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Tank Man and Tank Commander

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On June 16, 2009
What follows is a long, largely unoriginal rumination on the state, coercion, the Odessa Steps, and Tank Man. Skip to the end for trivial observations about the current situation in Iran. Or just skip entirely… The modern nation state is an extremely efficient killing machine. We know this from our Tilly; the nation-state replaced its […]

Iran Election Thoughts

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On June 12, 2009
Mahmound Ahmadinejad is a billion times worse than Hitler, unless he loses the election, in which case he was always irrelevant. … each major candidate seem to believe that he won by forty points. Such views are not, as they say, reconcilable. Could be trouble on the streets of Tehran tonight… …Moussavi continues to claim […]

Does Israel Have a Secure Second Strike Capability?

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On December 4, 2008
Peter Juul makes the case: Israel’s nuclear deterrent is shrouded in secrecy, but it is estimated to have between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads. Like the United States, Israel’s nuclear delivery forces are structured to form a “triad” of air, land, and sea-based systems. Israel’s long-range F-15I and F-16I strike aircraft are believed to be […]

Is There a Monkey Gap?

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On July 26, 2008

Appalling from a variety of perspectives: Hundreds of endangered African monkeys are being taken from their natural habitat and sold for scientific experiments, as well to a “secretive” biological

At Crazy George’s, EVERYTHING MUST GO!!!!

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On July 9, 2008
Dan Nexon has a good post about the frenzy of dealmaking that the Bush administration is pursuing in an effort to “lock in” policy preferences before the transition to a new administration. Unfortunately, the rest of the world is aware that the United States holds Presidential elections every four years, that Barack Obama is currently […]

Yglesias vs. Kirchick

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On July 9, 2008

The main point here seems to be that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says many things about Israel, and that the sum total of these things is incoherent contradiction. As such, it doesn’t make a ton of sens

Ooh! A Helpful Chart!

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On July 8, 2008

Is Iran a threat to the existence of the United States? Joltin’ Joe Lieberman says yes: Obviously Israel is first in the line of Iranian fire. And it represents an existential threat to Israel.

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