Archive for June, 2006

The media-military relationship

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in History, Media, Military, The War On Terrorism, War

I came across this article in the Naval War College Review today. It’s from 2002, but it’s still a good exploration of why the media and the military so often find themselves at odds. The author, Douglas Porch, is a professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. My entire post is too […]

June 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Veterans, Breathe Easy…

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Breaking News

They got your information back, and it looks like nothing was compromised… WASHINGTON, June 29 â€â€? The government has recovered a stolen laptop computer and external hard drive that contains the birthdates and Social Security numbers for millions of veterans and military personnel, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation […]

June 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 3 Comments »


By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Dumb Things Said By Smart People

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of an adult crying over nothing. So yes, the following is exceedingly superficial, but that’s sort of the point. Lee Seigel just penned one of the most asinine editorials I’ve read in quite some time. The topic? Baseball caps. And I don’t even wear baseball caps! In particular, […]

June 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Condi caught on tape

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Foreign Policy, The War On Terrorism, The World, War

Condoleeza Rice was caught on tape having a frank discussion about Iraq with a Russian diplomat. It’s a fascinating inside look at diplomacy in action — and the way such diplomacy is later presented to the outside world. Tweet

June 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Shuttle to launch tomorrow, weather permitting

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in In The News, Science, Technology

I’m a space geek. Always have been, always will. I think money put into space exploration is generally both well spent and extremely cool. I regret that I will probably not live long enough to witness the first human colony on another planet. I think life on other planets is a mathematical near-certainty. If I […]

June 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

David Addington and Ignoring the Constitution

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Foreign Policy, Law, The War On Terrorism

Well, now we have an idea of how this “whatever I do is right” attitude of the administration is coming from. From the New Yorker: On December 18th, Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, joined other prominent Washington figures at FedEx Field, the Redskins’ stadium, in a skybox belonging to the team’s owner. During […]

June 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Implications of Hamdan SCOTUS Case

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism

SCOTUS blog has this: Even more importantly for present purposes, the Court held that Common Article 3 of Geneva aplies as a matter of treaty obligation to the conflict against Al Qaeda. That is the HUGE part of today’s ruling. The commissions are the least of it. This basically resolves the debate about interrogation techniques, […]

June 29th, 2006 | Permalink| 20 Comments »

“A Declaration of Independence …

By amba | Related entries in Elections, General Politics

… from Politics Without Purpose” is the new Web-based centrist juggernaut Unity08’s ringing challenge to polarizers of both parties. Read it. Sign it. And tell your friends and family. It’s short and punchy, as befits an age short of both time and attention span. It’s short and testy, as befits the frustration of the massive […]

June 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

What Is Not Tolerated Here

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging

In a post regarding the NY Times editor, Bill Keller, this comment was made: This is what we call high treason, Mr. Keller. And don’t complain to us about “continuing to give the story publicityâ€Â? by calling you out on it. If you and your buddies hadn’t published it all over the country in the […]

June 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 37 Comments »

Is it a War or an Occupation?

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, War

Yesterday, NPR ran a segment that discussed how, in the lead up to this year’s elections, politicians will use language to influence popular opinion on the Iraq War. Interviewed was linguist and sometimes Democratic advisor George Lakoff, the patron saint of spin doctors whose ability to manipulate language is matched only by his inability to […]

June 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 9 Comments »