since he’s known to be a deep military thinker who’s never been married, many know him as “Warrior Monk.” But that last one should probably be … Read More

This DoD Photo Is Just Begging For A Caption Contest

June 14, 2018

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There’s so much going on in this recent photograph above, published on the Defense Department’s official website. The official caption explains that a U.S. Marine from Charlie Co., 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was helping others get through a barbed wire obstacle while training in Latvia. But what I see is a U.S. Marine with … Read More

These Veterans Made A Shakespearean Play Starring Tom Hanks A Reality

June 14, 2018

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Nicest guy in Hollywood and A-list actor Tom Hanks is currently starring in Henry IV, a play by William Shakespeare, and a substantial number of veterans are the backbone of the production. “I’m playing Falstaff in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles production of Henry IV, on this very stage, that has in fact, been … Read More