Category Archives: war on terror

What We Talk About When We Talk About Drones

So on Thursday, May 23rd 2013, President Obama made this speech. It’s a good speech. I agree with quite a lot of it (by no means all of it.) But it’s not really fair to say that it’s reignited the … Continue reading

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The Zelikow Memorandum

The newly-unearthed Zelikow memorandum is interesting as historic record, like the dissenting opinion in an 8-1 Supreme Court decision. There has been some speculation that it provides a “smoking gun” to reopen the possibility of criminal prosecutions for torture, but … Continue reading

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Warmongers of Capitol Hill

Last week, President Obama issued a veto threat against Congressional override of Defense cuts “triggered” by the failure of the so-called “supercommittee.” This week, defense contractors are preparing their investors for lean times ahead: (T)he industry is facing pressure on … Continue reading

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So a new book has revealed that the Secret Service narrowly avoided an assassination attempt of Bill Clinton by Osama bin Laden. Over at True/Slant, Jamie Malanowski wonders why America was never told: Surely the incident, in combination with the … Continue reading

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Afghanistan Delusions

A new Senate report states the obvious: WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden was unquestionably within reach of U.S. troops in the mountains of Tora Bora when American military leaders made the crucial and costly decision not to pursue the terrorist … Continue reading

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Divide and Conquer

From Global Post: KABUL — Moderate leaders of the Taliban say they have quietly and steadily made progress in third-party talks between the active Taliban insurgency and representatives of the Afghan and U.S. governments. Two Taliban leaders — who held … Continue reading

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Temporary Tyranny

From November of 1992 to January 2001, wingnuts made endless predictions of the demise of freedom in Bill Clinton’s hands. This was not restricted to rabid outliers, either — it infected mainstream conservative opinion. Then came George Bush. Those same … Continue reading

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India’s 9/11 is India’s Sixties

Some eerily familiar elements are emerging as the shock wears off. India’s intelligence agencies were warned about possible amphibious attacks in that city, specifically at the Taj Hotel. The terrorists seem to have hoped that their tenuous links to Pakistan … Continue reading

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Bush and the SOFA

The Decider was in such a hurry to complete a Status Of Forces Agreement with Iraq that he made some major concessions. Actually, he kind of conceded the whole War on Terror thing. In what has to be the strangest … Continue reading

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Of Patriots and Taxes

Patriotism then: Patriotism now:

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The Torture Fallacy

You, sitting there reading this. Sit still. Do not move. We are coming to get you. You have been accused of crimes against America, and your only hope is to confess. We have prepared a cell in a secure and … Continue reading

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