Posts tagged ‘politics’
March 1st, 2014 at 8:01 pm by Dr. Drang
The possible withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan got a bit of play in the news this past week, but it’s almost certainly more a negotiating tactic than a likelihood. Too bad.
February 1st, 2014 at 10:50 am by Dr. Drang
Apart from the usual plot, I want to link to a couple of stories. First, via Kevin Drum, there’s this report from Pew Research, which tracks the changes in US attitudes toward the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. I was struck by the same thing Kevin was: that only 35–40% of Americans now believe the…
January 4th, 2014 at 9:33 pm by Dr. Drang
Of the American soldiers who died in Afghanistan in December, the youngest was 19 years old. He was just 7 on the morning of the September 11 attacks, and yet somehow his death over 12 years later is connected to them. How have we allowed this?
December 1st, 2013 at 10:47 pm by Dr. Drang
Big drop in US and coalition casualties this past month. It’d be nice if this trend lasted longer than it did at the beginning of the year.
November 9th, 2013 at 8:04 pm by Dr. Drang
So we’re now one month into the thirteenth year of this war. As a nation, America seems comfortable with this condition—as if Afghanistan has become just another foreign military base. There are the continuing deaths, of course, but nobody pays attention to them anymore.
October 6th, 2013 at 8:43 pm by Dr. Drang
Twelve full years.
September 5th, 2013 at 8:25 pm by Dr. Drang
Have you read Steven Levy’s Crypto? You should. It chronicles the development—outside of the NSA and Britain’s GCHQ—of public key cryptography, the “non-secret” encryption technique used in things like PGP, SSL, and SSH. I thought about it today as I read Bruce Schneier’s latest article in The Guardian about how the NSA has subverted encryption…
September 2nd, 2013 at 8:12 pm by Dr. Drang
Afghanistan? That old thing? Don’t you know the hot topic is Syria now?
July 7th, 2013 at 10:45 pm by Dr. Drang
It’s nice, I suppose, that the Edward Snowden matter has us thinking and talking about what we’re willing to sacrifice in the name of national security. It would have been nicer if we’d thought to do this thinking and talking back in 2008 when the FISA Amendments Act was passed,1 making the FISA court even…
June 4th, 2013 at 9:12 pm by Dr. Drang
Creeping up again. And six US military deaths already in June.