Tag Archives: Iraq

Took Long Enough

It’s taken a criminally long time for the Iraqi parliament to make a government…and to re-elect the same guy as Prime Minister. This extended drama in the Parliament, just trying to form a government that really cannot be described as … Continue reading

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The (Not So) Hidden Cost

This kind of thing, especially in Fort Hood of all places, is a problem and one that getting increasing attention. Soldiers coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq need more help then they are currently getting. Some of them may not want … Continue reading

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The Men Who Stare At Goats – Jon Ronson

Interesting book. Ronson’s story, a tale told in a very straightforward manner with the authors opinions of whats going being limited within the text, is one of those extraordinary things that we can’t help but believe simply because it is so bizarre. … Continue reading

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Iraq: Can The House Of Cards Stand?

No electricity. Battered infrastructure. Fractured government. Dispute with neighbours. Internal rebellions. And now the US combat mission is nearly at an end. Can free Iraq stand up with just the 50,000 American troops left behind to lean on? Very interesting … Continue reading

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About The British Army…

It may seem like I was going a bit overboard yesterday. Certainly, I didn’t mean to imply that Great Britain and its armed forces are now bit players. But they are weakened. Military force, whether we like it or not, … Continue reading

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The Art Of War by Sun Tzu

I read this for the first time a good long while ago, but circumstances allowed me to listen to the audiobook version in the last few days. Everyone should read Tzu’s work. It is an impressive text, for its very short … Continue reading

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Eight Lives Down by Chris Hunter

You always have to be careful with military memoirs, especially the multitude that are coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan. You have to learn to pick out the ghost written, the biased, and the useless. These books are supposed to … Continue reading

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The Failed States Index: When Being Low Is The Goal

According to the annual tabulating of FPs Failed State Index, Ireland has risen three full places to 176. Oh no! In better news, that still leaves us 8th last (Being low in the table is a good thing, if that wasn’t clear). … Continue reading

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Iraq and the Colonies

I’ve made the comparison before between the new Iraqi Republic and the early years of the United States. Both fledgling democracies, with enemies within and without. Over at North Shore Journal, they’ve taken the comparison a bit further. They give a … Continue reading

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