Archive of Aug 2007

31.08.07
Bigfoot Is a Terrorist

This just in:  A member of the Canadian Mounted Police by the name of Mike Lake has officially notified the Canadian Parliament that he believes that Bigfoot should be added to the nation’s Species at Risk Act. This is similar to the Endangered Species List in the United States. According to Mr. Lake, the creature [...]

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31.08.07
Iraqi Economy: Don’t Make Me Beg

The Iraqi government is making the rounds, ahem, politely asking for regional investment, according to Gulf News: Speaking at the First Iraq Business and Investment Conference, [Iraqi vice-president Dr Adel Abdul] Mehdi said a resurgent Iraq offers great opportunities to both regional and global investors. “There is a huge market supported by a population base [...]

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29.08.07
Experts Say Experts Can’t Be Trusted

Who’s better at predicting threats, conflicts and their outcomes: policymakers and pundits, or a bunch of average slobs? According to one recent study, they’re all about the same:   The research can have serious consequences for foreign policy and business. [Co-author Kesten] Green says, “Political leaders in the West are pondering how best to deal with the threat [...]

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28.08.07
Angelina Jolie Invades Iraq

Angelina Jolie visited Syria and Iraq this week on behalf of the U.N. High Council on Refugees, the A.P. reports: Jolie traveled to the Al-Waleed refugee camp on the Iraqi side of the border and spoke to some of the 1,200 Iraqis living there before visiting a contingent of U.S. troops in the area, the [...]

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28.08.07
No Swarming for Killer Drone

After several years of explosive proliferation, there are now thousands of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in service with U.S. and allied forces. But the vast majority of them operate singly and with a human operator in the loop. Highly autonomous swarms offer many advantages over the prevailing operational concept. They can carry a wide number and [...]

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28.08.07
War Is Boring #19: The Dutch Are Cowards

Related: Dutch ignore Afghan poppy problem  Dutch get suicide-bombed The Dutch disarm Dutch battle video

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28.08.07
How to Take Down Pak’s Nukes

If Pakistan’s nuclear weapons fall into the hands of Islamic extremists, India might try to take them out. But how? Air power, of course. But Pakistan has prepared for this contingency, according to the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center: One effect of Pakistan’s decades-old fears of preventive strikes against its nuclear complex has been a very high priority [...]

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27.08.07
Dutch Lose Another Soldier

“The Netherlands’ military said a Dutch soldier had been killed overnight by a bomb in southern Afghanistan,” the A.P. is reporting. “It said the 30-year-old sergeant was in a unit searching for explosives in the province of Uruzgan when an improvised device exploded, Chief of Staff Dick Berlijn told a televised news conference. A 23-year-old [...]

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27.08.07
MRAPs = “Symbolic Targets” (Bumped and Expanded)

The Marine Corps general in charge of buying “Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected” trucks for the U.S. military had some harsh words for the media who gathered to observe MRAP testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland this morning. “All troops in theater are happy to see these vehicles,” said Brigadier General Mike Brogan in response to several [...]

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26.08.07
WaPo Pulls Cartoon Because It’s Relevant

The Washington Post pulled an Opus cartoon making fun of radical Islamists. Stoke the jihadist fire by clicking through to the full cartoon, published at Salon.com:

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26.08.07
Pak Instability = Nuke Worries?

Pakistan’s military dictator Pervez Musharraf is in trouble. Musharraf’s credibility suffered a severe blow when mobs overturned his attempt to fire the country’s supreme court chief justice. Meanwhile, Pakistani security forces’ fight against terrorists on the Afghan border have cost scores of lives with little discernible progress. All this according to the Associated Press: Talks [...]

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26.08.07
Reason #817 Why the Air Force Sucks

“The hardest wars we fight are not on the battlefield,” Air Combat Command chief Ronald Keys said on August 21, “but the wars we fight in the halls of Congress. They are fought in the Pentagon, they are fought in these programs, to make sure the money is paid and eventually the program is operating.” Keys was talking [...]

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