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  • Strategy corner: End class warfare (from Mark Penn no less)

    07/29/2009 10:56:20 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 12 replies · 451+ views
    Politico ^ | July 29, 2009 | Mark Penn
    It sounds so simple: Just tax the few to pay for social programs that benefit the many. Yet no political idea — embodied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s call to tax the wealthy to cover health care for everyone else — has ever proved more contentious. The country was founded on the principle of unlimited and unbounded opportunity. Despite what poll questions often appear to say, class warfare language, outside the Democratic primary electorate, has always been politically counterproductive, because it divides Americans from one another and from their own aspirations and dreams. And class warfare could be especially problematic...
  • Biophysical Warfare - The Mind Has No Firewalls

    06/30/2009 9:34:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 745+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | 6/30/2009 | Timothy L. Thomas
    The human body, much like a computer, contains myriad data processors. They include, but are not limited to, the chemical-electrical activity of the brain, heart, and peripheral nervous system, the signals sent from the cortex region of the brain to other parts of our body, the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that process auditory signals, and the light-sensitive retina and cornea of the eye that process visual activity.[2] We are on the threshold of an era in which these data processors of the human body may be manipulated or debilitated. Examples of unplanned attacks on the body's data-processing...
  • A History of Violence

    06/07/2009 3:33:28 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 35 replies · 1,156+ views
    Edge ^ | 03/19/07 | Steven Pinker
    A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE In sixteenth-century Paris, a popular form of entertainment was cat-burning, in which a cat was hoisted in a sling on a stage and slowly lowered into a fire. According to historian Norman Davies, "[T]he spectators, including kings and queens, shrieked with laughter as the animals, howling with pain, were singed, roasted, and finally carbonized." Today, such sadism would be unthinkable in most of the world. This change in sensibilities is just one example of perhaps the most important and most underappreciated trend in the human saga: Violence has been in decline over long stretches of history,...
  • US needs 'digital warfare force'

    05/05/2009 9:56:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 511+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/5/09 | BBC
    The head of America's National Security Agency says that America needs to build a digital warfare force for the future, according to reports. Lt Gen Keith Alexander, who also heads the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, outlined his views in a report for the House Armed Services subcommittee. In it, he stated that the US needed to reorganise its offensive and defensive cyber operations. The general also said more resources and training were needed. The report, part of which was outlined in an Associated Press news agency story, is due to be presented to the subcommittee on Tuesday. During the past...
  • Technology, Threats Accelerate Army Focus on Ground Electronic Warfare

    03/06/2009 3:40:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 319+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 6, 2009 – Portable electronic devices such as iPods and cell phones have provided U.S. adversaries in Iraq and Afghanistan with lethal capabilities, the Army’s chief of electronic warfare said this week. “They may be living in rough terrain and may not have all the comforts that we do, but they have the same access to technology,” said Col. Laurie Moe Buckhout, chief of the Army’s Electronic Warfare Division in the Operations, Readiness and Mobilization Directorate. She explained the Army’s efforts to increase ground electronic warfare capabilities during a March 4 “Armed with Science: Research and Applications...
  • Not Even Close [Devotional]

    01/27/2009 4:58:09 AM PST · by tenger · 3 replies · 197+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | January 27, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. "Oh, my lord, what shall we do?" the servant asked. "Don't be afraid," the prophet answered. "Those who are with us are more than those who are with them." And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 2 Kings 6:15-18 Every so often in the...
  • Judaism And Warfare (Steven Plaut Sets Straight The Jewish Understanding Of Just War Alert)

    01/21/2009 2:31:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 433+ views
    Jewish Press ^ | 1/21/2009 | Steven Plaut
    Judaism And Warfare , Steven Plaut Dear Dr. H: You write about how Judaism is devoted to the pursuit of peace. You bring assorted citations from the Bible and Psalms about how nice peace can be. You emphasize that Judaism grants peace priority over competing goals. You find biblical quote after biblical quote about how good peace is. You then conclude that Israel is behaving in a manner that contradicts Jewish tradition when it wars against Hamas barbarism and Gaza terror. Israel must pursue "negotiations" with Hamas, you insist, citing the biblical desire for peace as the over-riding consideration. That...
  • Detainee Transfer Announced

    01/18/2009 11:55:33 PM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 452+ views
    DEFENSElink.mil ^ | January 17, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12449 IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 040-09 January 17, 2009 Detainee Transfer Announced The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of six detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Four detainees were transferred to Iraq, one to Algeria and one to Afghanistan. These detainees were determined to be eligible for departure following a comprehensive series of review processes. The transfer is a demonstration of the United States’ desire not to hold detainees any longer than necessary. It also underscores the processes put in place to assess each individual and make a determination about their detention while...
  • Early chemical warfare comes to light

    01/12/2009 7:37:48 AM PST · by BGHater · 6 replies · 633+ views
    ScienceNews ^ | 11 Jan 2009 | Bruce Bower
    Roman soldiers defending a Middle Eastern garrison from attack nearly 2,000 years ago met the horrors of war in a most unusual place. Inside a cramped tunnel beneath the site’s massive front wall, enemy fighters stacked up nearly two dozen dead or dying Romans and set them on fire, using substances that gave off toxic fumes and drove away Roman warriors just outside the tunnel. The attackers, members of Persia’s Sasanian culture that held sway over much of the region in and around the Middle East from the third to the seventh centuries, adopted a brutally ingenious method for penetrating...
  • History's Most Terrifying Conventional Weapons

    01/05/2009 10:25:22 AM PST · by Joiseydude · 100 replies · 4,132+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | Monday, January 05, 2009 | Catherine Donaldson-Evans and Paul Wagenseil
    Modern conventional weapons, deadly as they are, have no monopoly on terrorizing soldiers and civilians. Many military innovations of the past scared the enemy senseless — especially when only one side got to use them. "When you defeat someone psychologically, that's really how you win battles," says Pentagon spokesman and artillery officer Lt. Col. Mark Wright. "If [enemy forces] think they've been beaten, they're going to turn and run." Here, then, are five of the most terrifying conventional weapons of all time. Each was effective because it was a surprise introduction to a conflict, permitted essentially no defense, and only...
  • DoD Takes Steps to Defend Cyberspace Warfighting Domain

    11/21/2008 3:24:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 352+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2008 – Cyberspace is a warfighting domain, and the Defense Department is taking steps to defend this crucial capability, a Pentagon spokesman said today. “We are aware of a global virus for which there are some public alerts, and we’ve seen some of these on our networks, and we are taking steps to identify and mitigate the virus,” Bryan Whitman said. “We do aggressively monitor our networks for intrusions and take adequate steps to protect them.” Public alerts on this global virus threat urge all computer users to take precautions. Users should have current anti-viral software programs...
  • Electronic Warfare Officers Keep Soldiers Safe

    11/21/2008 3:08:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 524+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Evan Loyd, USA
    CAMP STRIKER, Iraq, Nov. 21, 2008 – Navy Cmdr. Ed Fischer and Air Force 1st Lt. E.J. Wong would seem to be out of place in an Army heavy brigade combat team conducting operations in Iraq. Navy Cmdr. Ed Fischer, left, and Air Force 1st Lt. E.J. Wong inspect a Warlock-equipped Humvee. The Warlock system is a countermeasure against roadside bombs. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Fischer, whose career field is nuclear engineering, and Wong, an air battle manager, are electronic warfare officers for the 1st Armored Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat...
  • Soldiers Learn Electronic Warfare Skills in Eastern Baghdad

    11/05/2008 4:21:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 361+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Jeremy Todd, USA
    td> FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq, Nov. 5, 2008 – Selected soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team and Multinational Division Baghdad received electronic warfare training here. Army Sgt. Nicholas Hoffert applies the final additions to an antenna system during an electronic warfare class at Forward Operating Base Rustamiyah, Iraq, Oct. 29, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Todd  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Electronic warfare applies the radio frequency spectrum to defeat an enemy and save lives on the battlefield. Improvised explosive devices are the biggest threat to coalition and Iraqi forces, and...
  • DoD Launches Web Site on Chemical-Biological Warfare Exposures

    10/06/2008 5:20:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 272+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2008 – The Defense Department has launched a new Web site to educate the public about chemical and biological testing conducted from the early 1940s through the mid-1970s. “This is a new Web site that we have created to put together for all those who may have interest in everything that we have been able to uncover and understand about the chemical and biological testing of warfare agents done from probably the early 1940s up through 1975,” said Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, strategic communications director for the Military Health System. He explained the recently launched Chemical-Biological Warfare...
  • Lights Out: EMP Warfare

    08/18/2008 10:27:56 AM PDT · by Renfield · 51 replies · 266+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8-17-08 | David Bueche
    Remember that guy that you made fun of because he got all caught up in the Y2K scare and wasted his money on water purification equipment, dried food and backup generators? Turns out he may be having the last laugh. Last month, the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse released a 200-page report detailing the potential effects of an Electromagnetic Pulse, (EMP), attack on the continental US. At this point you may be wondering what EMP is and how it ties in with the survivalist who's having a laugh on us. Electromagnetic Pulse is...
  • As Iran Tests Missile Fleet, Experts Map High-Tech Israeli Attack

    07/10/2008 7:51:26 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 17 replies · 264+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 09, 2008 | Joe Pappalardo
    War-game tests by Iran of long- and medium-range missiles sent shock waves across the globe today, with tensions centering on a potential attack on Israel and, ultimately, the country's nuclear ambitions. Among the nine ballistic missiles fired was an upgraded Shahab-3 with GPS guidance, 450 pounds of carrying capacity and an estimated 1250-mile range—already a potent threat to Israeli cities and bases, even before nuclear warheads enter the equation. What's more, Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, offered a blunt warning after the exercise, saying it demonstrated the country's "resolve and might against enemies...
  • Irregular Warfare

    06/08/2008 8:40:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 313+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 8, 2008 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    Beyond the Unconventional. The Pentagon has decided on a name for the kind of war we have to be prepared to fight in decades to come. Unconventional? No. A couple of generations ago, the clash of national armies following the rules of the Hague and Geneva Conventions was called conventional war, as against a more terrifying unconventional war, which meant “nuclear” for a time; then that meaning changed to denote “special operations.” Any terminology now rooted in convention would be confusing. Asymmetrical? The meaning of that adjective is “unbalanced,” which carries the wrong connotation; besides, the term has been taken...
  • In India, death to global business-(Armed Maoists vs International CO's, Capitalism)

    05/16/2008 2:31:21 AM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 85+ views
    rediff ^ | Manjeet Kripalani, BusinessWeek | May 15, 2008
    On the night of Apr 24, a group of 300 men and women, armed with bows and arrows and sickles and led by gun-wielding commanders, emerged swiftly and silently from the dense forest in India's Chhattisgarh state. The guerrillas descended on an iron ore processing plant owned by Essar Steel [Get Quote], one of India's biggest companies. There the attackers torched the heavy machinery on the site, plus 53 buses and trucks. Press reports say they also left a note: Stop shipping local resources out of the state - or else. The assault on the Essar facility was the work...
  • Trench warfare to Denver; Update: Superdelegates leaning towards Obama?

    03/16/2008 10:19:32 AM PDT · by jdm · 20 replies · 851+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 16, 2008 | by Ed Morrissey
    According to Politico, both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have despaired of any outright victory before the Democratic convention in Denver this August. The delegate math doesn’t allow for either to win without the superdelegates, and so the remaining contests will matter more for their symbolism rather than their actual delegate counts, especially for Hillary. Can she frighten enough superdelegates about Obama’s prospects against McCain to get them to support her despite being behind in pledged delegates? Yes, there will be the usual commercials, speeches and town halls in the remaining states. But the prime audience for the candidates isn’t...
  • Democrats set for trench warfare

    01/26/2008 8:36:46 PM PST · by jdm · 63 replies · 269+ views
    Financial Times ^ | Jan. 27, 2008 | By Edward Luce
    Barack Obama’s crushing victory over Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, where he received more votes than Mrs Clinton and John Edwards combined, will restore much of the momentum that he briefly enjoyed following his emphatic victory in Iowa. But Mr Obama’s stunning win is also likely to polarise further an already bitterly divided Democratic Party as the Clintons pull out all stops to maximise their chances on the “Super Tuesday” February 5 primary of 22 states. Even before the polls had closed on Saturday, Bill Clinton, who has been widely attacked for allegedly “playing the race card” in the last...
  • Defense Focus: India's T-90 deal -- Part 5

    01/24/2008 7:59:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 63+ views
    United Press International ^ | Jan. 21, 2008 | MARTIN SIEFF
    Defense Focus: India's T-90 deal -- Part 5 Published: Jan. 21, 2008 at 3:55 PM By MARTIN SIEFF UPI Senior News Analyst WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- India is investing in a three aircraft carrier surface fleet -- something that Russia and France are incapable of, and that Japan and China have opted not to attempt. Only Britain has similar plans, apart from the great multi-carrier battle group of the U.S. Navy. India, in sharp contrast to U.S. ground strategy in Iraq in 2003 and thereafter, maintains very large numbers of ground forces that can be used to flood territories...
  • Iran Incident an Excuse for War-Welfare State (Tinfoil Paul Promotion)

    01/14/2008 9:29:16 AM PST · by Partisano · 40 replies · 66+ views
    The Future of Freedom Foundation | January 11, 2008 | Jacob G. Hornberger
    Toward Militarism, War, Empire, Caskets, and Bankruptcy Future of Freedom Foundation Friday, January 11, 2008 Hornberger’s Blog by Jacob G. Hornberger When U.S. intelligence agencies recently surprised the nation with their National Intelligence Estimate announcement that Iran had ceased its nuclear-weapons program several years ago, many people, including ardent supporters of the president, felt that the announcement put to rest any chance of a war against Iran. Not so fast! After all, did the disintegration of the WMD rationale for invading Iraq dissuade the interventionists from continuing their invasion of Iraq and occupying the country and continuing to kill Iraqis...
  • Hopewell Culture Shows Little Evidence of Warfare

    12/19/2007 3:48:49 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 230+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 12-18-2007 | Bradley T Lepper
    Hopewell culture shows little evidence of warfare Tuesday, December 18, 2007 2:56 AM By Bradley T. Lepper War, in one form or another, has been a part of the human experience for centuries. Archaeologist Lawrence Keeley, in his book War Before Civilization, argues that it has been with us for millennia, but that historians and archaeologists have downplayed its importance because we like to think our ancestors were smarter than us and lived in more or less perfect harmony. The evidence against that, however, is growing stronger with each discovery. Otzi, the 5,000-year-old Italian "Ice Man," died with an arrow...
  • Civil War Watch Stopped Suddenly; Sub End Still Unknown (H.L. Hunley)

    12/17/2007 6:15:31 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies · 317+ views
    National Geographic ^ | December 17, 2007 | Bruce Smith
    Civil War Watch Stopped Suddenly; Sub End Still Unknown Bruce Smith in Charleston, South Carolina Associated Press December 17, 2007 When scientists opened the watch belonging to the H.L. Hunley commander three years ago, they thought they had the key clue to why the Confederate submarine sank off Charleston, South Carolina. But the 18-karat gold watch now seems to raise even more questions, despite the finding announced last week that the watch did not slowly wind down but stopped quickly—perhaps the result of a concussion or rushing water. "All of us were thinking the watch pointed to the crucial moment,"...
  • Liquid Body Armor & Virtual-Reality Screens: The High Tech Future of Warfare

    11/06/2007 8:42:57 AM PST · by BGHater · 29 replies · 67+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 05 Nov 2007 | Rebecca Sato
    What will soldiers be wearing on the battlefield by the year 2025? According to the 24th Army Science Conference, future warriors will be equipped with high-tech uniforms of "liquid body armor" now under development using nanotechnologies. The battledress would also be equipped with 360-degree situational awareness technology, plus virtual reality screens that enable troops to navigate an environment by projecting maps on the ground—sort of like R2-D2 on Star Wars. The new form-fitting suit is being developed through the wonder of nanotechnology, which involves manipulating atoms and molecules to create things at the nanometer scale. That's about 50,000 times smaller...
  • Kosovo impasse raises fears of regional unrest-(Balkans the gift that keeps on giving)

    08/26/2007 6:27:54 PM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 224+ views
    the news ^ | 8/27/07 | the news
    BELGRADE: Delicate talks on the future of the breakaway Kosovo province resume this week amid rising fears the deadlock could reignite unrest across the tense Balkan region. The firmly entrenched stances of the leaders of Kosovo’s independence-seeking Albanian majority and Serbia, which wants to retain sovereignty over the province, has left negotiators with few options.
  • Senate Sleepovers Force Paradigm Shift for Military

    07/21/2007 4:27:16 PM PDT · by oldtimer2 · 12 replies · 652+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 21, 2007 | Michael Mcbride
    Senate Sleepovers Force Paradigm Shift for Military By Michael McBride Saturday, July 21, 2007 While Senate sleepovers prove to be fun publicity stunts replete with dramatic unveilings of numerous hide-a-beds, slumber-stilted orations, and polarized politics; they harbor something much more insidious and much more dangerous. Senate hi-jinks are shifting the paradigm of American warfighting far out into the foreseeable future, and likely beyond. Combined with the daily MSM bodycounts which are used only to skew support of the war away from President Bush and our Congressionally supported, UN mandate driven, Iraq invasion and re-construction; Congressional jockeying on the Iraq...
  • Report: Risk of nuclear warfare rising

    06/11/2007 1:55:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 1,209+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/11/07 | Karl Ritter - ap
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - The world's top military powers are gradually dismantling their stockpiles of nuclear arms, but all are developing new missiles and warheads with smaller yields that could increase the risk of atomic warfare, a Swedish research institute said Monday. In its annual report on military forces around the globe, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute also said the rising number of nations with nuclear weapons is raising the risk such arms could be used. "The concern is that countries are starting to see these weapons as useable, whereas during the Cold War they were seen as a deterrent,"...
  • China says U.S. warning on toothpaste irresponsible

    06/03/2007 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Flavius · 39 replies · 1,107+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 6/3/07 | reuteurs
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has branded a U.S. warning against using its toothpaste as irresponsible, saying low levels of diethylene glycol (DEG) were not harmful. "So far we have not received any report of death resulting from using the toothpaste. The U.S. handling (of this case) is neither scientific nor responsible," China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement posted on its Web site over the weekend.
  • Russia bans specimen exports [Claims US building "sterility" bomb]

    06/01/2007 1:39:53 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 42 replies · 1,091+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 31/05/2007 | Adrian Blomfield
    Russia has banned the export of medical specimens after the country's spy agency allegedly uncovered a Western plot to manufacture a biological weapon that would make Russians sterile.In a decree that appeared to reflect the Russian state's growing suspicion of all things Western, the Federal Customs Service forbade the shipment of all human blood, hair, DNA and bone marrow out of the country. While officials gave no formal explanation for the ban, Russia's most respected broadsheet suggested that the customs service had been ordered to act after the Federal Security Service, the KGB's successor, handed an alarming report to President...
  • On this day in history - USS Stark FFG 31 is hit by two Iraqi Exocet Missiles, 37 sailors dead

    05/17/2007 2:05:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies · 1,928+ views
    UPI ^ | May 17, 2007 | The Almanac
    In 1987, two Iraqi Exocet missiles hit the frigate USS Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 seamen. Iraq apologized for mistaking the ship's identity and the Stark's top officers were reprimanded and retired.
  • Iran Creates Women Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

    04/30/2007 12:53:00 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 25 replies · 835+ views
    MENewsLine ^ | 4/29/07 | MENews Line
    LONDON [MENL] -- Iran has created a women's insurgency force meant to help annex Iraq. Iranian opposition sources said the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has established a female unit for operations in Iraq. The sources said IRGC's Quds Force has been training women for the Bader Brigade in Iraq to infiltrate the Baghdad government. Membership in the women's unit has been limited to Shi'ites, who would conduct special operations in Iraq, the sources said. They said IRGC sought to establish Shi'ite women sleeper cells within the Iraqi government and security forces. "The unit would work toward the ultimate goal of...
  • New Laws of Robotics proposed for US kill-bots

    04/16/2007 3:15:00 PM PDT · by Flavius · 29 replies · 855+ views
    the register ^ | 13th April 2007 | By Lewis Page
    A new set of laws has been proposed to govern operations by killer robots. The ideas were floated by John S Canning, an engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre, Dahlgren Division – an American weapons-research and test establishment. Mr Canning's “Concept of Operations for Armed Autonomous Systems” presentation can be downloaded here (pdf). Many Reg readers will be familiar with the old-school Asimov Laws of Robotics, but these are clearly unsuitable for war robots – too restrictive. However, the new Canning Laws are certainly not a carte blanche for homicidal droids to obliterate fleshies without limit; au contraire Canning...
  • Suicide Truck Bomb Captured in Ramadi [Full of Chlorine]

    03/26/2007 4:35:22 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 17 replies · 783+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | March 25, 2007 | Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE No. 20070325-02 RAMADI, IRAQ – Iraqi Police apprehended a suicide truck bomber and captured his vehicle, containing a large quantity of chlorine and explosives, when it failed to detonate in Ramadi March 23. At approximately 1:30 p.m., a white cargo truck came to a halt near the entrance to the Jezeera police station, located about 150 meters from a water treatment plant. The police approached the truck for further investigation and detained the driver when they discovered the truck was rigged with explosives and the driver was attempting to detonate the vehicle. Upon further investigation, the...
  • Doctors of Depravity

    03/04/2007 2:53:43 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 298 replies · 5,170+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/2/07 | Christopher Hudson
    After more than 60 years of silence, World War II's most enduring and horrible secret is being nudged into the light of day. One by one the participants, white-haired and mildmannered, line up to tell their dreadful stories before they die. Akira Makino is a frail widower living near Osaka in Japan. His only unusual habit is to regularly visit an obscure little town in the southern Philippines, where he gives clothes to poor children and has set up war memorials. Mr Makino was stationed there during the war. What he never told anybody, including his wife, was that during...
  • US military unveils heat-ray gun

    01/25/2007 12:43:49 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 33 replies · 1,654+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, January 25, 2007 | James Westhead
    The gun uses a large dish mounted on a Humvee vehicle The US military has given the first public display of what it says is a revolutionary heat-ray weapon to repel enemies or disperse hostile crowds. The gun - called Silent Guardian - projects an invisible high energy beam that produces a sudden burning feeling, but is actually harmless. The beam can be fired as far as 500m (550 yards), much further than existing non-lethal weapons like rubber bullets. The gun should be in use by the US military within three years. The prototype weapon uses a large rectangular...
  • Thursday Military/Crime/Warfare/Security Briefing

    01/18/2007 5:48:51 AM PST · by occu77 · 123+ views
    The Missal ^ | 1/18/07 | Jack
    Thursday Military/Crime/Warfare/Security Briefing
  • Rewriting the Rules of War

    01/06/2007 10:43:44 PM PST · by Starman417 · 19 replies · 941+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | 1-5-07 | Tom Snodgrass
    The Korean War began the change in the American concept of war away from total war to a form of war that was more “civilized” and “less dangerous” in the minds of social scientists.A curious thing happened in American thinking about warfare in 1961 – the rules needed to be rewritten, or so thought “the best and the brightest” civilian strategists that President Kennedy brought with him into the White House. In his book The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam covers how Robert McNamara, McGeorge Bundy, William P. Bundy, Dean Rusk, George Ball, et.al, arrogantly ignored the historical lessons...
  • Mideast: Lessons from classical warfare[Spengler]

    11/09/2006 11:30:32 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 6 replies · 587+ views
    Asia Times Online ^ | 07 Nov 2006 | Spengler
    Ancient armies with edged weapons first gave meaning to the term "asymmetrical warfare", much misused by armchair fanciers of anti-colonial warfare. Alexander killed 230,000 Persians at Gaugamela in 331 BC against 4,000 Greek and allied dead. In ancient warfare the pursuers slaughtered the pursued, and the side that ran took all the casualties. Whole civilizations melted away before the onslaught of superior forces. The great error in Western policy is to imagine that anything fundamental has changed. We throw around the term "cutting edge" lightly, too often forgetting that the edge always lands on someone's back. For three years I...
  • Abu Hamza al-Muhajer : Virtual Threats from a Virtual Sheik

    09/28/2006 4:42:16 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 1 replies · 277+ views
    The Inside Straight ^ | 09/28/06 | vanity
    The web is abuzz tonight with sinister warnings from someone the media says has taken command of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Should we be afraid ?
  • Who's Going to Win?

    09/11/2006 7:07:32 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 1 replies · 127+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 9/11/2006 | Kenneth Silber
    During the Cold War, some of the fiercest anti-Communists believed their cause was likely to fail. The writer and former Communist Whittaker Chambers sought to rally the West against his erstwhile comrades, but wrote that in making his break from Communism he "knowingly chose the side of probable defeat." George Orwell criticized fellow anti-Communist author Arthur Koestler for espousing "short-term pessimism" and a brighter long-term view; Orwell believed the long-term prospect was no less bleak. A similar pessimism colors a good deal of current thinking about what I will call, for convenience, the War on Terror. (Indeed, what to name...
  • Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron Deploys to Kuwait

    08/27/2006 1:15:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 1,532+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Mass Communication Specialist Cale T. Bentley
    SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWRON) 34 from Naval Coastal Warfare Group (NCWG) 1 deployed to Kuwait Aug. 22 and 24 to provide harbor and port security. They are tasked to protect ships carrying supplies for allied forces in Iraq. “This is my second time going over there, and it feels really good to help our troops get what they need to accomplish their mission,” said Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Martin Garcia of NCWRON 34. NCW squadrons use sensor platforms to provide a technical picture of the ports and harbors as they patrol the harbors for...
  • China Deconstructed

    08/15/2006 9:06:55 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 482+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 11, 2006 | Elizabeth Young
    Although it may not get much attention in Asian Studies courses, China exported the cruise missile that Hezbollah used to attack an Israeli ship, one of the components that set off the Israel/Lebanon conflict, the U.S. China Commission found. “China is in a position of conventional warfare that we never dreamed in the early 90’s they would be, although we have always known about their nuclear capabilities,” said United States-China Commission Chairman Larry Wortzel at a recent hearing on Capitol Hill. The United States experiences similar trouble with China in regards to energy reliance. For example, when China offered foreign...
  • The Age of Post-National Warfare

    08/10/2006 7:17:48 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 1 replies · 125+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 8/10/2006 | Arnold Kling
    "Look," he says, "I'm sorry for reminding you of this, but if we still had laws, the Mafia would be a criminal organization." "But we don't have laws," she says, "so it's just another chain." -- Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash In Neal Stephenson's 1992 science-fiction classic, the two main characters have been hired by the Mafia and other ethnic corporate franchises to deal with a fanatic religious cult whose chief warrior possesses a hydrogen bomb. In the novel, governments are too powerless to deal with this threat. It is a brutal, post-national world. Today in reality, Islam contains a fanatical...
  • Warfare intensifies in southern Lebanon

    08/05/2006 2:50:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 979+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/06 | Sam F. Ghattas - ap
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Israel and Hezbollah sharply intensified fighting with a blitz of airstrikes, dozens of rocket attacks and brutal ground combat on Saturday, each apparently trying to inflict as much damage as possible to strengthen their bargaining positions. In a sign of progress on the diplomatic front, the United States and France agreed on a U.N. Security Council resolution that calls for the fighting to end but would let Israel defend itself if attacked. Israeli commandos battled Hezbollah guerrillas in a raid on an apartment building in the southern port city of Tyre, while warplanes blasted south Beirut. The...
  • A New Enemy Gains on the U.S. ("It abides by no laws of war")

    07/30/2006 5:03:30 AM PDT · by frankjr · 86 replies · 2,052+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/30/06 | Thom Shanker
    POUND for pound and pounding for pounding, the Israeli military is one of the world’s finest. But Hezbollah, with the discipline and ferocity of its fighters and ability to field advanced weaponry, has taken Israel by surprise. Now that surprise has rocketed back to Washington and across the American military. United States officials worry that they’re not prepared, either, for Hezbollah’s style of warfare — a kind that pits finders against hiders and favors the hiders. Certain that other terrorists are learning from Hezbollah’s successes, the United States is studying the conflict closely for lessons to apply to its own...
  • America to Help Lebanese Displaced by Warfare, Bush Says

    07/25/2006 4:49:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 334+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 25, 2006 – The United States backs Israel's right to defend itself against terrorist groups like Hezbollah, but it also wants to aid thousands of suffering Lebanese who've fled the fighting, President Bush said here today. The Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorists who are assaulting Israel with rocket fire are afraid of democracies, Bush said during a White House press briefing with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Hezbollah's attacks illustrate "a terrorist organization trying to stop the advance of democracy in the region," the president said. Fighting erupted after Hezbollah guerillas crossed into Israel from Lebanon to kidnap two Israeli...
  • Mark Steyn: Before the white man came? War

    07/18/2006 7:45:03 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 208 replies · 6,262+ views
    Macleans ^ | 07/18/06 | Mark Steyn
    We've deluded ourselves into believing in the myth of the noble and peaceful primitive Nicholas Wade's Before The Dawn is one of those books full of eye-catching details. For example, did you know the Inuit have the largest brains of any modern humans? Something to do with the cold climate. Presumably, if this global warming hooey ever takes off, their brains will be shrinking with the ice caps. But the passage that really stopped me short was this: "Both Keeley and LeBlanc believe that for a variety of reasons anthropologists and their fellow archaeologists have seriously underreported the prevalence of...
  • Crawling Porsches and the prayerful join Lebanon's opulent exodus

    07/15/2006 4:09:19 PM PDT · by wouldntbprudent · 19 replies · 876+ views
    Telegraph ^ | July 15, 2006 | Tim Butcher
    It was perhaps the most elegant exodus in history. Thousands of wealthy, well-dressed Arabs snarled the mountain roads leading to Syria with their Range Rovers and Porsches as they fled Lebanon yesterday. There were women with expensive coiffures, husbands wearing designer sunglasses and teenagers playing the latest hand-held video games as Lebanon morphed from Arab world summer playground to ghostland.
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 07-15-2006

    07/15/2006 11:31:41 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 245+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-15-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. An Israeli air-defense ship Apparently suffered a slip A missile got through-- fired by you-know-who? "Now you've made Israel MAD!" I quip.