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The War Nerd / August 17, 2011

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 know how that one finishes up. They were sorry to see me go, and could you go right now, please? We need the monitor.

I missed a lot of great stuff in the war world these last few months. I’ll try to catch up, item by item, as often as I can. In between those application letters that make you feel even worse than usual, and getting the 12 or so hours of sleep that you need when being awake means remembering you’re totally useless, nobody wants you, just like you always figured.

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  • 1. anon  |  August 21st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    You got shit canned just in time Brecher. Gaddaffi is going down like Monica Lewinsky today.

  • 2. Bob  |  August 21st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Rebel amphibious assault! No actual action shown, sadly.

    I’m surprised by how rapidly and completely his support has folded, this may be the most embarrassingly ineffectual attempt to put down a revolt since Ceausescu.

  • 3. Jose  |  August 21st, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    So Mr Brecher is right again. Well done.

    Also lol @ Alex (43).

  • 4. José Cruz  |  August 21st, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    If you have any sense left in you, back-pack to a nicer, cheaper, warmer country; and never go back home. That´s a fucking nightmare what your going through. Everybody is fucked up there, I mean, I met this punk turist age 23 or something, and the piece of shit was already indebted 15 thousand dollars and knew he was going to inherit even more debt from his parents. What is keeping you people from revolting is beyond me. Wusses. But you can always defect.

  • 5. José Cruz  |  August 21st, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Promise good reiki for you when I read a matter of factly note on Trípoli.

  • 6. Esn  |  August 21st, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Looks like the latest events have Chavez scared; he’s decided to physically take back all of Venezuela’s gold reserves from the Western countries where they’re stored.

    I wonder if this will be a trend.

  • 7. Max  |  August 21st, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I guess all that Russian weaponry didn’t amount to dick. Night night Muammar.

    NATO and the rebels had a plan. We just weren’t privy to the details.

    Lightening attack with properly prepared forces. Game over.

  • 8. CB  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 am

    Hi, I have a job and yet the only place I can get published is in the comments section here. And even then I’m such a fucking sad retard that my comments aren’t even good enough to get posted as-is, so I have to rely on the Exiled Censor to improve whatever soggy-brained garbage pours out of this little stegasaur mind of mine. That said, War Nerd you are the fucking best in the world. I tried to pretend that I’m not jealous of the fact that tens of thousands of us read you all the time, but I failed. I am sorry; please forgive me.
    Your fanboy
    Fagbag Burke

  • 9. CB  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I’m sorry, I don’t care if you think I’m jealous of the WN for some reason.

    #43 Alex must be made fun of for saying Qaddafi is still around because the people of Libya support him, two days before the people drop him like a bad habit.

    Especially since this “insight” was attributed to Alex’s “success”. BWA HA HA!

  • 10. Phoenix Woman  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 7:25 am

    By the way, can we put a fork in the whole “the rebels want the oil” bullshit? Please?

    This doesn’t pass the laugh test to anyone with a functioning brain stem. As Juna Cole says (

    Libya was already integrated into the international oil markets, and had done billions of deals with BP, ENI, etc., etc. None of those companies would have wanted to endanger their contracts by getting rid of the ruler who had signed them. They had often already had the trauma of having to compete for post-war Iraqi contracts, a process in which many did less well than they would have liked. ENI’s profits were hurt by the Libyan revolution, as were those of Total SA. and Repsol. Moreover, taking Libyan oil off the market through a NATO military intervention could have been foreseen to put up oil prices, which no Western elected leader would have wanted to see, especially Barack Obama, with the danger that a spike in energy prices could prolong the economic doldrums. An economic argument for imperialism is fine if it makes sense, but this one does not, and there is no good evidence for it (that Qaddafi was erratic is not enough), and is therefore just a conspiracy theory.

  • 11. CB  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 7:50 am

    @ 48 Sick and Wrong:

    What do you think about your superior and unbiased Russian translators now? Maybe some things said in English aren’t lies? Maybe it should have been a hint as to the quality of these sources when they claimed that ALL tribes supported Qaddafi, which was obviously untrue even when the degree of support for Qaddafi was unclear.

    Or even better, the part where it claimed the people of Libya didn’t care about Qaddafi because he holds no official positions. The implication being that either Libyans are too stupid to understand where the true power lies, or that you, the reader, would be. Clearly not the former, I guess that leaves the latter!

    Okay you’re probably not dumb. Probably just conditioned to believe what you’re told when it’s what you want to hear even if it doesn’t make sense. That’s why I like al Jazeera (in English, oh no!) because they tell me things I don’t want to hear. What nobody wants to hear. When both sides of a conflict claim a news source is propaganda for the other side, they must be doing something right!

  • 12. Sick and Wrong  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 8:43 am


    All western media are filming their bullshit in Qatar, preparing to drop Special Ops in Tripoli and claim that rebels finally took Tripoli.

  • 13. Sick and Wrong  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I can’t believe they’re pulling this shit, but considering how they’ve manage to fool everyone up until now, it wouldn’t surprise me:

  • 14. CB  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Oh I see. I should have anticipated this, given the many similarities between modern Russia and the American Neocons (you’d be best buddies if you weren’t so dedicated to continuing the Cold War — actually from that standpoint you really are best buds).

    Anyway, the strategy is classic: When reality shows up to bitch-slap your stupid face, don’t accept it and admit you were wrong, DOUBLE DOWN and declare reality to be the fraud! The solution to failed propaganda is MOR PROPAGANDA.

  • 15. Alex  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 10:30 am

    All western media are filming their bullshit in Qatar, preparing to drop Special Ops in Tripoli and claim that rebels finally took Tripoli.

    what a bunch of desperate losers. Orwell must be slapping his knees from laughter in his grave.

  • 16. aleke  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Lmao @ all the people saying a bunch of teenagers supported by NATO material and CIA-paid command are the “Libyan people dropping Muammar like a bad habit”

    If there’s anything dropping anybody, it’s your tax and labor dollars dropping bombs on another independent Third World country and plunging its people into utter misery.

    Its wonderful to see all this cognitive dissonance dropping from the American psyche as their empire teeters over the edge. 30% unemployment indeed. projecting much? propaganda is always a psychologically-intimate sphere of the perpetrator, isn’t it, Michal? How’s that for an opinion, ya sock puppet?

  • 17. Alex  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 11:57 am

    English translation:

    “…To cover it up and in the same time spread chaos and panic among Libyans, a set of Tripoli’s Green Square, Bab al-Azizya and several streets was constructed in Doha, Qatar, and videos of successful uprising in Tripoli and its takeover by the rebels were being made. ”

  • 18. Alex  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    The photos of fake “Tripoli” with fake “rebels” vs. real Tripoly:

  • 19. AG93  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 12:33 pm



    All western media are filming their bullshit in Qatar, preparing to drop Special Ops in Tripoli and claim that rebels finally took Tripoli.”

    Damn right. It’s outrageous how people also still believe that moonlandings actually took place and 9/11 wasn’t a Pentagon-Zionist conspiracy in which plane-shaped cruise missiles were used. Fucking sheeple believe anything they’re told. It’s the same scam as in Iraq, where the Crusader-Reptilian alliance killed millions and replaced them with highly paid actors rather than face up to the fact that Baghdad Bob was telling the truth.

  • 20. Tim  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Still to be answered are seven questions raised here by DEBKAfile’s analysts:
    1. Where are the six government special divisions whose loyalty to the Libyan ruler and his sons was never in question? None of the 15,000 trained government troops were to be seen in the way of the rebel advance into the capital. The mystery might be accounted for by several scenarios: Either these units broke up and scattered or Qaddafi pulled them back into southern Libya to secure the main oil fields. Or, perhaps, government units are staying out of sight and biding their time in order to turn the tables on the triumphant rebels and trap them in a siege. The Libyan army has used this stratagem before.
    2. How did the ragtag, squabbling Libyan rebels who were unable to build a coherent army in six months suddenly turn up in Tripoli Sunday looking like an organized military force and using weapons for which they were not known to have received proper training? Did they secretly harbor a non-Libyan hard core of professional soldiers?
    3. What happened to the tribes loyal to Qaddafi? Up until last week, they numbered the three largest tribal grouping in the country. Did they suddenly melt away without warning?
    4. Does Qaddafi’s fall in Tripoli mean he has lost control of all other parts of Libya, including his strongholds in the center and south?
    5. Can the rebels and NATO claim an undisputed victory? Or might not the Libyan ruler, forewarned of NATO’s plan to topple him by Sept. 1, have decided to dodge a crushing blow, cede Tripoli and retire to the Libyan Desert from which to wage war on the new rulers?
    6. Can the heavily divided rebels, consisting of at least three militias, put their differences aside and establish a reasonable administration for governing a city of many millions? Their performance in running the rebel stronghold of Benghazi is not reassuring.
    7. DEBKAfile’s military and counter-terror sources suggest a hidden meaning in Qaddafi’s comment that Tripoli is now like Baghdad. Is he preparing to collect his family, escape Tripoli and launch a long and bloody guerrilla war like the one Saddam Hussein’s followers waged after the US invasion of 2003 which opened the door of Iraq to al Qaeda?

  • 21. Sick and Wrong  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    This is beautiful. Pants completely on fire.

  • 22. super390  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    The problem with arguing that this is all a massive NATO conspiracy is to analyze what you claim is really happening, i.e., that Gadafy still has massive support from the civilian population and military, and that the “rebels” are really an unstoppable legion of superpowered CIA mercenaries and there are no real Libyan rebels at all.

    Okay, so based on everything us War Nerd fans know about war, shouldn’t the battle for Tripoli be going on full-bore? I mean, to compare the bombing operation in this war to the one in 2003 is pathetic. Gadafy had years to build his defenses, even 6 months after the first uprising. And he knows that Saddam Hussein’s strategy of fleeing to the desert did no favors for his heirs or his clansmen, even if it hurt America.

    If things were as you say, he would have made a stand in the city, and it would now be burning like Berlin in ’45.

    In fact, the logical reason why the rebels attacked the way they did is because they know they’re amateurs, they have limited firepower and logistics, NATO bombing is clumsy, and a siege would have cost thousands more lives. So they went in fast with tacticals and linked up with the genuine resistance in the city, gambling they could prevail before their lack of resupply caught up with them. Enthusiasm over the dead hand of bureaucratic NATO doctrine. If there hadn’t been genuine anti-Gadafy rebels inside the city the tacticals would have quickly been destroyed.

  • 23. Sick and Wrong  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    But aren’t you listening? They are NOT in the city. They’ve got no support there.

  • 24. Sick and Wrong  |  August 22nd, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Another bullshit debunked – that the rebels got one of Qaddafi’s sons. Like always, the statement got confirmed by everyone and everything, like the International Criminal Court…

    They lie about everything and if something doesn’t get debunked, it’s a win for them. They probably thought this guy was dead, so nobody would be able to debunk this one. Well he wasn’t. Doesn’t matter, they lose nothing by trying.

    Exactly the same tactic as with Bin Laden, except he’s been dead for years and intelligence knew this.

  • 25. Alen  |  August 23rd, 2011 at 4:45 am

    He DID make a stand – but in the whole of Libya! Where is the Libyan army? How about Brega, Zlitan, Sabha and Ben Walid? Why does it not help drive back the NATO pincer move through Zawya and port of Tripoli? Well – count those airplanes, gunships and predators, add some ships and look at the terain configuration! Libya is a small country with a small army. If there wasn’t any support of the people, it would crumble in 3 weeks – LIKE the stupid NATO exptected.

  • 26. Max  |  August 23rd, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hilarious the pro-Qaddafi posts. Like watching the Black Knight in Monty Python saying “I’m not dead yet”!

  • 27. José Cruz  |  August 28th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Why don´t you fine people look up the addendum in youtube, understand why arabs, among other peoples in the world without oil and press attention, are revolting in more places you´ve been told.

  • 28. José Cruz  |  August 28th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Why don´t you fine people look up the addendum in youtube, understand why arabs, among other peoples in the world, only without oil and press attention, are revolting in more places you´ve been told.

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