Death By a Thousand Threats

It’s like snowballs and snowflakes: if you take enough flakes and press them together, you might end up with a snowball. At least that’s what Battleland thought as it checked out the opening statement of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Tuesday:

It is virtually

What Makes Insurgents Tick?

It’s not – surprise! – what you think:

…We see insurgency as a form of collective, goal-focused activity that comes about when nefarious people exploit the weaknesses of a political system…And since insurgency is

Happy 10th Birthday, Guantanamo Bay

Guantanamo Bay remains the persistent headache that pretty much all Americans would like to go away. Wednesday marks its 10th birthday as home to alleged terrorists scooped up by the U.S. following the 9/11 terror …

The Changing of the Guard

I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.

The sentiment is usually attributed to Groucho Marx, but as of this week it works for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, too.

“Clintonizing” Perpetual War

In the winter of 2002, a close friend, a liberal staffer on Capitol Hill, asked me if I thought the crazy fulminations of the neocons and the tough-guy rantings of an insecure President [1] could result in a war with Iraq? My answer was something like ‘read the Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August and you will get a good idea of …

Lost & Found Department: Iraq

OK. Turns out we were asking the wrong question last Thursday when we wondered: Is Iraq falling apart? Fred Kagan, one of the architects of the 2007 “surge” of U.S. troops into Iraq that seemed to calm the chaos down, says

An Army Apart (cont.)

Echoing our cover story of last month, Army Captain Damon Armeni wonders how the U.S. military will fare if it and society continue to drift apart. Armeni, now finishing his Masters in foreign affairs at the University of …

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