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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)