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On "Shock Troops"

In the weeks after Sept. 11, "Band of Brothers" ran for the first time on U.S. television. In the second episode of that show, there is recounted the alleged mass shooting of unarmed German prisoners on D-Day by then-Lt. Ronald...
Posted in Flit on July 27, 2007 02:13 PM

Salutin on Borat: sounds about right

I think Rick Salutin gets it pretty much correct in his assessment of the Borat phenomenon today, but I'd take it a little further. Borat's popularity is very much a function of the American (and Canadian) public saying, "to hell...
Posted in Flit on November 17, 2006 09:53 AM

Always a day away, redux

In other news, the Americans are liberating Samarra again. For previous attempts to control Samarra, click here. The short version is the second or possibly third attempt to install a pro-American city leadership failed when they all resigned last week,...
Posted in Flit on March 7, 2005 10:15 AM

Samarra bridge-pushing update

First testimony this week in the Perkins court martial, the first of the two remaining Americans still facing charges for the Samarra bridge-pushing, with the survivor getting his day in court yesterday. No one disputes now that Zeyad's non-swimmer cousin...
Posted in Flit on January 5, 2005 02:34 PM

The OBL tape: the usual suspects get it wrong, again

Wow. The wrong-headed reactions across jingopunditry to the Osama videotape Friday show the degree to which the American pro-war right has failed to learn anything at all. The exception, as in so many things, is Chris Hitchens, who nails it:...
Posted in Flit on November 1, 2004 11:49 AM

Poland: it's okay, you can forget us if you want

"Polish troops will start to withdraw from Iraq in the New Year and all will be out by the end of 2005, the country's president has promised." --Sky News, today. (As an aside, I've found it remarkable how little complaint...
Posted in Flit on October 4, 2004 06:37 PM

Truth or half-truth?

"The last thing the Americans are going to do now is Stalingradize Fallujah. They're Marines; they're good at this. They'll come up with something far more subtle than, say, the Russians would in this same situation, so much so that...
Posted in Flit on September 17, 2004 11:01 AM

AND YOU WANT TO TRAVEL WITH HIM AND YOU WANT TO TRAVEL BLIND

Allies. They suck: Australia's F/A-18 pilots defied the orders of American commanders and refused to drop their bombs on up to 40 missions during the invasion of Iraq, it can now be revealed. Sydney Morning-Herald, a month ago. I seem...
Posted in Flit on April 15, 2004 01:22 PM

WRETCHARD ON FALLUJAH: STILL NOT GETTING IT

I really have no idea why anyone, let alone someone as smart as Phil Carter, respects this guy. This post has so many problems with it, I don't know where to start. (For instance, saying the "contractors" "saved" the convoy,...
Posted in Flit on April 5, 2004 01:57 AM

ON CLARKE, AND THE JINGOPUNDITS

Blogging's lost a lot of its interest for me recently, as I've belatedly come to recognize that to a great degree this medium is just repeating the errors of older media. There was a time you could go to American...
Posted in Flit on March 31, 2004 10:36 AM

AXIS OF....? HOW DID THAT PHRASE GO AGAIN?

Apparently the Iranian nuke threat and ongoing trade embargo don't mean you can't still do a little business when you need to. Now THAT's detente. Ollie North would be proud... I look forward to the usual jingopundit non-reaction....
Posted in Flit on March 1, 2004 12:22 PM

LEAK SQUELCHING 101

Stryker's wisely keeping mum on the Nom de Plame affair, but Sparkey's not. His argument today is hard to make out, amid all the irrelevant "Wilson Is a moonbat" stuff, but it seems to be: 1. All wives of ambassadors...
Posted in Flit on October 1, 2003 12:15 PM

RAID ON SALAM PAX'S HOUSE LIBERATES WHISKEY

Missed this one when he first wrote it. Sorry if you've seen it already. "They all think that the soldier is filling his flask with cold water from the cooler. Later it turns out that he emptied my fatherís bottle...
Posted in Flit on September 28, 2003 02:34 PM

JINGOPUNDITS?

Glenn Reynolds: opposes American troops in Liberia. Favours them in French Africa, fighting the French. This is supposed to help, somehow, apparently. (NB: Glenn writes in to say he doesn't oppose intervention in Liberia. I thought I'd read that between...
Posted in Flit on September 18, 2003 06:17 PM
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