An expert speaks to us about torture

Excerpt from an Interview with Malcolm Nance (an Arabic-speaking counterterrorism expert and a combat veteran with 28 years of operational experience in the Middle East), by Scott Horton, blog of Harper's, 30 April 2010: Question #5: You previously served as a master instructor in the SERE program, in which pilots were prepared, among other things, to … Continue reading An expert speaks to us about torture

Experts’ views about the recent fighting in Basra

(#9 in a series)   The recent events in Basra provide a test, allowing comparison of a war blogger's analysis vs. that of experts.  The previous post showed Bill Roggio's view of the Basra fighting (as a sample of war-bloggers' reporting).  This post looks at both mainstream reporting and expert analysis.  In the next few days or … Continue reading Experts’ views about the recent fighting in Basra

A 4GW puzzle: what happened in the Straits of Hormuz?

What happened in the Straits of Hormuz on 6 January?  Malcolm Nance, in an article at the Small Wars Council, assures us that "the most recent incident is neither an attempt to create a modern-day Gulf of Tonkin incident nor a move by the IRGC to a new tactic".  While Nance's background gives assurance that his technical analysis of the incident … Continue reading A 4GW puzzle: what happened in the Straits of Hormuz?