Monthly Archives: February 2008

America the Illiterate

Over the last couple pf years, I have been spending a lot of time teaching, perhaps "trying to teach" might be more adequate an expression.  I never liked teaching particularly.  I was twice named best classroom teacher of the year … Continue reading

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The emperor has spoken

"We’ve been plenty active on these issues, and we’ll continue to be active on these issues because they’re important issues for the U.S. security and for our interests," Bush said after landing in the tiny coastal country of Benin. He … Continue reading

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“The Psychology of Killing” by Colonel Dan Smith

Close In or Far Away? The Psychology of Killing By Col. DAN SMITH There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, … Continue reading

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On Virginians and troop withdrawals

Well, my fellow Virginians have managed to deliver another confusing message to the national electorate and media.  On the one hand we want some particular thing and on the other hand we want something different.  We don’t pigeon hole well.  … Continue reading

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Jeff Stein on Continuing Incompetence

"Anyone who’s spent time in uniform will recognize the stories that A.J. Rossmiller tells in “Still Broken: A Recruit’s Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, From Baghdad to the Pentagon.” Like the Army field hospital so authentically portrayed in M*A*S*H, Rossmiller’s … Continue reading

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Too much work

I must say that I am sorry that the press of my commitments have prevented me from posting as often as I would have wished.  I thank my friends for their contributions.  pl

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Habakkuk on Strauss

Agnes Deigh, Sidney Smith. On Strauss, there are two very good pieces by Scott Horton. One published back in 2006, is entitled ‘The Letter’ — the subheadline reads: ‘Was Leo Strauss democracy’s best friend? In a letter written at the … Continue reading

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“There and Back Again”

For those interested, my wife, a friend and I voyaged to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and various parts of the West Bank of Palestine. We stayed in Jerusalem at my favorite hotel in all the world.  This is the "American Colony."  We … Continue reading

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We wuzn’t fooled, or something…

I have been puzzling for some time over the issue of how the Army’s leadership deals psychologically with having: – Forgotten after Vietnam everything that we had learned the hard way about irregular/counterinsurgency warfare. – Justified to itself its extremely … Continue reading

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Guest Posts

All I am still on the road for a few more days.  I will welcome submissions that I could post from out here in the mysterious East.  pl

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