Category Archives: military

On Shootings At Fort Hood And The Era Of Suicide Attacks

I’d rather take this opportunity to write about the history of gun violence in and around Fort Hood, because I was there for some of it, and it feels important to talk about it today. Continue reading

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Vacation Blogging: Stories of Secrecy

I recently came across the object below while moving some stuff around in preparation to pull up stakes; it’s my farewell card from the 1st Cavalry Division ACE. We did open source analysis before science fiction author William Gibson wrote Pattern … Continue reading

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Rolling Thunder to Desert Storm

The American war machine exists in a constant state of preparation for the previous war. In 1965, it was just perfecting the instruments of an atomic, primarily European, battlefield when Lyndon Johnson sent it into the cauldron of North Vietnam’s … Continue reading

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Chris Hayes and the H-word

“Hero” is one of the most abused words in English — or any language, for that matter. Saddam Hussein’s final TV message praised each of his regional fedayeen commanders with the honorific al-butl, “the hero;” taped in advance, it was broadcast … Continue reading

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Nuts for Nugent: the Berry Brigade

Michael Berry, radio host for KTRH AM 740, promotes listener actions by the “Berry Brigade” on the station website. Past objectives include pushing the Keystone XL pipeline, pressuring a San Antonio teacher to apologize for calling tea partiers Nazis, and demanding … Continue reading

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Atheists.org is Not Okay for the Military But Rush Limbaugh Is?

Click to embiggen. This comes from a deployed service member in Afghanistan, who says Scientology.com is not blocked, either. Bear this in mind whenever Limbaugh’s apologists whine about “censorship.”

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Rush Limbaugh Must Be Removed From Armed Forces Radio For Their Sake

My disability began with a rape — or rather, a rapist. PFC Matthew Sullins was a Marine at the Defense Language Institute charged with the sexual assault of a fellow Marine in the barracks. After confiscating his knife collection, pulling … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Lone Gunman

A yet-unnamed Army Staff Sergeant went on a rampage, killing sixteen Afghans and single-handedly undoing any goodwill left after a decade of occupation. From the NYT: Residents of three villages in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province described a terrifying … Continue reading

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On Armies and Revolution

A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier stands in line during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba, Sudan, on July 5, 2011. The last king of France had blown his treasury on foreign wars, including the American … Continue reading

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Drone Hysteria is Stupid

The Reaper drone above is fitted for death and destruction by retail. The weapons mounted on those wings are designed for accurate destruction of specific targets, not carpet-bombing a valley. Anyone who raves about a Reaper drone annihilating entire villages … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: The First Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 1941, has done far more than “live in infamy:” the shock and surprise of Japan’s attack drove the invention of our modern security apparatus. During the Cold War, fears of a ‘bolt from the blue’ Russian nuclear attack … Continue reading

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