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War Nerd Day 5: Waiting for the Money Shot

This is what it must be like to go to a stage play and wait around between scenes while they wheel the props off and drag in the new ones. The next act is coming up, and it’s pretty clear what it’s going to be: PR war, tribal deal-making war.

Posted on: March 25th, 2011 | Comments (35)

WN Day 4: Turret Skillets and Gremlin Holes

Whoa, things are heating up in a good way around here. First I want to thank everybody who helped with my puzzlement over that shot of an MBT with its turret popped off, lying in the sand 30 yards away…

Posted on: March 24th, 2011 | Comments (63)

WN Blog Day 3: Blown Turrets, Human Shields...Thank You, Libya!

Who ever imagined Libya…I mean Libya, with a record of O-and-Forever, with a knockout from Chad on its record…would put on a show like this? Some of the pictures I’ve seen are so amazing I’ve been trying to figure them…

Posted on: March 23rd, 2011 | Comments (52)

WN Day Two: F-15-1

Libya’s newest fun park: Find the scorpion in the F-15 wreckage A US F15E Strike Eagle went down over Libya today. Supposedly “equipment malfunction” brought it down. Also supposedly, both pilots are back in US hands. One was picked up…

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 | Comments (54)

War Nerd Blog: Day One, Year Zero

“I intend to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.” U. S. Grant at Spotsylvania Court House *** I’m switching tactics today. No more of those cumbersome massed offensives, meaning columns four or five thousand words…

Posted on: March 21st, 2011 | Comments (41)

THE WAR NERD: Assassinations: Where Accounting Meets Human Resources

There’ve been a few interesting assassinations recently. Not around here, unfortunately. Definitely not the one in Tucson. The dork empties a huge magazine into a crowd, kills nine people including a little girl, and doesn’t even kill the congresswoman he…

Posted on: February 17th, 2011 | Comments (93)

The War Nerd On Af-Pak: Losing the Long War, One Man at A Time

Want to see how we lose men in Afghanistan? Are you sure? Well, if you really want to, you can, thanks to this clip from French TV (scroll down to view it ). I warn you though, it’s pretty nasty stuff.

Posted on: February 10th, 2011 | Comments (92)

War Nerd: Spartacus Live on Al Jazeera!

While we wait for Egypt to finish cooking, there’s some great footage to watch. It may not be warfare as practiced by Lee and Grant, but it’s weirdly close to what urban combat must have been like before firearms. If…

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011 | Comments (75)

The War Nerd: Market Lessons from the Pashtun

“You know, win or lose, I gotta say I love my day job”: The Pashtun positive work ethic I’ve been watching the news out of Afg—I like it spelled that way, “Afg”; kinda gets the spirit of the thing. The…

Posted on: December 30th, 2010 | Comments (92)

The War Nerd: XM25: Gee Whiz, How Can We Be Losing with Such Cool Stuff?

This article was first published by AlterNet. If you didn’t know better, you’d get all excited reading about the Army’s new shoulder-fired cannon, the XM-25. It’s being hyped as a “game-changing” weapon that will literally blow the Taliban out of…

Posted on: December 20th, 2010 | Comments (68)

The War Nerd: War & Weather...Plus: Hyundai vs. Autism: Whoop-De-Doo!

Guess I should start this off with Korea, the North hammering that Southern island and the South responding like a big sister dealing with her autistic little brother: “Ow, I wonder what made him hit me in the face that…

Posted on: November 26th, 2010 | Comments (62)

The War Nerd Returns: Be Famous Or Be Shot Tryin'

I know, I know, I’ve been AWOL a long time. Shoot me. No, seriously. I wouldn’t object. It’d be great to get shot, as long as it was quick and fatal, not somewhere like the shin, where you scream like…

Posted on: July 19th, 2010 | Comments (115)

A Memorial Day War Nerd: Gettysburg Was The Finest Fight Ever In The World

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. But the battle,…

Posted on: May 30th, 2010 | Comments (34)

Homage To Haiti: A War Nerd Classic

This article was first published in The eXile on February 19, 2004. Haiti popped into the news again, and I decided it was time to tell the whole military history of the place. It’s got to be the most amazing,…

Posted on: January 13th, 2010 | Comments (54)

The War Nerd Looks At Yemen: An Exile Classic

This article was first published in The eXile on November 13, 2002. Reading the leaks from Washington, you can tell we’re gearing up to do something in Yemen. A little regime-change action maybe, a sideshow to the big production number in…

Posted on: December 31st, 2009 | Comments (27)

The War Nerd: Hardware For Dummies: V-22 Osprey Takes The Pepsi Challenge Against F-18 Hornet

This article first appeared in The eXile on February 21, 2008. FRESNO, CA — OK, let’s talk hardware for once. I love the hardware, always have; the reason I don’t talk much about it is that what we’ve got is…

Posted on: December 4th, 2009 | Comments (53)

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)