Is Missing Ammonium Nitrate a Threat to the 2010 Olympics?

I would not be surprised if you were unaware of this story. There has been next to no press about it since the 2 tons of ammonium nitrate, twice that used in the Oklahoma City bombing, showed up missing from a shipment bound for North Vancouver. With less than a month until the world’s eyes are B.C.,...

Who are we fighting and what are we fighting for?

Matthew Hoh, a Marine veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, was rising quickly through our Foreign Service ranks, serving as a Senior Civilian Representative for America in Zabul Province, Afghanistan.  Hoh had a bright government career ahead of him until he quit because the Afghan war is bullshit. The...

On Murder and a Culture of Hate

On February 23rd this year, commenting on a Glenn Beck show segment which discussed armed civil conflict due to Obama’s election victory, I asked: “One wonders how far they’ll tank political discourse before somebody gets f—–g killed.” In a comment to this post, Macswain...

Poverty in Pakistan, Terrorism, and the IMF

[Crossposted at dKos as a diary, please recommend it.] From the intelligence gathered thus far, the consensus opinion on the Mumbai terrorists is they are Islamist extremists who hail from Pakistan. File that revelation under “no surprise”. But information about the lone captured terrorist,...

Whodunnit?: Thinking aloud about the Mumbai terrorist attacks

In the post-9/11 world, one thing always assumed whenever there’s a terrorist attack is that it was perpetrated by Muslim extremists.  Of course, the empirical evidence shows that they usually are, and I would be more surprised to hear that the Mumbai attacks were carried out by, say, a radical...

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