I am a member of a special-interest national security e-mail discussion group (long story); one of the other members today posted a link to an article in Foreign Affairs by David Kaye entitled “The Legal Consequences of Illegal Wars”: So what is the law? The black-letter law on the use of force is quite simple: […]
Lewis Amselem, who writes the always-entertaining-and-insightful blog the DiploMad, shares the likely answer: I asked about chemical weapons. He perked up. Abbas laughed. He claimed that Iraq managed to slip those into Syria, “Right under your noses!” He roared this line, letting his nationalist sentiment overwhelm his new putative role of American vassal. Abbas insisted […]
Today is the anniversary of the surrender of Japan to the United States. As it turns out, my father John Webster — as a 21-year-old US Navy radioman on Guam in August 1945 — was involved in sending the message from the US Navy to the Japanese Imperial Navy on how to reach them for […]
Mark Mills over at Real Clear Energy reports that The Oil Drum, a website devoted to the concept of ‘peak oil’ has stopped updating itself and will serve hereafter as an archive of old posts. As Mills notes: But what peaked instead was the ability to argue that the era of oil, and hydrocarbons, […]
Via Instapundit comes this rather damning image contrasting the “Obama Flag” (available for sale!) with the chilling image from Libya. Meanwhile, here’s the rest your morning roundup: Tomorrow (9/21) is Clint Eastwood Appreciation Day. Go see “Trouble with the Curve” and drive the Left nuts. Megan McArdle talks about the merit pay issue for teachers. […]
From conservative-mole-within-State, Diplomad: In the late-1990s, I was working in State’s Political-Military Bureau in Washington. One of our duties was to work with the Pentagon planning and executing “noncombatant evacuation operations” (NEOs) in countries where the security situation had gone belly up. We had the job of getting our people out of harm’s way. This […]
[UPDATE at end of post] Russian President-for-Life Vladimir Putin can show off his pecs and fly with the geese, but Russia is largely a world-power has-been at this point, even with its nuclear arsenal. China, though — China, with fewer nukes, is more dangerous, all the more so because of its internal problems (weak economics […]
…unless you think it’s an accident that this happened on 9/11. ..bruce w..