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On Afghanistan and Bing West’s ‘The Wrong War’

After Osama bin Laden got capped and the news entered its endless speculpinionating echo-chamber mode, I felt ready for a book about the intricacies and paradoxes of the war in Afghanistan. When I originally sat down to write this essay (longer than 1,000 words, and you don’t have to call it a “blog post”), I… Continue reading ‘On Afghanistan and Bing West’s ‘The Wrong War’’



It’s Going to Be So Easy to Beat These Stupid Aliens

If there is one lesson that Hollywood has taught us, it is that we should not worry about an alien invasion. Yes, there will probably be some infrastructure damage. Yes, a number of people will die/disintegrate/be farmed for their blood, but in the end we will turn the tide against our potential colonizers/invaders because they… Continue reading ‘It’s Going to Be So Easy to Beat These Stupid Aliens’