Posts filed under “War/Defense”

WaPo: Top Secret America

Huge investigative piece in the Washington Post into
“A hidden world growing beyond control” — National Security Inc. — about the massive expansion of the private and government intelligence and counterterrorism activities.

What was historically sensitive government-only activities has been outsourced to for-profit vendors, with a variety of problems associated with this:

“To ensure that the country’s most sensitive duties are carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation’s interest, federal rules say contractors may not perform what are called “inherently government functions.” But they do, all the time and in every intelligence and counterterrorism agency, according to a two-year investigation by The Washington Post,”

I  found the interactive graphic most interesting:

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Source:
National Security Inc
Washington Post,  12:24 AM, 7/20/2010
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/articles/

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense

McChrystal’s Balls – Honorable Discharge

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
McChrystal’s Balls – Honorable Discharge
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Category: Financial Press, Humor, Video, War/Defense

Missed Opportunity: BP Gulf of Mexico Disaster

One of my regular criticisms of George W. Bush as President was, when presented with an opportunity to achieve greatness, he repeatedly failed to rise to the occasion. Indeed, his presidency can be viewed as a long series of missed opportunities: “Once in a generation, the stars align for a political leader. There is this…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Energy, Politics, Really, really bad calls, Regulation, War/Defense

Where Is A Spectacular Implosion Most Likely?

I had lunch earlier this week with Lakshman Achuthan of ECRI. Our offices are a block apart, and from time to time, we get together to shake our heads in collective astonishment over the economic questions of the day. We are both data driven, and look askance at the squishy gut approaches to economic forecasting….Read More

Category: Politics, War/Defense

My 9/11 Update

Every year, I avoid doing/writing anything on (or about) 9/11.  I had my say in 2001 (mirror here). I hate the entire maudlin retrospective “event” each year: The roll call of lost colleagues and friends; the tragedy porn that the media rolls out; I especially detest the terror tourism down at the WTC site. But…Read More

Category: War/Defense

Reflection on 9/11

September 12, 2009 It has been two pensive days. Somehow the words won’t come. Difficult for me since I write 100 times a year. I sit staring at the keyboard. No words. Everyone is/was so busy with 9/11. Public moments of silence, ceremonies, TV filled with remembrances, talk shows, websites, commentaries, footage of planes and…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Baby Bush: The Worst President in History?

Doug Casey is chairman of Casey Research, and is a best selling author, international investor, and entrepreneur. He travels the world looking for exceptional opportunities in real estate and undervalued companies in the natural resource sector (precious metals, oil and gas and more). The author of four best selling books, his Crisis Investing was #1…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Politics, Think Tank, War/Defense

Comparing Various War Expenditures

Yesterday, we looked at the costs of various one time events versus the bailouts. It took one year of bailouts to rack up the debt totals of 206 years of war, westward expansion, space exploration, etc. The chart we created omitted numerous conflicts (WWs, the Civil War, etc.) and I was curious as to actual…Read More

Category: War/Defense

Iraq and Afghanistan 2008

Via NYT > Source: A Year in Iraq and Afghanistan ADRIANA LINS de ALBUQUERQUE, ALICIA CHENG AND SARAH GEPHART NYT, February 14, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/opinion/15opchart.html

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense

Gaza Confliict

The WSJ has a nice interactive map showing the details of the Israeli/Hamas battle: > click for interactive graphic: via WSJ

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense