World update: March 20 2018

Happy Nowruz to anyone who is celebrating today. My appreciation for spring is being tempered by the eight inches of snow the weather tells me we’re about to get tonight, but your mileage may vary. CLIMATE CHANGE A new study from NASA, which is probably going to get its funding cut over this, finds that… Continue reading World update: March 20 2018

Middle East update: February 14 2018

SYRIA One addendum to yesterday’s update. When I cited the New York Times on estimates of Russian casualties in last week’s US airstrikes in Deir Ezzor, I somehow let this gem of a sentence slide past me: The attack occurred in the vicinity of Deir al-Zour, a strategic, oil-rich territory that is coveted by the Syrians.… Continue reading Middle East update: February 14 2018

World update: January 19 2018

THE TERRORISM COLA WARS Al-Qaeda, or at least individual al-Qaeda branches, are reportedly trying to take advantage of ISIS’s misfortunes by undertaking recruitment efforts to poach fighters away from the newer upstart. This phenomenon has been reported in North Africa, the Sahel, Syria, and Yemen. So far it doesn’t appear to have borne much fruit,… Continue reading World update: January 19 2018

Conflict update: March 30-31 2017

Skipping yesterday was probably a bad idea. There’s plenty here for a two-parter, so as I’ve done before I’m going to put all the Middle Eastern stuff in a separate post. 320 MILLION FOOLS AND OUR MONEY The F-35 is the most expensive weapon (well, it’s intended to be a weapon, anyway) ever manufactured, with… Continue reading Conflict update: March 30-31 2017

Never-ending war is officially never going to end

We’ve always been at war with Eastasia in Afghanistan. Well, OK, it only seems like we have. But that’s not changing any time soon: The United States will halt its military withdrawal from Afghanistan and instead keep thousands of troops in the country through the end of his term in 2017, President Obama announced on… Continue reading Never-ending war is officially never going to end

This is not how you win hearts and minds

This needs a preface. I try very hard to be culturally sensitive, something I hope is clear from reading this blog. Yes, I like to have some fun, and frequently get outraged, at the antics of societies and governments in other parts of the world and at different points in history, but certainly no more… Continue reading This is not how you win hearts and minds

How do they fight in those pumps?

I realize that Rick Wiles is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, nor is he above, let’s say, some creative exaggeration for effect. But still, you have to be pretty rockheaded and/or disingenuous to get from “allowing transgender people to serve openly in the US military” to “America’s new transvestite army,” right? And the… Continue reading How do they fight in those pumps?