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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)

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)