Operation DUMBSHIT

( Operation DUMBSHIT: Deploying United Military Because Syria Harbors Islamic Terrorists) Or, as Digby puts it, "here we go" (I’d merely add “…again”). Digby's right: when Democrats like Al Franken (of all people), who’s up for re-election in two years, start making very public noises to the effect that they're “troubled” the Obama administration “has not yet developed a...

Out Of Iraq – Finally

After nearly ten years, at least a trillion dollars spent (wasted?), and uncounted lives changed forever if not outright ruined or in fact snuffed out, we are apparently out of Iraq, as of Christmas, this year: I don't even know what to feel at such a late date. On the one hand, whew: it's finally OVER. And yes, Barack Obama did what George W. Bush could not, in many, many years of his...

Talk About Burying the Lede

Richard Holbrooke, longtime diplomat, died today in Washington after surgery to repair a tear in his aorta. I post this not because I have much to say about Holbrooke's life or works per se, but because of the jaw-droppping final sentence of the lengthy obituary in the Washington Post. Really, you won't believe it. Or, if you do, you won't believe that it wasn't in the first paragraph...or its...

Happy Veterans Day

This isn't a holiday that gets as much play as some others, but it's unquestionably worth celebrating nevertheless. And that goes double when we're still embroiled in one war which recently achieved the dubious honor of becoming our chronologically longest-running war (Afghanistan), and we've just "finished" perhaps the least-necessary and most ill-considered war in our nation's history: Iraq....

Vietnamistan

In "honor" of the war in Afghanistan last week surpassing the Vietnam war as America's longest official war in history, I give y'all Alabama 3 (strangely, from Brixton, England - they're the guys who did the Sopranos theme song, Woke Up This Morning), with a track off their new album, Revolver Soul, sadly and presciently titled "Vietnamistan."

War #3?

I'm sure they're only "military advisers" - you know....just like they were in Vietnam: U.S. military teams and intelligence agencies are deeply involved in secret joint operations with Yemeni troops who in the past six weeks have killed scores of people, among them six of 15 top leaders of a regional al-Qaeda affiliate, according to senior administration officials. The operations, approved...

Real-Time Access To All U.S. Drones & Warplanes Video With $26 Worth Of Software

Oy. Just Oy. For crying out loud, I use encryption on sensitive emails, and set up a basic VPN server so I can use it when I'm using my iPhone through public wi-fi (like at Starbucks or the airport or something). Did the U.S. military really not think this one through?How’d the militants manage to get access to such secret data? Basically by pointing satellite dishes up, and waiting for the...

It Was Only A Matter Of Time

…before our civilian hardware/tech got to be as good in some respects or maybe even better than some of the military tech. Or at least good enough to be considered useful by the military. Certainly, the advent of hand-held (or dash-mounted) GPS units for a couple of hundred dollars presaged this moment. But I didn’t think I’d see this so fast. Via TUAW, the story of one of the US...