Monthly Archives: April 2006

“Inside Man” Alan Farrell

Hits: 0Alan Farrell is one of the few people I know anymore who actually knows a lot of Latin and Greek as well.  "Beati pauperes spiritu." This is from this movie review.  It applies neatly in the context of the … Continue reading

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Pentagon Pow Wow

Hits: 0A couple of years ago I was in London on business and received a phone call from the Pentagon.  On the line was a woman from the PR branch of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  She had … Continue reading

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Retired Soldiers Should Not Criticize?

Hits: 0"..the rebellion is problematic nonetheless. It threatens the essential democratic principle of military subordination to civilian control — the more so because a couple of the officers claim they are speaking for some still on active duty. Anyone who … Continue reading

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The War of the Generals

Hits: 0It seems appropriate that President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Secretary Rumsfeld and Generals Myers and Franks should be left to the judgment of history.  They are still quite pleased with themselves and seem to be sure that they took … Continue reading

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“The Advisor” 15 April, 2006

Hits: 0This is from the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq, not sure exactly about the name.  I guess any kind of torture of the language will do if you do not want to use the words that sound like … Continue reading

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“Ahmadinejad’s Demons”

Hits: 0"Since Ahmadinejad became president, the influence of the Basiji has grown. In November, the new Iranian president opened the annual "Basiji Week," which commemorates the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq War. According to a report in Kayan, a publication loyal … Continue reading

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“How Bad Could It Get?”

Hits: 0I have received this worst case scenario from our beother Erasmus.  I thank him for it spares me the necessity of posting my own worst case. Pat Lang Download how_bad_could_it_get.doc

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An Un-Muddled but Perhaps Addled Stand.

Hits: 0"The immigrant demonstrators who flooded the streets of America’s cities Monday ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers to complete an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, while raising Republicans’ frustration with President Bush for what they see as a muddled … Continue reading

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“Mind War” and the Public’s Opinion

Hits: 0"For the past two years, U.S. military leaders have been using Iraqi media and other outlets in Baghdad to publicize Zarqawi’s role in the insurgency. The documents explicitly list the "U.S. Home Audience" as one of the targets of … Continue reading

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Line of Communication

Hits: 0I don’t know what they call it these days in the military.  It used to be called a "line of communication," (LOC) or a "Main Supply Route."  These days it could be anything since the main line of intellectual … Continue reading

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