Male Man’s “War is Boring” has a fascinating interview with author (The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea and WAR) and documentary filmmaker (Restrepo and Korengal) Sebastian Junger on American male identity and why young men often want to go to war.

Sebastian Junger is a rare filmmaker. His trio of […]

War Creep

The other day Anne Applebaum had a great piece on the impending war in Europe (or is it???) in The Washington Post:

Over and over again — throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels — I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing […]

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The End of the End of History

That is the title of this very interesting piece from Walter Russell Meade at his blog Via Meadia at The American Interest on the new foreign policy challenges picking up steam in the latter half of 2013:

Sometime in 2013, we reached a new stage in world history. A coalition of great powers has long […]

Trapped Like a Rat?

Some people don’t talk, they act. Some talk and never act. Others talk and then feel forced to act to save face out of some misguided or insane sense of pride. Let’s hope that latter one doesn’t describe North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. With the threats billowing out of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s […]

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An Immodest Proposal

Laura Cannon, a 2001 West Point graduate, is — with apologies to Pat Benatar — arguing for love on the battlefield.

General Order No. 1 prohibits sex (and alcohol consumption) on an Army deployment. Typical deployments last approximately one year, so if West Point graduates follow the academy’s rules, then they abstain for all […]

In Class With Floyd

In tonight’s International Law seminar we come to the laws of war —jus ad bellum — the laws by which nations resort to war and jus in bello — laws governing individual conduct within war/combat. In that vein, tonight’s discussion will involve flaming pigs and scorpion bombs (terra cotta pots filled with Iraqi Death […]

Memorial Day Reading…

I mentioned way back in January that I was going to begin reading War — Sebastien Junger’s account of his time in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Well… a heavier than expected course load and the siren song that was Claire Berlinski’s book on Margaret Thatcher (and a couple of other books) conspired […]

First Out of the Box

This is the first book out of the box for me in 2011. I’ve had this one on my nightstand for a couple of months waiting to finish all of my grading and finishing Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory. I’ve seen Restrepo — the documentary film covering roughly the same material as […]