Category Archives: Military

The Quality of Mercy

“Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time everywhere” -George W. Bush The western press, and the political systems it serves, are rousing themselves to a frenzy of effort to stop the Syrian government forces from re-taking … Continue reading

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Putin is Weaponizing Popularity: Newsweek is not Amused.

“The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.”  – André Breton How appropriate, to say nothing of au courant,  … Continue reading

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Red Hot Jingoism, With a Side of Apple Pie

Peruse, if you will, this sabre-rattling pile of poop. Coming on the heels of recent articles which warn that the west sees a nuclear war as both winnable and possible, even probable, and the conviction that a new western strategy … Continue reading

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Last Train From Desperateville

NATO’s sandlot team, the Atlantic Council, is off to the kind of grim start for 2016 that suggests it has given up hope, and reconciled itself to blowing the grant money on recreational drugs. Aaron Korewa’s non-stop nonsense piece for … Continue reading

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Admiral Kirby Buys a Farm

The British navy was involved in some peacetime maneuvers at sea, involving a column of cruisers. They were steaming along in formation when a signal was given to execute a ninety-degree turn. The maneuver went off flawlessly, except for one … Continue reading

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Turn On Your Receiver

Turn on your receiver, I’m gonna lay it on the line; ‘cause I’m a great believer in hangin’ on to what is mine So come over here and listen; I don’t want you to be missin’ What I say: And … Continue reading

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Violence Once Removed: War Through the Languid Filter of Bored Academia

Mark Galeotti is Professor of Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University.  Touted as a “Russia Expert”, he is also a regular feature of Brian Whitmore’s podcasts for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), as well … Continue reading

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