Jan
03
2014

Always Turning the Corner in the Afghan War

Afghanistan (cc photo: Balazs Gardi)

Brookings think tank hawk Michael O'Hanlon is on the Washington Post op-ed page today trying to convince readers that there are reasons to be hopeful about the Afghan War. It's a story he's been telling for a while now.

Nov
25
2013

NYT Miscounts Obama's Afghan Troops Numbers

US special forces in Afghanistan (cc photo: US Navy/Clayton Weis)

Most people know that Obama did not take office in 2010. So why offer that as the starting point in an analysis of how Obama is "bring[ing] the troops home" from Afghanistan?

Oct
30
2013

Music as a Weapon? It's No Joke

Britney Spears; Somali Pirates (FoxNews.com)

Joking about pop music that's so bad it's painful helps obscure the all-too-serious use of sound as a weapon that causes actual pain.

Oct
08
2013

Somalia Raid Gone Wrong–Anonymous Officials Explain Why

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If there's one thing we know, the Obama White House hates leakers. Especially leaks about sensitive national security issues. Except when the leaks are the official kind.

Sep
23
2013

Whistleblowers and Mass Shooters: Time Connects the Dots

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Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, and mass shooters Nidal Hassan and Aaron Alexis: Time wonders how these four dangerous individuals managed to slip through the system?

Sep
05
2013

The Strange Thing About Cluster Bombs

These are not the bad kind of cluster bomb, because they are dropped on and not by official enemies. (photo: US Air Force)

When they're used by official enemies, cluster bombs are weapons of indiscriminate terror. When they're used by the United States, they're not much worth talking about.

Sep
03
2013

U.S. Missiles and 'Pinpoint Accuracy'

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Whenever war is near you can count on U.S. media to tout the lethal efficiency of U.S. weapons

Sep
01
2013

Which Syrian Chemical Attack Account Is More Credible?

Secretary of State John Kerry making the case that Damascus has used chemical weapons (US State Department)

Which account of the mass deaths in Syria should be given more credence: the U.S. government version introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry, or the article published by the Minnesota-based news site Mint Press? The government account expresses "high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack." The Mint report bore the headline "Syrians in Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack."

Aug
30
2013

When It Comes to State Violence, Too Much Is Never Enough

U.S. warship firing one of 110 cruise missiles at Libyan forces (photo: DoD)

Time magazine's Michael Crowley (9/9/13) offers an analysis of how the Syrian situation reflects on Barack Obama's presidency: Whatever comes of Obama's confrontation with Assad, an even more dangerous confrontation lies in wait–the one with Iran. If another round of negotiations with Tehran should fail, Obama may soon be obliged to make good on his vow to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. "I will not hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the United States and its interests," Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2012. But to his critics, Obama does […]

Aug
27
2013

Heading to War With Syria

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Providing convincing evidence that chemical attacks actually were the work of the Syrian government should be the first order of business. But it's hard not reach the conclusion that some in the media have already made up their minds.

Aug
12
2013

Who Dies in Yemen Drone Strikes?

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A headline is sometimes worth a thousand words, and this was definitely the case after a deadly drone strike occurred in Yemen last week.  "Drone Strike Kills Six Suspected Militants in Yemen,” a Reuters headline (8/7/13) declared.  "More Suspected Al-Qaeda Militants Killed as Drone Strikes Intensify in Yemen," a CNN.com headline  (8/8/13) offered. Whatever the language, one message was clear: "Suspected terrorists" or "militants" had been killed. But with several drone strikes over the past week in Yemen, how can anyone actually know who is being killed? The deceptive way the Obama administration defines "militants" has already been well-established–as the New […]

Jul
30
2013

How Do You Get in the NYT? Just Ask–if You're a Top General

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If you're the commander of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and you want to send a message that those troops need to stay in the country past 2014, apparently you just tell the New York Times that you're ready to talk.

Jun
20
2013

NYT Pays Tribute to Hastings by Attacking Him After Death

John Hess (New York Times)

When a journalist dies, how can you tell if they've had a career that's upheld the proudest journalistic traditions of challenging the powerful and fearlessly exposing the truth? The New York Times will attempt to piss on that career in the journalist's obituary.