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Spencerackerman
Washington DC
Wired reporter, doing other things on the Internet
Interests: National security, arguing and such. Hardcore, the Yankees, my dog, drumming. You know.
Recent Activity
This blog must die for Attackerman to live. And as of this post, that's exactly what's happening. Starting Monday, this blog will be located -- finally -- at Attackerman.com. No more obnoxiously stupid URL. No more amateurish publishing software. No more spam comments. No more URL hopping. It's taken the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Attackerman
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 992-11 December 01, 2011 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Bell, 28, of Detroit, Mich., died Nov. 30 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Attackerman
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That's Gen. Martin Dempsey and his wife with British WWII vet Dorothy Hughes. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Attackerman
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John Kerry on the forthcoming Bonn conference about sorting Afghanistan: Bonn is still an opportunity for the United States to make clear that we are not abandoning Afghanistan. We have significant long-term strategic interests in the region that will be imperiled if we do not engineer a responsible transition. Usually... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Attackerman
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Gary Sick riffs off Roger Cohen's perception that Obama's Shadow Wars (my/Noah Shachtman's term) are preferable to Bush's famous doctrine: In the case of President Obama, this represents a less costly and less dangerous alternative to the Bush Doctrine of perpetual war. But what happens when the Bush wars are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Attackerman
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Few things are as offensive or aggravating as having your intelligence insulted, especially if you get the sense that the guy doing the insulting feels like he's debasing himself by the ruse. Meet Mitt Romney, as revealed by Robert Draper in the New York Times Magazine. The Romney that Draper... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Attackerman
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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 988-11 November 30, 2011 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. 1st Class Dennis R. Murray, 38, of Red Broiling Springs, Tenn., died Nov. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Attackerman
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"The Obama Doctrine," March 2008: "When Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama met in California for the Jan. 31 debate, their back-and-forth resembled their many previous encounters, with the Democratic presidential hopefuls scrambling for the small policy yardage between them. And then Obama said something about the Iraq War... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Attackerman
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Marin, take a bow for this. Best of all, this GOP freshman congressman teed it up for her. Could Rick Berg be reading from the Party Programme? This is an Infiltration. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Attackerman
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Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Attackerman
The further adventures of Dhimmi Hendrix: The White House quietly ordered a widespread review of government counterterrorism training materials last month, following Danger Room’s reports that officials at the FBI, military and Justice Department taught their colleagues that “mainstream” Muslims embrace violence and compared the Islamic religion to the Death... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Attackerman
Lisa Mullins from BBC/WGBH's "The World" radio program(me) interviewed me yesterday about what losing the Shamsi air base in Pakistan would mean for the drone war. (Which was the subject of a Danger Room piece of mine yesterday that I forgot to post here.) Lisa is quite the canny interviewer.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Attackerman
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 981-11 November 28, 2011 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Adam J. Buyes, 21, of Salem, Ore., died Nov. 26 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Attackerman
God damn. Twisted Brill Building hits all my sweet spots these days. Thanks to the Pentagon spokesman who recommended this to me while sending the implicit message that if I was ever cool, I am definitely not cool anymore. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Attackerman
Now that Playboy's check has cleared, been cashed, and financed my family's Thanksgiving trip to see my wife's mother in Michigan, I can probably say a few words about my first piece for Playboy. It seems not to be online yet, but if you happen to be interested in Miss... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Attackerman
Another ungrateful Iraqi: “Our generation has seen enough,” said Baghdad resident Mustafa Hamza el-Ebadi, 21, who will graduate this spring with a degree in communication and engineering and wants to move to the United States. “When we were kids, there were economic sanctions. When we were teenagers, there were bodies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at Attackerman
Spencerackerman is now following Susan S
Nov 24, 2011
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 973-11 November 23, 2011 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Cpl. Zachary C. Reiff, 22, of Preston, Iowa, died Nov. 21 of wounds suffered Nov. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2011 at Attackerman
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 972-11 November 22, 2011 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pvt. Jackie L. Diener II, 20, of Boyne City, Mich., died Nov. 21 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Attackerman
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 968-11 November 21, 2011 DOD Identifies Marine Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Lance Cpl. Joshua D. Corral, 19, of Danville, Calif., died Nov. 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Attackerman
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King Renly, seen for the first time with his queen, Margaery Tyrell. And then, rising from the froth and foam and salt, the Priest of the Drowned God, Aeron Damphair, with his weak-willed nephew Theon Greyjoy. My image of the Damphair involved a thin, haggard, intense religious fanatic who might... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Attackerman
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 966-11 November 20, 2011 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Pfc. Adam E. Dobereiner, 21, of Moline, Ill., died Nov. 18 at Kandahar province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2011 at Attackerman
Bloomberg: The contenders in the Republican presidential primary field have attacked President Barack Obama’s foreign policies. They say Obama showed weakness by not leading the allied air campaign in Libya, where the U.K and France played prominent roles, and not being tough enough on Iran to stop its nuclear-weapons efforts.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at Attackerman
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 963-11 November 18, 2011 DOD Identifies Army Casualty The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Spc. Sean M. Walsh, 21, of San Jose, Calif., died Nov. 16, in Khowst province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained after encountering indirect... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Attackerman
"I let y'all n****s bang my shit before Saddam hits." Nastradamus did not see national security very clearly. Surprised Steve Hayes didn't use that lyric in his bullshit book to argue that everyone believed Saddam had ties to al-Qaida during the Clinton administration. Noah, I promise I'm going back to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2011 at Attackerman