By lex, on December 31st, 2008
The USS Pueblo was a signals intelligence ship captured by the North Koreans on 23 January 1968 by forces of the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea while operating in international waters. Her CO surrendered the ship after the loss of one sailor killed and ten wounded, but – significantly, to those in the sea service – without having fired a shot in return.
By lex, on December 30th, 2008
It seems to me that all this talk about “proportionality” in the ongoing brawl between Israel and Hamas misses the point. This has nothing at all to do with proportionality, nor even the relative merits of their various arguments, and everything to do with the mutual aspirations of the antagonists. These aspirations overlap in a ven diagram of violence.
By lex, on December 29th, 2008
It means not running:
By lex, on February 18th, 2007
When I was a junior officer, we suffered a much higher mishap rate than we do now, and the Naval Safety Center would issue a weekly summary of mishaps for prominent display on the tack boards in squadron common rooms. I first became aware of the weekly summaries in my first jet training squadron, but couldn’t by myself puzzle out the coding used to classify aircraft damages and personal injuries. Finally I mustered up the courage to ask an instructor what the various codes meant.
Posted by Lex, on December 16th, 2008
Phases I and II for Operation Iraqi Freedom were deployment and battlefield preparation. Phase III was major combat operations – it was over in weeks. Phase IV – post-MCO stabilization and force drawdown – took a very great deal longer and cost more in blood and treasure than most people expected. With the signing of a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the Iraqi and US governments, planning for Stage V – redeployment of forces home – has already begun.
Now it’s time for Phase VI.