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Exile Classic (The War Nerd): Nepal: Peace, Love, Massacres

This article was first published in The eXile on November 27, 2002 Ever wanna go to Kathmandu? Not me. I was never a hippie. The hippie types always talked about heading off to Nepal for spiritual enlightenment, but it sounded…

Posted on: October 12th, 2009 | Comments (38)

Blackwater: Stop Acting Surprised

One thing you notice more and more the longer you hang around this sleazy world is the way mainstream types can’t admit to the obvious. They always have to act shocked. So it’s like, “Bond Mogul Convicted of Fraud”-oh, the…

Posted on: August 11th, 2009 | Comments (97)

War Nerd: Battle Paintings: I May Not Know Much about Art, But I’ve Got A Gun

When the fourth of July rolls around, you’re supposed to think of, I don’t know, the Constitution and backyard cookouts like in old Chevy ads—but for me, it’s really Gettysburg we’re celebrating. Greatest battle in American history.

Posted on: July 7th, 2009 | Comments (86)

War Nerd Book Review: A Neocon Thriller That Has Cool Lefties Turning Into Rabid Jew-hating Nazis After A Glass of Wine

Summer Reading: Banquo’s Ghosts, by Richard Lowry and Keith Korman, Vanguard Press (2009), 352 pages. You have to feel a little sorry for the two neocons who co-wrote Banquo’s Ghosts. The idea seems simple enough: a Tom Clancy-style thriller about a…

Posted on: June 26th, 2009 | Comments (32)

War Nerd: Iran's Cedar Show, A.K.A. Don't Get Excited, the Protestors Are Just Letting Off Some Steam

It took me a while to figure out why everybody was nagging me to do a column on the Iranian elections. Everybody seemed to think it was all mysterious and world-shaking. Finally I realized, you’re all het up because every…

Posted on: June 18th, 2009 | Comments (72)

When Pigs Fly--and Scold: Brits Lecturing Sri Lanka!

Kandy Man with long name who fought the Brits. Key fact: in Sri Lanka heroes were allowed to get fat, another reason to like the place. You see some pretty sick stuff when you do my job, but I just…

Posted on: May 22nd, 2009 | Comments (141)

Sri Lanka War Nerd Update: Prabhy Dies Yellow

Cheech Marin moonlighting as the leader of the Tamil Tigers? I have to say “Thank you, God of War,” because we just saw a decisive victory in a war, for once. I never thought I’d live to see the day….

Posted on: May 20th, 2009 | Comments (37)