Category Archives: Politics and Culture

The Gangs of London

Posted by lex, on August 15th, 2011

An interesting AP article on the way that criminal youth gangs in London and elsewhere – the vanguard of the recent street violence and looting within Britain – have consciously emulated their transatlantic cousins from Los Angeles:

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Hope and Change?

Posted by lex, on August 9th, 2011

So two-and-a-half years ago.

The new theme is slash and burn, according to Politico:

Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee.

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Culture of Conformity

By lex, on August 9th, 2011

An interesting article on the Army’s “culture of conformity” submitted by occasional reader Red which may shed some light on what the authors believe is a long-running and systemic inability of the elder service’s officer corps to adapt to changing conditions:

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A Week Late

Posted by lex, on August 10th, 2011

Thirty-eight lives short:

The Taliban who shot at a US military helicopter which crashed, leaving 38 American and Afghan troops dead, have been killed, a US commander has said.

General John Allen, US forces commander in Afghanistan, said those responsible had been targeted in an air strike.

Separately, Nato said in a statement the strike had killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired at the helicopter.

“The strike killed Taliban leader Mullah Mohibullah and the insurgent who fired the shot associated with the August 6th downing of the CH-47 helicopter,” the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) statement said.

But Isaf did not specify whether it was Taliban fire that had brought down the Chinook in Wardak province, west of Kabul.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Wednesday, Gen Allen said international forces learned where the insurgents had fled to, sought them out and killed them.

“We dealt with them in a kinetic strike,” Mr Allen said.

Traditionally, the blogger attempts to place something pithy or wise here.

Today, I’ve got nothing.

 

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Hyperventilating

Posted by lex, on September 21, 2008

 

I’ve avoided blogging on the latest iteration of the financial market meltdown because, frankly, I don’t pretend to understand it. I mean, yeah: I get the part where traders desperate to sweep up the last few crumbs from the playing table in order to afford the last unsold house in the Hamptons deliriously undervalued risk, and no one was really paying close enough attention to the problem to understand its implications, and that structurally we’d set ourselves up to sell a bunch of mortgages to folks who probably couldn’t afford them because owning a house is part of the American dream and a Social Good In Itself, and that some folks had been systematically priced out – and after all, they meant only for the best! – I get all that.

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The Influence of Seapower

Posted by lex, on July 11th, 2011

Writing in the WSJ, former SecNav Gordon England joins former CNO Vern Clark and former Marine Corps Commandant James L. Jones to channel their inner Alfred Thayer Mahan:

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Part Two

Posted by lex, on June 28th, 2011

In his second article on Al Gore’s second chance at glory  singular, focused mission, Walter Russell Meade concedes arguendo * that the climate alarmists may have a case for anthropogenic global warming, but that the strategy for remediating that change never hurdles the standard policy barriers of “necessity, effectiveness and efficiency”:

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