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There's a good connection there. Breitbart has taken considerable risk, too, and came out so far on top. You've taken some risks yourself. Good on both of you.
Toggle Commented May 1, 2011 on Breitbart at Cobb
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The Africanists at the DoD school I went to spent a lot of time disabusing people of notions. Spend a little time with Army foreign area officers and aid people and NGOniks who work in that area, and one can get cynical quick. One of the common themes I have occasionally heard is of the African-American person who shows up in the field expecting the Africa world to be one way, and gets their world rocked. It could be either by having romantic notions shattered witnessing the sheer size of the continent and what lies under the thin veneer of peaceful civilization, by getting the Richard Pryor "You look Italian" not-in-the-tribe feeling from the local folks, or even by getting stuck in the middle of some issue and treated not like an American because he *looks* like a rival tribe. (Makes negotiations harder sometimes: "You said WHAT about the sergeant?!?" "Why are you pointing guns at my colonel?") In 2006, I participated in a project that brought together social scientists, area experts, and computer geeks to try to find some possible tool that could help in identifying when a genocide might be imminent. One side effect was that when I flew over the approaches to Kirkuk last year hanging out of a helicopter, I recognized the marks in the desert as being where an entire village got wiped out and the structures taken or burned down to the foundations--looked just like some Darfur locations without the scorch marks from recent burning. It's an area of expertise I'd rather not have.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2011 on The Great African War at Cobb
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Hitchens and Fallaci both struggle with the legacy of the movement to which they contributed in their writing. I concur with your assessment of City Journal and must subscribe.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2011 on Soixante-Huitards at Cobb
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I have tended to credit Herman Kahn and the Hudson Institute crowd for the American implementation of MAD, myself. For the Soviet and American understanding post-brinksmanship, I defer to Paul Bracken's description of the structure of nuclear diplomacy (example: book "Fire In The East").
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2010 on That Blip Called Iraq at Cobb
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I figure that critique fits under the category of "he's trying too hard". I kinda get his point but it's a stretch. Also, there's been some entertaining discussion on the 'liberaltarian' concept over the last few months in the ol' blogosphere.
The TED conference--started as one Big Deal, and snarled the traffic in Monterey when I was studying there, and infiltrated my mailbox and now there are TEDs everywhere--has some great lectures. This one right here (via Instapundit) is a pretty... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at baldilocks
Architects can make neighborhoods and communities, for better or worse. He made some buildings people not me liked, and a lot of architects imitated to less success. It's beginning to be more acceptable to bash that architect. Dalrymple's take is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at baldilocks
The character House is a good technician but a lousy doctor. We are more than wet machines; we're people. Those 'wasted' moments are sometimes the whole point. Perhaps death is a useful reminder that time, and life, is spent and not infinite. Spent, or invested.
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2010 on Naughty Death, Nice Death at Cobb
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I note that Baldi (who is currently in a hot air balloon over David Malki's house planning to drop five hundred cubic meters of pudding onto a parking lot) went to CPAC, where there was talk of Tea Parties and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2010 at baldilocks
The legendary Val Prieto doesn't need any intro--he's the man, after all, who forced Steve Graham to put a mojo'd pig in a China box and call it barbecue even though it isn't Carolina style--but perhaps I need to say... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at baldilocks
Nicely structured post--and good point. I not coincidentally started a tour in the Middle East at the same time CJ began to change. LGF's blocked here, so I've not seen any of this happen except on other blogs. It's like watching a star nova while it's eclipsed.
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2009 on Say Goodbye at baldilocks
Thanks, all! I think it's time to re-read that book...
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2009 on Tell That To the Carthaginians at Cobb
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Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers: The girl told him bluntly: "My mother says violence never solves anything." "So?" Mr. Dubois looked at her bleakly. "I'm sure the city fathers of Carthage would be glad to know that. Why doesn't your mother tell them so? Or why don't you?" They had tangled before--since you couldn't flunk the course, it wasn't necessary to keep Mr. Dubois buttered up. She said shrilly, "You're making fun of me! Everybody knows that Carthage was destroyed!" "You seem to be unaware of it," he said grimly. "Since you do know it, wouldn't you say that violence had settled their destinies rather thoroughly? However, I was not making fun of you personally; I was heaping scorn on an inexcusably silly idea--a practice I shall always follow. Anybody who clings to the historically untrue--and thoroughly immoral--doctrine that "violence never solves anything" I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee, and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedom."
Toggle Commented Oct 24, 2009 on Tell That To the Carthaginians at Cobb
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Dude, just speak truths and the politics will settle out as it should. We need guys in the whole political spectrum to serve. I forget who said it, maybe Powell, but we have C through W here if not A to Z. I think this is essential to our society. So token away, man. I agree with you on Totten. Middle East studies went bad in this country about the time Said got famous, and Cole is a primary proponent of the "Orientalism" viewpoint popular in the Middle East Studies Association. I'm voting for Totten...
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2009 on Best Middle East Blog: Michael Totten at BlackFive
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I used to go running on Saturdays in DC with a group of people from all over town. I can confirm Wolf's estimate of junior HRC staffer types--not bad even without the 2/10/2 adjustment factored in.
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2008 on Some details about Senior Visits... at BlackFive
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Hey SS: You've got a typo. Loren Thompson's a guy, not a Miz. He's a graybeard in the Beltway, Ph.D. type. Regular media presence. Crotchety but not stupid, has followed military stuff for a long while. I wonder why Douglas Quenqua decided to use the quotes he did; I sense a lack of digging. Code Pink? Eesh. Did Quenqua source anyone *not* already on the "military issues" section of the telephone's speed dial?
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2008 on A Few Good Women at BlackFive
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Ersatz?
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2008 on Notice, Ignoring, and Impact at BlackFive
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I find it interesting that O'Hanlon, a fellow who I consider worth listening to if not always agreeing with, appears in the media frequently as a Brookings fellow. By the way, he also was recently hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign. I also find it interesting that this latter fact is not in the Reuters piece...
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A fellow bubblehead, eh? Totten's report is way improved from the reports I got from the Marines who left Ramadi a couple of months back. Totten's report is also matching what I was seeing in the mil reports. It was the HQ for AQI and a very very nasty place. I trust Totten's observations from previous reading of his work. I recommend a good look at the COIN manual (to understand more about our own reasoning) and the captured AQ strategy docs, by the way; "withdrawing to the periphery" is not possible when there isn't a periphery, and one thing we're doing by carving out a space for Ramadi to live away from the thumb of AQ is denying bad guys operational space (which they had in Sudan then Afghanistan then Iraq/Iran).
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2007 on Safe In Ramadi at Cobb
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You know Barry of Enrevanche, and he knows from good food. Y'all both are into braniac IT stratagery, too.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2007 on Bowen in NYC at Cobb
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Words, and actions. Actions speak pretty darn loudly.
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I'd recommend contacting Rich Galen as well. Galen's a guy I've been reading for a while; he has an email list that goes out a couple of times a week that's entertaining. He signed on to the Fred campaign as a senior adviser type. His blog is here and main site here. I know the FDT campaign has been engaging with bloggers, but Galen might be a useful additional person to buttonhole about it. Caveat: I don't know who I'm voting for so don't have a dog in the fight, but I do like Rich Galen's writing.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2007 on The Gymnastics of Snubbing Tavis at Cobb
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Congratulations on the new opportunity! Sounds as though you've got a fun challenge.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2007 on Michael Bowen at Solver at Cobb
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Signed, but what else can be done to get this achieved? Is it time to get some staffers involved, or press, or some such?
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Neither here nor there, but: --Navy guys have the same kind of discussion about one of our departed admirals. --The Mosquito was a darned useful publication back in the day for a staff pogue like me to understand what the heck was going on. From me to y'all, thanks. The guys now are trying, but as I understand it their money got yanked about a year ago.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2007 on Not just NO but HELL NO at BlackFive
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