A hypothetical

By · Monday, April 7th, 2008 · 5 Comments »

Imagine, for a moment, that the United States was militarily occupying a country where a certain kind of ethnic prejudice was endemic among traditional segments of the population. Imagine that as part of its occupation plan, the U.S. was allowing these traditionalists to assume greater political control. And imagine that one of the things the […]


By · Monday, March 17th, 2008 · 13 Comments »

I wasn’t reading the Blogger Boyz back when the Iraq invasion was a-cooking, so I don’t have muscle memory of their bellicosity. But in Bad Mother, Anglachel makes a persuasive psychological case that war guilt is partly behind the BB’s hatred of Hillary: Josh Marshall, Matt Yglesias, Mark Kleiman, Kevin Drum, and any number of […]

The Essence of War

By · Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 · 5 Comments »

I’ve written before about how the rape of women is an indissoluble part of war, but Professor Shortell makes the same point in about one-twentieth of the space. He quotes from this article in the New York Times about the war in Congo: Every day, 10 new women and girls who have been raped show […]

He couldn’t be bothered with a single mention of all the raped and enslaved women?

By · Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 · 35 Comments »

I haven’t been watching the Ken Burns documentary “The War,” but this post over at Heart’s got my attention: Where in the name of all that is holy are the comfort women? And it’s not just the “comfort” women; it’s all the enslaved and prostituted and raped women in that global apocalypse, that furnace of […]

Haditha: four down, four to go

By · Thursday, September 20th, 2007 · Comments Off

One by one, the charges are being dismissed against the officers involved in the Haditha massacre. The latest is Capt. Lucas McConnell, who wasn’t on the scene of the massacre but had been charged with failure to report and investigate it. Not any more. His attorney made a couple of fascinating remarks, which I suppose […]

Gen. Petraeus and Baghdad Bob: Separated at birth

By · Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 · 3 Comments »

From Glenn Greenwald: From Monty Python: Sing it with me, Gen. Petraeus! Some things in life are bad, they can really make you mad Other things can make you swear and curse When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble — give a whistle And this’ll help things turn out for the best, and… Always […]

Does this sound like a suicide to you?

By · Monday, August 20th, 2007 · 18 Comments »

LaVena Johnson, Private First Class, died near Balad, Iraq, on July 19, 2005. She was 19 years old. According to the Army, her death was a suicide, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Uh huh. Here’s the evidence in the case: * Two loose front teeth and a “busted lip” that had to be […]

News Flash: Two Wrongs Make a Right

By · Friday, April 6th, 2007 · 9 Comments »

I’m overjoyed that the British sailors have been released. I’m not surprised at all that they were bullied while in captivity, though we can at least be glad they weren’t physically harmed. That said, here’s something I’ve been gnawing over for the past several days: why is it that the existence of Guantanamo Bay (and […]

Iran, Iraq, and other handbasket destinations

By · Friday, January 12th, 2007 · 18 Comments »

Like apparently everyone else in the blogosphere, I spent yesterday musing over this business with Iran. If you’re just getting up to speed, I recommend Bush invaded Iran last night at Americablog and The President’s intentions towards Iran need much more attention from Glenn Greenwald. Increasingly the world media is reporting this as a back-door […]

Is it just me or is Bush a deranged out-of-control mass murderer?

By · Wednesday, January 10th, 2007 · 12 Comments »

“I’m George Bush, and the fact that I’m making this speech from the White House Library means that everything will be different now in Iraq. But I’m still a homicidal maniac.” Most bizarre moment in the speech: “To step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear that country apart and result […]