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Arms and influence



The political uses of violence, for good or bad.



Published: 2009-01-20T10:20:55-08:00

 



Happy Inauguration Day

2009-01-20T10:20:55-08:00

Sorry to be away, but I've been absolutely buried in work. You can't imagine. While I continue to dig away at the pile, I'll just share a quick clip, apropos of the day: Leonard Cohen singing "Democracy."



Finally

2009-01-19T22:35:36-08:00

The last day of the Bush Administration. Now, can we have a better discussion of national security?



Man bites feral city

2008-11-12T16:29:34-08:00

During my days in academia, this sort of conference abstract would have tempted me, just to see what the hell they were talking about: Contemporary political discourse on armed violence and insecurity has been largely shaped by references to spatial...



Rocket balls

2008-11-12T16:14:18-08:00

Of course you couldn't resist reading a post with that title. A military contractor is developing a new weapon, "kinetic fireball incendiaries." But, come on, everyone's going to call them rocket balls. Yikes. How many D6 do you roll if...



Big and little crusaders

2008-11-12T12:21:40-08:00

I was agreeing with most of what I read in Andrew Bacevich's recent Atlantic Monthly article until I got to this section: Embedded within this argument over military matters is a more fundamental and ideologically charged argument about basic policy....



Send more stuff!

2008-11-12T10:49:41-08:00

Armchair Generalist has a good post about why sending more stuff to warzones isn't necessarily a measure of success--particularly if the enemy hijacks the shipments.



An Iraqi cast of millions!

2008-11-11T20:14:22-08:00

I hate the vast majority of movies about the Vietnam War, since they largely overlook the Vietnamese. Regardless of the movie's point of view--from the virulent anti-communism of The Green Berets, to the "My God we were screwed up" message...



A new Iraq narrative?

2008-11-11T19:55:34-08:00

Now that the election is behind us, how will the discussion of Iraq change? Here's my guess: Without Bush and his advisers running the show, many people will be ready to hear more about what's happening in Iraq, not in...



New rules for DOJ ball

2008-11-09T16:56:31-08:00

Whether or not the Obama Administration closes down Guantanamo Bay soon after Inauguration Day, the Department of Justice's role in counterterrorism is going to change: The cases against many detainees, at Guantanamo Bay and other facilities, have already been falling...



But is Lando a socialist?

2008-11-06T08:29:01-08:00

I'll be back to posting serious stuff later today, but in the meantime, here's a video for your enjoyment, if you're already nostalgic for the campaign season. The clip is good enough to violate my "I'm so goddamn sick of...



Congratulations, President-elect Obama

2008-11-04T22:29:41-08:00

Now let's see what this country can really do in the world.



The political side of counterinsurgency, part I

2008-11-02T14:08:46-08:00

Kenneth Payne's recent article in Parameters, "Waging Communication War," raises one of the critical questions around counterinsurgency: How does the political action part work, exactly? Payne can't possibly answer the question fully in a short article. However, it's important to...



Happy Halloween from manservant Hecubus

2008-10-31T14:02:25-07:00

Since it's Friday, and Halloween, I'm forced to post something frivolous. Here are a couple of videos from YouTube that are just right for the day.



The failure of leadership

2008-10-31T11:52:15-07:00

I've spent a good part of the last couple of days pondering the question, "What did Bing West really mean in denouncing Nir Rosen's Rolling Stone piece?" Yesterday, I jumped into the question that West (pictured to the right) raised...



The moral imperatives of war journalism

2008-10-30T19:34:39-07:00

I've had the latest Rolling Stone article about Afghanistan on my "To Read" pile for a few days. Before I could get to it, however, I got distracted by the flurry of posts about the article. The author, Nir Rosen,...