Category Archives: Military

Militarism Is This Unpopular?

By way of Matthew DiCarlo, we find these very interesting data about who should and should not be a teacher: In a country that constantly ‘honors its troops’ (even as it too often doesn’t really support them), approves of torture, … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Military | 3 Comments

Highly Trained Gunmen?

Last week, when the awful murders in Paris occurred, there was some blather about how this was a ‘military-style’ assault. I guess military-style assault is like kosher-style deli (boldface mine): Both brothers who carried out the attack against satirical weekly … Continue reading

Posted in Military, Terrorism | 4 Comments

When Will We Admit We Have ‘Lost’?

Regarding Syraqistan, a while ago, I defined the word insanity as the U.S foreign and military policy establishment (boldface added): Over the last 20 years, every time (with one exception) we have intervened militarily (and airstrikes are an intervention–just ask … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East, Military, Syria

War Is the Ultimate Big Government Program

To follow up on these posts, one thing I’ve never understood is how conservatives, who constantly proclaim that government can do nothing right (despite evidence to the contrary), when given an opportunity to declare war*, despite our last couple decades … Continue reading

Posted in Middle East, Military | 2 Comments

Massachusetts Is Doing Defense Spending Wrong

I’ve never liked massive defense spending. In the best case scenario, the stuff we purchase ends up never being used, and, in the worst case, Little Lord Pontchartrain decides to invade the wrong fucking country. As macroeconomic policy, it creates … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Fucking Morons, Massachusetts, Military, Taxes | 1 Comment

The Other Problem With the State of the Union

While noting the contributions of injured servicemen has become a staple of State of the Union addresses, the way Cory Remsburg was treated struck a bad chord with me. I couldn’t quite find the appropriate words to describe why it … Continue reading

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60th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry

I’ve shot this flag on Acorn Street (Beacon Hill, Boston), but I never realized that it is the a flag of the 60th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which only existed from 1864 – 1865 (no, that’s not a typo): The … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Massachusetts, Military