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A Bunch of Stuff Happened…

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On February 18, 2009
So, lot’s of interesting defense news; read Spencer on the Afghanistan buildup and David Axe on the F-22. If you read the latter, please compare and contrast Axe’s case for purchasing more F-22s with Bowden’s; the former dispenses with myths, while the latter reinforces them; the former has a handle on the economic and strategic […]

Grenade

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On December 27, 2008

Hadn’t seen this before… I wonder how many people have survived after throwing themselves onto grenades? There’s not even a category on wikipedia: A Royal Marine who threw himself on

Little Blue Pills…

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On December 26, 2008
Creative COIN: U.S intelligence officials use “novel incentives,” but this is not limited to Viagra. Sometimes, “notoriously fickle warlords and chieftains” can be won over with tools, school equipment, and surgical assistance. But it appears the “pharmaceutical enhancements for aging patriarchs with slumping libidos” can be effective with older tribal officials. Why not just hand […]

From the Mouths of Wingnuts

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On November 15, 2008

The Astute Bloggers make a claim: I have believed from the start that Bush should have nuked Tora Bora in 2001. The GWOT would have ended right then and there. It would have sent the right message: Do

Ackerman from Afghanistan

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On September 30, 2008
Last week, Spencer Ackerman and I diavlogged about Afghanistan. Spencer was in Kabul at the time; I was merely in Cincinnati… Also check out Spencer’s Afghanistan coverage at the Washington Independent. Share

700 Cell Phones?

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On June 28, 2008

While recognizing the general principle that prisoners, even in Afghanistan, ought to have some contact with the outside world, I have to question the wisdom of allowing this: This month’s spect

Back in 2005 I sat on a panel at the University of Kentucky library on the future of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At one point the conversation became heated, with an interlocutor from the audien

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