Just a nerd out East, missing the North Country.
» The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
The folks at Abu Ghraib not only failed to provide any intel of value, they turned the entire Sunni population against us. Meanwhile, we were getting actionable intel by giving detainees Skittles and a cup of coffee.

Kyle Teamey, the S2X (senior human intelligence officer) for 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, in Ramadi

Trevor Paglen, They Watch the Moon, 2010In the series Limit Telephotography, Trevor Paglen adapted the super-strength telescopes, normally used to shoot distant planets, to reveal top-secret U.S. governmental sites, sometimes 65 miles away from his camera; covert bases, so remote they cannot be seen by an unaided civilian eye from any point on Earth.
War, Strategy, and Failure

Before I forget them, I want to gather together the best articles I’ve read on strategy, tactics, and war. If you want to understand why the U.S. keeps winning battles yet losing wars, here’s a good starting point: