car·riage re·turn

n. the lever or mechanism on a typewriter that would cause the cylinder on which the paper was held (the carriage) to return to the left margin of the page


Good riddance:the death of a war criminal

One of the world’s most deplorable (and unfortunately,untried) war criminals,former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara,died in the early hours of the morning today,aged 93 years.  McNamara’s New York Times’obituary names him “the most influential defense secretary of the 20th century,”a fitting epithet for Read on…

As-salatu khairum minannaum:Prayer is better than sleep.

The last few months I was in Iraq I was stationed on this tiny-ass FOB (FOB Givens,on the border with Jordan) way out in BFE. There was a mosque right next to our perimeter,and the mosque’s minaret overlooked our entire position,which was somewhat unsettling for us.

Filling the New Cabinet,Part IV:Defense

The Contenders

- Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE,1997-present):President,McCarthy and Company (1991-1996);President and CEO of United Service Organizations (1987-1990);Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer,Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations (1990);Deputy Administrator of Veterans Affairs (1981-1982);Sergeant,2nd Battalion (Mechanized),47th Infantry Regiment,9th Infantry Division,IV Corps,Vietnam,United Read on…

A Christmas present I wish I could exchange

I might be late to the party on this one,but I just now have found out about Billy Joel’s latest composition,“Christmas in Fallujah.”I initially caught wind via this TPMCafe post,which linked me to a Huffington Post article by IAVA founder/director Paul Rieckhoff. The Rieckhoff article contains the same Read on…

A Clarification Seems Necessary

If my McCain piece earlier has left anyone scratching their heads,allow me to clarify:

Would a President McCain be able to win the Iraq War? I highly doubt it,even if he had the full support of Congress and the American people. So why would I state that,at least in terms of Read on…