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War Nerd: What’s Holdin’ You Up, Muammar?

I’m back, thanks to the don’t-call-it-a-depression. Thanks to this brief correction in the US economy, then. My new job lasted three months. I did all the right things, too, even smiled. Didn’t matter. I was the last hired, and you…

Posted on: August 17th, 2011 | Comments (78)

The War Nerd Vs. Neocon Knucklehead Victor Davis Hanson: A War Nerd Classic

For your reading pleasure, The eXiled is reposting one of the War Nerd’s most famous–and hilarious–episodes: The epic battle pitting Gary Brecher against neocon historian Victor Davis Hanson, guru to Dick Cheney and “Scooter” Libby. Like Bull Run, this battle…

Posted on: July 29th, 2011 | Comments (40)

Dylan Ratigan Talks Shop With The War Nerd About Libya on Radio Free Dylan

Watch The Dylan Ratigan show weekdays at 4pm EST. Also, check out Dylan Ratigan’s podcasts…

Posted on: May 26th, 2011 | Comments (50)

The War Nerd: Osama Porn

The second I had to quit daily blogging they got Osama. That was just one of the joys of starting a new job: Seeing all that great material wasted on mainstream journalists who have got to be the dumbest, most…

Posted on: May 15th, 2011 | Comments (87)

WN 40*: Pause for Breakdown

You’re gonna have to give me the weekend off. I moved yesterday. To a new town, new job. Trusted Google Maps to get me there. Don’t ever do that. That’s what I think must have happened to that famous lost…

Posted on: April 30th, 2011 | Comments (166)

WN 40: Syria Wobble

Something’s been going on in Syria for a while now. I’ve already written about the Deraa protests as an example of the big role guerrilla funerals play in irregular war, but it’s time to look at the more general prospects…

Posted on: April 29th, 2011 | Comments (38)

WN 39: The War Nerd Surveys The Baltic Armies

Years ago I got an angry email from somebody claiming to be in one of the Baltic militaries. Whoever he was, he wrote in grammatically perfect English so he just had to be from Northern Europe. We can’t talk English…

Posted on: April 28th, 2011 | Comments (84)

WN 38 IRA vs. Al Qaeda: I Was Wrong

  Before I confess how wrong I was about a big issue, I’ll give myself a little pat on the head for being right about a much smaller deal, the Afghan jailbreak I talked about two days ago.

Posted on: April 27th, 2011 | Comments (150)

WN 37: Is There an Al Qaeda?

There are times when you look back and wish you’d had the courage to say what you were thinking. With me it’s a spotty record: Sometimes I do, but more often I wimp out. I wish now I’d said the…

Posted on: April 26th, 2011 | Comments (78)

WN 36: Taliban "Escape"

You can’t keep a good Talib down. Or in jail, apparently.

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 | Comments (28)

WN 35: The War Nerd Looks At War Movies

Last Sunday I was grumbling about how there are so many great books about war and not that many great war movies. That got a lot of readers lobbing in their suggestions for good war movies. One reminded me that…

Posted on: April 24th, 2011 | Comments (119)

WN 34: Monitor and Merrimack, My Ironclad Gods

Today’s Civil War Caturday (by the way, that’s pronounced “Kivil War Katurday”), right in the middle of Easter. Got me thinking about my religion, if I have one now, and I realized I do, kind of: The Monitor and the…

Posted on: April 23rd, 2011 | Comments (88)

WN 33: The Battle of Breitenfeld

Seems like I ought to do something religious today, so I picked a battle from the the ultimate military expression of religious devotion: The Thirty Years War (1618-1648), Europe’s way of debating the Catholic vs. Protestant thing by counting corpses.

Posted on: April 22nd, 2011 | Comments (68)

WN 32: One Oscar-Nom Dead in Libya!

Somebody with a face finally died in Libya. His name was Tim Hetherington, an Oxford literature graduate who made that documentary Restrepo about an Afghan base.

Posted on: April 21st, 2011 | Comments (63)

WN 31: Nigeria's Election Riots: Just Voting by Other Means

Stories about the riots in Northern Nigeria are starting to come in, full of amazing details and ridiculous lies. The lies are the first thing you notice.

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 | Comments (34)

WN 30: Cripple Fight In Libya

One of the strange things about this war in Libya is how slowly it’s moving.

Posted on: April 19th, 2011 | Comments (53)

WN 29: West African Ethnic Geology

Today we’ve got election riots in Northern Nigeria, a military mutiny in Burkina Faso, and massacres in Ivory Coast. They look like separate stories, but they’re not. It’s all one story, a long, slow war between the coastal christianized people…

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 | Comments (45)

WN 28: Your Book Pix

Today I wanted to talk about the great nominations y’all provided last week when I asked for people’s favorite war books.

Posted on: April 17th, 2011 | Comments (172)

WN Day 27: Civil War Memoirs

Battle of Rich Mountain: McClellan Wimpout Preview Lately I’ve been reading soldiers’ memoirs, mostly from the Western Theater of the Civil War. A lot of them are by Ohio men, and you realize quickly that Grant wasn’t so unique. He…

Posted on: April 16th, 2011 | Comments (36)

WN Day 26: Lulls 'n' Lies Over Ivory Coast & Kenya

Ble Goude: Looks tough; good fall guy. We’re in one of the lulls, war-wise, where the short bursts of action stop so the lawyers and whiners can sing their little songs. In Ivory Coast, the UN public-relations department is doing…

Posted on: April 15th, 2011 | Comments (58)