And The Military Looked At Industry, And Industry Looked At The Military, And No One Could Tell Who Was Who

By: Monday December 27, 2010 9:38 am

Give Bryan Bender and the Boston Globe a Pulitzer for this doggedly-reported piece on how ubiquitous it is for retired generals who represent defense corporations to be included in decision-making on major military programs. It’s a wonderful piece that defies quick bloggery, but check out Jack Keane’s pull in stopping the cancellation of the Humvee [...]


By: Monday December 27, 2010 8:42 am

The Wall Street Journal scores some classified United Nations maps of Afghanistan showing the deterioration of security in the north and west without notable improvements in security in the south and east during 2010. Joshua Foust properly notes that he told you so. I’m not going to embed the images of the maps, since I’m [...]

Tool Up

By: Sunday December 26, 2010 12:00 pm

Temper your expectations about China, as it’s got to buy its weapons from the Russians: The bluster about the emergence of a superpower is undermined by national defense industries that can’t produce what China needs. Although the United States is making changes in response to China’s growing military power, experts and officials believe it will [...]

To The East: Deterioration

By: Sunday December 26, 2010 10:00 am

The eastern provinces of Afghanistan abutting the Pakistani tribal areas provide cross-border access to the Taliban-led insurgent coalition. Whatever else you think about the Afghanistan war, the Obama administration decided in 2009 to deemphasize security operations in the east at the expense of a wide-ranging effort to reverse Taliban momentum in the south. The best [...]

Sink, Florida, Sink!

By: Friday December 24, 2010 9:54 am

Florida’s fusion center monitors anti-BP protests; Ron Paul rallies; demonstrations against the Gaza flotilla raid; Code Pink rallies; and other well-known epicenters of Consitutionally-protected speech terrorism. Thank you, Public Intelligence.

Two Middle Fingers To Anwar al-Awlaki

By: Friday December 24, 2010 9:07 am

Salafist Saudi cleric Salman al-Ouda pens a denunciation of Awlaki’s bloodthirstiness: The single-minded pursuit of resistance and fighting will not improve the state of the people. It will not develop them morally, nor will it strengthen their faith. It can neither foster economic development nor stabilize society. It won’t build mosques, schools or factories. It [...]

‘Take The Kurds Under Your Tanks, And Save Your Bullets For The Iranian Revolutionary Guards’

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 10:26 am

I think it was 2003 or 2004 when I happened by a rally thrown by supporters of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq on Capitol Hill. It attracted maybe 100 middle-aged Iranian emigres from the Virginia suburbs. Their bored twenty-something girls in pink sweatclothes tried their hardest not to fall asleep standing up; I tried my hardest not to [...]

One Last New START Observation

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 7:03 pm

SOMEWHERE IN MICHIGAN — Line of the day on the politics of New START goes to Dave Weigel. START was only a win because Republicans stupidly chose to fight on it… Back when John Strausbaugh was editing New York Press he used to say lines like that possessed “bitch-slap accuracy.” Josh Rogin reports that Jon [...]

I Said This Day Would Never Come

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 2:09 pm

SOMEWHERE NEAR DETROIT, FAR FROM D.C. AND MY TWEETDECK ISN’T WORKING, SO CHALK ANY OUTDATEDNESS UP TO THAT — My track record of predictions is pretty stone-cold awful. And yet I never learn my lesson, probably because that would make for joie-de-vivre-starved blogging. But if there’s one thing I really didn’t expect, it’s the now-inevitable [...]

What Would The Indefinite-Detention Executive Order Prevent?

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 9:55 am

There’s still a basic confusion about what question the ‘re-habeas’ review panels set up for prolonged detention of terror suspects is supposed to answer. How can a judge establish whether someone’s still a threat to the U.S. — a question that doesn’t have anything to do with the law? Ah, but maybe a judge won’t, [...]