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Gone with the wind

September 15th, 2018 · No Comments

”War’s not just only war; it’s years out of people’s lives that they’ve never had before and won’t have again.” – Elizabeth Bowen, “Mysterious Kôr”

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The ghosts that haunt us still

August 11th, 2018 · No Comments

“Colonial policy had always been to exclude Negroes from militia service, but more often than not a need for soldiers had dictated a contrary practice. Many blacks had fought in the French and Indian War. As the dispute with Parliament neared breaking point, Negroes volunteered for the New England militia. All were accepted. . . […]

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Tags: Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

They’ll be back

April 24th, 2018 · No Comments

“The campaigns of the Mongol armies were the last and the most destructive in the long lines of nomad invasions from the steppes. In just over fifty years they conquered half the known world and it was only their adherence to tribal traditions and the rivalry of their princes that denied them the rest of […]

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The necessary qualities

April 21st, 2018 · No Comments

“There is no man alive who is braver than Yessutai, no march can tire him and he feels neither hunger nor thirst; that is why he is unfit to command.” – Chingis Khan (quoted by James Chambers in The Devil’s Horsemen

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The balance and the point of it

September 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“Every good quality has its bad side, and nothing good can come into the world without at once producing a corresponding evil. This painful fact renders illusory the feeling of elation that so often goes with consciousness of the present—the feeling that we are the culmination of the whole history of mankind, the fulfilment and […]

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Tags: Carl Gustav Jung · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · The Great War · The Second World War

There doesn’t seem to be a shadow

July 12th, 2017 · No Comments

“The summer would be celebrated by people of every nation in the city. People marauding after work, discontented. Thugs surfing on the sides of cars, flagging. Going into the garbage cans and throwing bottles in the street. Immigrants working, forever working, watching people go by who have days off, time off, while they don’t. Trying […]

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Tags: Atticus Lish · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Either way, it just goes on

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“He saw the sand going on and on across the continent. The broken palm trees and mud buildings and corrugated steel lean-tos and dead trucks and the domes and spires of the mosques. He could hear the loudspeakers wired by a man who weighed twenty pounds less and looked twenty years older and who was […]

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Tags: Atticus Lish · Lit & Crit · The Forever War

Score’s thirty-love, love

July 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“You can love the game, but the game loves no one.” – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life

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Tags: Atticus Lish · Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

State of grace

July 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“Don’t talk about it, be about it.” – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life

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It’s over here

July 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“There’s always been a story that wasn’t written, and it almost always should have been.” – Seymour M. Hersh, Chain of Command

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It already passed

July 6th, 2017 · No Comments

“There are times when most cards you are dealt come up aces, when forces you cannot control—or even influence—combine to push you forward. Such a moment does not often last long.” – Michael Scheuer, Imperial Hubris

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Tags: Politics & Law · The Forever War · Verandah

We have met the enemy and it is us

July 5th, 2017 · No Comments

“Terror is the most dreaded weapon in the modern age and the Western media is mercilessly using it against their own people. It can add fear and helplessness to the psyche of the people of Europe and the United States. It means what the enemies of the United States cannot do, its media is doing […]

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What it’s about

July 4th, 2017 · No Comments

“I’ll tell you what war is about. You have got to kill people, and when you have killed enough of them they stop fighting.” – General Curtis LeMay (quoted by Michael Scheuer in Imperial Hubris)

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Paranoia strikes deep

July 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

“A small Christian subculture in the United States strongly believes in the notion of cosmic war. Believers are splintered into a number of small groups, the largest of which is the Christian Identity movement. According to Christian Identity ideology, the British are descended from ‘Aryan’ northern Israelite tribes who migrated to the British Isles in […]

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Politics & Law · The Forever War

And the walls came down

July 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

“The scriptural emphasis on warfare has armed successive generations with powerful mental images of an embattled world. The community of the faithful is perpetually in crisis or at its edge. When a religious group believes that its identity is fundamentally threatened, it may turn to stories of apocalypse that describe the end of earthly history. […]

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Yer gonna help us out, see?

July 1st, 2017 · No Comments

“CIA officers prevailed upon an Austrian woman, Martha Schneider, a onetime resident of River Edge, New Jersey, to help them with safe houses. Schneider signed leases on apartments in Vienna and Salzberg that the CIA used in its activities from early 1969 through 1973. The agency apparently left her with broken leases and unpaid rent, […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Another dismal political reality

June 30th, 2017 · No Comments

“Religious violence is typically different from any other kind of warfare—for the simple reason that for a true believer, there is no compromise about the sacred. Or, to put it in a more monotheistic key: one God, one truth. Tolerance is not an intrinsic part of any of the monotheistic religions. For some believers, the […]

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But the rich have gotten richer, that’s a start

June 29th, 2017 · No Comments

“Despite some success, the industrialized world has done relatively little to alleviate poverty, not just in the Arab and Muslim world, but globally. Indifference is not the full reason. In absolute terms, significant sums are given over to poverty reduction by contributors to multilateral development banks and by bilateral donors. The ineffectuality of aid programs […]

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

File under ‘R’

June 28th, 2017 · No Comments

“Reorganization is the classic technique to avoid problems that are too complex or deeply rooted to solve.” – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The Age of Sacred Terror

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Decline and fall

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments

“History, scholars say, is written in three stages: heroic, with the narratives of great individuals and their feats; revisionist, which turns those accounts on their head; and tragic, where we see how events conspired to bring about an end beyond the reckoning of most actors of the time.” – Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon, The […]

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Newsmakers

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

“There is a schizophrenia about the power of the press. At times, we still think of it as an objective bystander, narrating events—and many of its leading practitioners portray it this way. In American democracy, however, the press is part of the policy process. As Washington reporters from top newspapers and the networks know well, […]

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

Not all it’s cracked up to be

June 25th, 2017 · No Comments

“There are few more durable illusions in American life than the omnipotent presidency. For fear of appearing weak, incumbents rarely draw attention to the minimal powers accorded them by the Constitution and established practices of American government. Their critics in Congress and the public avoid mentioning this inconvenient fact because letting the executive off the […]

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Day of locusts

June 17th, 2017 · No Comments

“Humanity today is living in a large brothel! One has only to glance at its press, films, fashion shows, beauty contests, ballrooms, wine bars, and broadcasting stations! Or observe its mad lust for naked flesh, provocative pictures, and sick, suggestive statements in literature, the arts, and mass media! And add to all this the system […]

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Tags: Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon · Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

The great leveller

June 13th, 2017 · No Comments

“War brings out the worst in everybody. No matter how honorable you are in carrying out your cause, things happen that you feel ashamed of later on.” – Maurice Greenberg, “We Were So Naive”

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Tags: The Forever War · Verandah

Scintillating information

June 11th, 2017 · No Comments

“Scintillation is the term used to describe communications disruptions caused by high-altitude nuclear explosion.” – “Army Weaponry and Equipment,” 1991 Army Green Book (ed. L. James Binder, et al.)

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Let’s get this straight

June 10th, 2017 · No Comments

“The only vital national interest, by definition, is survival. States cease to exist if they fail to safeguard that essential. Serious threats to survival therefore compel stringent countermeasures.” – John M. Collins, U.S.-Soviet Military Balance, 1960-1980

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It’s not in the budget

June 9th, 2017 · No Comments

“Generals are a happily blessed race who radiate confidence and power. They feed only on ambrosia and drink only nectar, except when they are drinking bourbon. In peace, they stride confidently and can invade a world simply by sweeping their hands grandly over a map, pointing their fingers decisively up terrain corridors and blocking defiles […]

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Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The Forever War

Sounds like a plan

June 8th, 2017 · No Comments

“The best defense against nuclear weapons is to be somewhere else when they detonate.” – John M. Collins, U.S.-Soviet Military Balance, 1960-1980

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Which means never

April 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

“In security matters there’s no democracy.” – Defense Minister Moshe Dayan (quoted by Michael B. Oren in Six Days of War)

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Cleared that up

April 21st, 2017 · No Comments

“An attack from a state is an attack by a state.” – Ambassador Ephraim Evron (quoted by Michael B. Oren in Six Days of War; emphasis in original)

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