Archive: September 7, 2008 - September 13, 2008

Facts for Chuck Norris

By Robert Bateman Now, the real fact is that I love the "Chuck Norris Facts" genre as much as anybody. For those unaware, these are a series of jokes about what Chuck Norris (or at least his film-alter-ego) can do. My own personal favorites: "Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked someone...

By washingtonpost.com | September 12, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (201)

Palin, Iraq and 9/11

By Colin Kahl Yesterday, on the seventh anniversary of Sept. 11, Alaska Gov. and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave a speech to an Alaska brigade that includes her son and is about to head off to Iraq. Palin told the troops they were going to "defend the innocent from...

By washingtonpost.com | September 12, 2008; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (44)

The Seventh Eulogy

By Clint Douglas Yesterday, on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke before the House Armed Services Committee about the war in Afghanistan. He should be applauded for his honesty, but his words were not...

By washingtonpost.com | September 11, 2008; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (5)

Two Ways to Think About Iraq

By Shawn Brimley Having spent a little time in Iraq last month (with my co-bloggers and colleagues Colin and John), I was extremely impressed with the security gains there, but came away very concerned about how sustainable they are absent more political progress. I won't rehash all the arguments over...

By washingtonpost.com | September 11, 2008; 2:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

And In This Way

By Robert Bateman Each of us has our own story about where we were and what we were doing on that bright September day seven long years ago. "Where were you?" is a question that will follow everyone who was alive and sentient at the time. We will tell our...

By washingtonpost.com | September 11, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (28)

The Era of Contested Commons

By Shawn Brimley There is an emerging consensus that we are slowly but surely entering an era that will see the rise of new great powers and the relative decline of the United States as the world's sole superpower. Most work on this topic explores the question of why such...

By washingtonpost.com | September 11, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (5)

False Idols

By Colin Kahl As a result of Bob Woodward's new book, "The War Within", a narrative is emerging that paints President Bush as a valiant hero who stood up to his Generals and insisted on the surge. In doing so, Bush fans argue, the president's "extraordinary decision" snatched victory from...

By washingtonpost.com | September 11, 2008; 5:07 AM ET | Comments (15)

Learning from the Triangle of Love

By John Nagl There is a town where I served in Iraq, south of Baghdad in the al-Anbar province, named Mahmoudiyah. Since the insurgency began attacks there have been so frequent and severe that it came to be called the "Triangle of Death." The area suffered 35 attacks a week...

By washingtonpost.com | September 10, 2008; 6:25 PM ET | Comments (4)

Riding the Tiger

By Colin Kahl There are two NPR stories worth listening to on declining U.S. influence in Iraq and the challenges that presents for achieving "sustainable stability" -- that is, a degree of stability that can be maintained as U.S. forces draw down. As our presence diminishes, Iraqi sovereignty concerns intensify,...

By washingtonpost.com | September 10, 2008; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (3)

The New Old American Militarism

By Robert Bateman I find that I am in much the same boat as my fellow blogger Shawn when it comes to preferred defense intellectuals. Like him, one of my favorites is Andrew Bacevich. In my case what really awoke me to Bacevich was his earlier work, in particular one...

By washingtonpost.com | September 10, 2008; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (11)

The Wrong Lessons from Iraq

By Erin Simpson Good morning, and thanks to the Post for hosting this motley crew. Some of you may know me better as "Charlie" from Abu Muqawama, but I promise to neither blog in the third person nor subject you to my fashion commentary here. Following on Colin's discussion on...

By washingtonpost.com | September 10, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

'Synthetic Says What?'

By Robert Bateman I believe that global climate change is a planetary situation caused by human behavior. (I also believe that those who claim that it is not -- well, they generally do not know what they are talking about.) This belief, from a strategic point of view, is the...

By washingtonpost.com | September 9, 2008; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (10)

Whither Al-Qaeda in Iraq?

By Colin Kahl Hello there. I want to thank Phil Carter for inviting me to be part of the team pinch-hitting for him while he's away. For my first post, I wanted to say a few words about al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). Bob Woodward claims in his new book "The...

By washingtonpost.com | September 9, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (3)

Supporting Those Who Serve - All of Them

By Janine Davidson Last night, as I was flipping through the TV channels I stumbled upon the ABC special, "America United in Support of Our Troops." This 2-hour prime-time extravaganza, filmed on the beach near Camp Pendleton in California, included such stars as Janet Jackson, Snoop Dog, Toby Keith, and...

By washingtonpost.com | September 8, 2008; 10:19 PM ET | Comments (3)

Promoting a New Realism

By Shawn Brimley Hello everyone, and thanks for having me. I spent the better part of yesterday reading Andrew Bacevich's new book "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism". A former Army Colonel and popular professor at Boston University, Bacevich believes that both Democrats and Republicans have been...

By washingtonpost.com | September 8, 2008; 8:28 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Influence of Seapower... on Putin

By Robert Bateman In my inaugural posting for the Intel Dump, I thought it wise to introduce myself. My name is Bob Bateman. I am a professional Army Infantry Officer and a historian. I also write a lot. This is, I suppose, is how I landed here in the Dump....

By washingtonpost.com | September 8, 2008; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (13)

Back to the Beginning

By Clint Douglas The war in Afghanistan is spiraling out of control. Long referred to as "The forgotten war" or "the other war, " Afghanistan demands immediate corrective attention, lest we go the way of our British and Soviet predecessors. Their failure was never predestined to become ours, and yet...

By washingtonpost.com | September 8, 2008; 2:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Intel Dump Returns

We're happy to announce the return of Intel Dump today, with a group of guest bloggers filling in for Phillip Carter while he is away. In the coming weeks we'll be hearing from: Robert Bateman, Army Infantry Officer and author of Digital War: A View from the Front Lines and...

By washingtonpost.com | September 8, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
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