Thursday, September 18, 2003

Saudis consider nuclear weapons
Excerpt: Just what the world needed: Saudis consider nuclear weapons . Saudi Arabia has embarked on a strategic review that includes acquiring nuclear weapons, in response to the upheaval in the Middle East. This new threat of proliferation in one of the most dangerous regions of the world comes on top of a crisis over Iran's alleged nuclear program. A strategy paper being considered at...

Friday, September 19, 2003

War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity
Excerpt: Mark Helprin writes: The Claremont Institute: War in the Absence of Strategic Clarity More than merely winning the war in Iraq, we needed to stun the Arab World. America has approached the war on terrorism as if from two dreamworlds. The liberal, in which an absurd understanding of cause and effect, the habit of capitulation to foreign influence, a mild and perpetual anti-Americanism, reflex...

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Death by Optimism
Excerpt: In Death by optimism, NYT columnist Nicholas D. Kristof writes: … Ultimately, Saddam's rule collapsed in part because he couldn't read Iraq and made decisions based on hubris and bad information. These days, President Bush and his aides are having the same problem. Critics complain that they lied to the American public about how difficult the war would be, but I fear the critics...

Saturday, November 15, 2003

No Wiggle Room in a Window War
Excerpt: In the past year, New York State updated the state code governing buildings to require bedroom windows to be at least 5.7 square feet in size. This is causing conflict in the Amish communities in western NY, which have their own religious/cultural requirement that all windows be 5 square feet in size (ok, I'm not sure it's an area requirement as much as the...

Monday, January 12, 2004

War on terrorism doomed, News at 11
Excerpt: War on terrorism doomed, US warned - "The global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious, and accordingly . . . its parameters should be readjusted," and from the Washington Post version of the article: "[T]he global war on terrorism as currently defined and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and ambitious, and accordingly . . . its parameters...

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Too many drones in the sky
Excerpt: The number of drones (Unattended Air Vehicles or UAVs) in the air over Iraq has increased to 700, causing a variety of problems ranging from stress an d burnout for the drone controllers (pilots? don't think so) to collisions between drones and other aircraft: International > Middle East > U.S. Drones Crowding the Skies to Help Fight Insurgents in Iraq" href="">The New York Times...

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