Archive of Dec 2009

31.12.09
War Is Boring is now on Facebook

by KYLE MIZOKAMI As part of our push into the world of social media, War Is Boring has officially invaded Facebook. Drop by the War Is Boring Facebook page and join us. Don’t forget to say hello! Also, don’t forget the War Is Boring Twitter feed. (Photo: U.S. Army)

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31.12.09
Former Indonesian Prez Dies

by SAM ABRAMS Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid died Wednesday in Jakarta. President from 1999 to 2001, he succeeded Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie who himself replaced long-time strongman Suharto in 1998. Wahid was Indonesia’s president to compete in open elections in more than a generation. Known affectionately as “Gus Dur,” Wahid is being remembered for his [...]

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31.12.09
War Is Boring‘s Newest Contributor: Kim Jong Il

David Axe here. War Is Boring is excited beyond words to bring you our latest contributor, Dear Leader Kim Jong Il of North Korea. We hope you enjoy the Dear Leader’s wit, wisdom and insight. Please hang on every precious word. Please, do it for my Korean family. by KIM JONG IL Hello. My name [...]

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30.12.09
Offiziere.ch: Ambitious U.S. Space Transport Moves Forward

by DAVID AXE Against all odds, a controversial Pentagon concept for delivering people, robots and cargo through space to remote combat zones is moving forward. For nearly eight years the so-called Small-Unit Space Transport and Insertion concept, known by its acronym “SUSTAIN,” has weathered skeptical government officials, questions about its strategic wisdom and the ongoing [...]

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30.12.09
Kyle’s Links 12/30/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * India tweaking doctrine for two-front war with China, Pakistan * U.S. considers letting Japan into F-35 program * Afghanistan’s haunted O.P. * Insurgency violence in Kashmir down 25% * China talks first overseas naval base

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30.12.09
Guinea Tribe Arms as War Fears Grow

by DAVID AXE In a bloodless coup in Guinea a year ago, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized power following the death of strongman Lansana Conte. But many in Guinea never accepted Camara’s rule. Three weeks ago, Camara’s former aide Aboubacar Diakite shot and wounded Camara. Since then, Camara has been recovering in Morocco while his [...]

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30.12.09
Gabon Opposition Gets Organized

by DAVID AXE Last summer Gabon’s president Omar Bongo died after more than 40 years in office. Bongo and his huge family had pilfered the once oil-rich West African country while providing a measure of stability and security that had kept anyone from complaining too loudly. Upon Omar’s death, the lesser Bongos scrambled to claim [...]

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29.12.09
Pirates Surge in Gulf of Aden

by DAVID AXE In September, NATO Commodore Steve Chick told me that Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden was on the decline, big time. From July to September 2008, there were 17 hijackings on the Gulf of Aden. During the same period this year, there were just three. At the same time, Chick warned [...]

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29.12.09
Interview with Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif, Former Commander, Regional Command South — Part Two

In November 2008, the Dutch army’s Mart de Kruif was promoted to the rank of major general. On the same day, he took over the 12-month command of NATO Regional Command South in Afghanistan and its more than 40,000 coalition troops. He spoke with War Is Boring European correspondent Andrew Balcombe about the U.S. “surge,” [...]

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28.12.09
Interview with Dutch Major General Mart de Kruif, Former Commander, Regional Command South — Part One

In November 2008, the Dutch army’s Mart de Kruif was promoted to the rank of major general. On the same day, he took over the 12-month command of NATO Regional Command South in Afghanistan and its more than 40,000 coalition troops. He spoke with War Is Boring European correspondent Andrew Balcombe about the U.S. “surge,” [...]

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28.12.09
Kyle’s Links 12/28/09

by KYLE MIZOKAMI * Canadian program compensates Afghans for damage and injuries * Violence in Somalia could expand into neighboring countries * Philippines claims on track to ending NPA insurgency by 2010 target * Egypt building underground steel wall to discourage tunnelers * Kandahar neighborhood playground is Soviet army boneyard

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28.12.09
America’s Muslims and Arabs in Uniform = Powerful Assets

by KEVIN KNODELL Last month Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on American soldiers at Fort Hood, killing 13 and wounding 30. Although the investigation is still underway, it’s become fairly clear that Hasan was motivated by his extreme Islamic views. Hasan betrayed his oaths as a doctor and as an Army officer. He betrayed [...]

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