Tag Archives: United States armed forces

War is great for gays

The Iraq and Afghan wars may be the best news for the gay community in years. Not that gays like war any more than straights. But the times are a-changin’ when the nation’s top military leaders endorse the repeal of … Continue reading

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34,000 drops in the Afghan bucket

I don’t have a telepathic telescope into Obama’s mind,. If I did, the Secret Service would arrest me. But I would give two weeks of scarce Oregon winter sunshine to find out what he really expects to gain by sending … Continue reading

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Farrakhan says Fort Hood shooter was provoked

Blame it on the Jews, George Bush, and all the other persecutors of innocent American Muslims. They’re the ones who provoked poor Nidal Malik Hassan into murdering 13 people at Fort Hood, says Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. In … Continue reading

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Taliban home video of attack on U.S. soldiers

[youtubevid id=”_2e6w8makEg”]ABC News has shown video that the Taliban shot when they attacked an outpost at Wanat and killed nine American soldiers in July 2008. I’m less than a tactical genius;¬† you wouldn’t want to trust me with a platoon … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia radicalized U.S. soldiers

Saudi Arabia vigorously attempted to convert American soldiers to fundamentalist¬† Islam during the First Persian Gulf War, according to the Middle East Strategy at Harvard project. Gal Luft, an energy security expert, quotes Rick Francona, an aide to General Norman … Continue reading

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Terrorists determined to attack U.S. military bases

It’s too early to say who was responsible for the attack at Fort Hood. But the fact that the Army is reporting multiple shooters indicates an organized group. Before we automatically blame Al Qaeda, it’s important to remember that the … Continue reading

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Counterinsurgency doesn't compute

When I was in graduate school studying political science, I encountered a lot of quantitative theory, especially in peace research. That basically meant a bunch of professors coming up with mathematical models for predicting when wars would occur. Problem was, … Continue reading

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