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Military Education and Reading Lists

While catching up on Tom Ricks’ “Best Defense” blog over at Foreign Policy magazine, I found what I think is the best military reading list I have ever seen. Tom is right, reading it is an education in and of itself. It is less a list and more of a literature review of 3000 years of military history. If you have any interest at all in the profession of arms, I encourage you to take a look at this definitive list.

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zizeksmash:


This is the actual jacket cover of Slavoj Žižek’s book, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously, or as my friend Dave Nelson wrote when he passed it along to me earlier this week, The Year of Being Clumsily Photoshopped into Pics of Kids Rioting.

Does anyone else think “Žižek Walking Away From Things On Fire” would be a good meme?

Yes. God, yes.

motherjones:

zizeksmash:

This is the actual jacket cover of Slavoj Žižek’s book, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously, or as my friend Dave Nelson wrote when he passed it along to me earlier this week, The Year of Being Clumsily Photoshopped into Pics of Kids Rioting.

Does anyone else think “Žižek Walking Away From Things On Fire” would be a good meme?

Yes. God, yes.

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upwithchris:

From The New York Times’ fascinating interview with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi:

He was troubled by the gangs and street of violence of Los Angeles, he said, and dismayed by the West’s looser sexual mores, mentioning couples living together out of wedlock and what he called “naked restaurants,” like Hooters.
“I don’t admire that,” he said. “But that is the society. They are living their way.”

(via NYT)

upwithchris:

From The New York Times’ fascinating interview with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi:

He was troubled by the gangs and street of violence of Los Angeles, he said, and dismayed by the West’s looser sexual mores, mentioning couples living together out of wedlock and what he called “naked restaurants,” like Hooters.

“I don’t admire that,” he said. “But that is the society. They are living their way.”

(via NYT)

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Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people and neither do we.
SGT Slaughter

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The 9/11 Museum is supposed to open today….

But it won’t due to a myriad of factors. According to CNN work is just resuming. The heartbreaking fact about this is not that it didn’t open, it’s that 11 years after the greatest tragedy in our lifetime is that we are a nation divided.

Budget disputes aside, the unfinished nature of this memorial is a perfect metaphor for our Union.

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Taliban prepared to accept Afghanistan ceasefire and political deal, say experts

Our friends at The Guardian posted this article yesterday about the Taliban considering a cease-fire deal. 

If there’s a group within the Taliban that’s suing for peace you can bet that there’s a recalcitrant faction that wants to continue the fight. Could you blame them, really? The International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) are pulling out in 2014, Haqqani and Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) are not popularly supported outside of their operations area. Various reports are saying that ISAF is losing ground in the training mission.

To be sure Afghanistan is a complicated set of problems. The Soviets discovered that in the 1980s, just as we’re realizing now. The issue is that over the past 40 years the only real stable government that the Afgans had was the Taliban. You can bet that the Taliban will rush to fill the vaccuum left after the ISAF withdrawl. I mean, hell, they already have their shadow government established that in many ways is allegedly doing a better job of governing in the rural areas than the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA).

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If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and the Rose