Archive for the 'War' Category

The Revisionist Imperative: Andrew J Bacevich

Filed under: War — by Will Kirkland 02/7/2012 @ 10:04:50 PM
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“With the possible exception of Israel, the United States is the only developed and democratic nation in which a belief in war’s efficacy continues to enjoy widespread acceptance.  Others, the … [Keep reading >>]

Truth, lies and Afghanistan

Filed under: Asia | War — by Will Kirkland 02/7/2012 @ 9:40:20 PM
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In the Armed Forces Journal no less…
How military leaders have let us down
I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and … [Keep reading >>]

In The Garden of Beasts — a Review

Filed under: Books | War — by Will Kirkland 12/29/2011 @ 4:18:32 PM
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All who have read about, and certainly those who experienced, World War II and Germany’s becoming the vicious murderer of its own people, the invader of bordering countries and a … [Keep reading >>]

Invasion Over: Trauma Not

Filed under: Middle East | War — by Will Kirkland 12/24/2011 @ 12:29:47 PM

 Christopher de Bellaigue in the New York Review of Books reminds us of the truth of the now ended invasion of Iraq:
The world has changed a great deal since the US … [Keep reading >>]

The Arch of Triumph: Love in Paris, 1938 — A Short Take

Filed under: Movies | War — by Will Kirkland 11/18/2011 @ 9:55:27 AM
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Ingrid Bergman looks her fabled, youthful best and Charles Boyer dark and dashing as her handsome, older lover in The Arch of Triumph a forgotten minor gem of WW II … [Keep reading >>]

A Board Game: “Jews Out” — from 1938 Germany

Filed under: War — by Will Kirkland 11/15/2011 @ 1:07:27 PM
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Looking back at horrible events in history too often become a kind of horror-porn — explicit images, intended to claw at our deepest emotions but without much reason to go … [Keep reading >>]

World War I Museums: France and the US

Filed under: War — by Will Kirkland 11/12/2011 @ 3:44:45 PM
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I was propelled into a reading and movie watching  frenzy to make up for my sketchy knowledge of World War One after reading To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild. … [Keep reading >>]

A Leaderless Country Spends $800,000/year/prisoner at Guantanamo

Filed under: War — by Will Kirkland 11/12/2011 @ 2:35:34 PM
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You know we’re about at the point where the explosions going off in our heads at each days news is beginning to to change from warnings and prompts to action … [Keep reading >>]

Alhaam: A Film from Iraq — 2005

Filed under: Iraq | Middle East | Movies | War — by Will Kirkland 09/3/2011 @ 12:33:36 PM

Alhaam, a movie shot in Iraq in 2004 — during the full catastrophe of the US invasion and related Iraqi insurgencies– is the rawest, hardest to watch movie of war … [Keep reading >>]

Paths of Glory: A Novel and A Film of War

Filed under: Books | War — by Will Kirkland 07/25/2011 @ 12:01:47 PM
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As local author Adam Hochschild makes the rounds with his latest, amazing book, To End All Wars [following King Leopold's Ghost, and Bury the Chains, both wonderful and heart-teaching books] … [Keep reading >>]

Kinetically Enhanced, Overseas, Thingamajigs

Filed under: Humor | Obama Administration | War — by Will Kirkland 06/27/2011 @ 12:01:28 PM

Mark Fiore has Obama in his sights this week — less lethally than Obama has others in his… … [Keep reading >>]

Art in Iraq: Hurt in the Art

Filed under: Art & Culture | Iraq | Middle East | War — by Will Kirkland 06/25/2011 @ 12:27:49 PM

Jack Healy of the NY Times, along with Yasir Ghazi and Duraid Adnan, provided a short look at young artists in Iraq, after the horrors of Saddam and the invasion/occupation … [Keep reading >>]

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