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WN Day 25: Monty Python Burning Kikuyu Skit

A good empire needs torturers, but more than that it needs torturers who keep their mouths shut and tame professors who’ll never, ever mention what they find in the torture archives.

Posted on: April 14th, 2011 | Comments (84)

WN Day 24: Ray Gun vs. Evinrude

All the gizmo freaks are drooling because the US Navy has supposedly demonstrated a fearsome new “ray gun,” the HEL, High Energy Laser, designed to burn planes, missiles or boats that get too close to surface ships. The trusting Dilberts…

Posted on: April 13th, 2011 | Comments (66)

WN Blog 23: Guerrilla Funerals: Life Begins @ Death

First I have to get today’s big anniversary out of the way.

Posted on: April 12th, 2011 | Comments (34)

WN Blog Day 22: That IMF Don't Fool Around

The IMF: “Liberte, Egalite…Just Give Us the Frickin’ Money!” It was a lively weekend. Down in Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo was ruining the script by holing up in his urban bunker in Abidjan, even though the IMF and their French…

Posted on: April 11th, 2011 | Comments (52)

WN Blog Day 21: Brecher's Booke Nooke

I’ve been thinking it might be a good idea to do the Sunday blog on war books. The only problem is, there are so many great ones it’s hard to decide which one to start with.

Posted on: April 10th, 2011 | Comments (111)

WN Blog Day 20: Civil War Caturday

Gen. Earl Van Dorn: Dixie girls thought he was handsome, more proof Dixie was insane.   If you ever need to remind yourself that military command isn’t as glamorous as people think, it doesn’t hurt to go over the short,…

Posted on: April 9th, 2011 | Comments (41)

WN Blog 19: Video Souvenirs

NOTE: My links are messed up here, I realize. Found out what’s wrong. I’ll have it fixed in tomorrow’s column. Meantime, here’s the link to the video I’m talking about:   I’ve been watching the famous motorcycle-shooting video from Afghanistan,…

Posted on: April 8th, 2011 | Comments (38)

WN Blog 18: RPG vs. BMW

Which’ud Ya Rather Have, A BMW… A couple of the comments on yesterday’s blog were about comparing the RPG-7 and the M2 Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle. It’s the kind of question I used to love when I talked hardware, but…

Posted on: April 7th, 2011 | Comments (73)

WN Blog Day 17: The Swampy Smell of Econ

Ouattara: Whattarya, A Muslim Militant… Things are popping on the comment front.

Posted on: April 6th, 2011 | Comments (56)

WN Blog Day 16: One Homme, One Panga

Strange doings in Ivory Coast. Well, no, actually; what’s going on in Ivory Coast is perfectly standard West African procedure. The strange goings-on are in the way the UN has been handling things and the press has been reporting them.

Posted on: April 5th, 2011 | Comments (48)

WN Blog Day 15: Libya on $1000 A Day

One of the more interesting questions out of Libya is the tangled problem of who’s who, and who’s on who’s side. I’m starting to get some idea of who’s against Qaddafi—basically the young men, the East, and the tribes loyal to the king he booted out to take power.

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 | Comments (43)

War Nerd Blog Day 14: Four Blessed Years without Dixie

Thaddeus Stevens: Weird-looking, huh? That’s because he was a real American. Extinct now. Looks like they’re starting to find the mass graves in Ivory Coast right on schedule, but I’m going to leave the hard war news for the five…

Posted on: April 3rd, 2011 | Comments (106)

War Nerd Blog Day 13: Civil War Caturday

Grant: Never Got Over Junior High   Friday nights I read Civil War books. I noticed a European said in the comments last week how sick he is of the US Civil War. Well, my hemispherically-challenged bud, you’re not going…

Posted on: April 2nd, 2011 | Comments (40)

War Nerd Blog Day 12: Ivory Coast: Mr. Unpronounceable, c'est Outta There!

Today the action moves south, off the Libyan beaches and into the rain forest of the Ivory Coast, where rebel forces have just taken the big city, Abidjan.

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 | Comments (42)

War Nerd Blog Day 11: Rebels Fail Screen Test

Libya is such a pitiful mess that it should keep the scriptwriters going for years. For the dummies, you’ve got a good and evil story, with Qaddafi as the bad guy.

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 | Comments (62)

War Nerd Blog Day 10: Merit-Based!

The funniest story to come out of the Libya video game yet is the news that Qaddafi’s son, Khamis has outraged the LA engineering firm called AECOM that hired him by going home and shooting down heroic rebels.

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 | Comments (41)

How much would you pay for this dead reb?

How much would you pay for this dead reb?

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 | Comments (55)

War Nerd Blog Day 8: Flock of Harriers

It’s a rinkydink little toy plane with no ordnance capacity or range, so it can’t do much to kill the enemy. But it sure has killed a lot of pilots.

Posted on: March 28th, 2011 | Comments (47)

War Nerd Blog Day 7: Who Are These Luzers?

Sunday, the day the Lord appointed for revenge. And who better to practice on than the Luzer who reviewed my book back in 2008?

Posted on: March 27th, 2011 | Comments (62)

War Nerd Blog Day 6: When Fashion Meets Kaboom

My first Saturday blog. I promised seven days a week and I’ll deliver. To be honest “giving up my weekend” is not as much of a sacrifice as people seem to think.

Posted on: March 26th, 2011 | Comments (53)