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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)