Monthly Archives: February 2010

Five armies that aren't afraid of gay soldiers

No one calls the Israeli Army a pushover. British soldiers aren’t wimps, and certainly not  tough Australian “Diggers”. So why is it these armies can successfully integrate gays into their ranks, while the U.S. is stuck in “Don’t Ask, Don’t … Continue reading

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Was suicide pilot a right-wing activist?

A small aircraft has crashed into an IRS office in Austin, and authorities say it was deliberate. The pilot, identified as 53-year-old Joseph Andrew Stack, left a rambling letter on the Web that definitely looks like a suicide note. Stack … Continue reading

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No more assassinations in the Age of Surveillance?

The killers of Mahmoud al-Mabhou weren’t very bright. There were at least 11 assassins of the top Hamas commander; 10 men and one woman. We know that because their faces have been plastered across the Internet, courtesy of closed-circuit TV … Continue reading

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Please, not another turning point in Afghanistan

No, no, no. Not again. CNN’s headline says, “Capture may be turning point in Afghan war”. Does this sound familiar? Here’s the lead paragraph of a June 2006 Washington Post story on the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of … Continue reading

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Taliban rear-ended by Toyota recall

Why is America spending billions on high-tech missiles, when all it needs to wipe out the Taliban is a defective brake pedal? Toyota pickups are the favorite vehicle of the Taliban. Bigshots like Bin Laden – at least when he … Continue reading

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They shoot generals, don't they?

The French Revolution had a brilliant idea for motivating their generals. A commander of the revolutionary armies who lost a battle was judged a traitor, or at least someone who lacked the proper zeal for the New Order. So for … Continue reading

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Why the U.S. Army doesn't use the Xbox

Like some twitching testosterone teenage gamer, the U.S. Army loves video games. They’re a cheap way to train young soldiers (who are basically teenage gamers anyway). But why doesn’t the Army doesn’t use console games like the Xbox? The Army … Continue reading

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