The United States lost another ally in the war against Islamic terrorism. The pro-American government in Yemen–which helped us fight the ruthless Yemeni al-Qaida and allowed our drone attacks–was overthrown by Houthi rebels. The Houthi are Shi’ites, meaning they oppose the Sunni al-Qaida and ISIS, but are allied with Iran. Still, they oppose the drone strikes and are strongly anti-American and anti-Israel. The coup is another setback for American anti-terrorism efforts. [Read more…]
The U.S. military is now deploying a weaponized laser. It isn’t a Buck Rogers-style light pistol or a Star Trek phaser that looks like a cell phone. It looks like a telescope. But it can zap enemies with perfect accuracy. Its biggest potential, though, is as a defensive weapon. Not only can it shoot down attacking aircraft and missiles. Because it goes at the speed of light–since it is light–it can even destroy a mortar round.
Also, whereas conventional artillery pieces can run out of expensive ammunition, the laser weapon can keep firing as long as it has electricity, and each zap costs only 59 cents. [Read more…]
The war in Afghanistan officially ended on Sunday. It lasted 13 years, the longest armed conflict in American history. The number of American and NATO soldiers killed was some 3,500.
Once again, the United States ends a costly war far short of victory. In fact, the Taliban is claiming victory. Are they pretty much right? Is it worth getting into wars like this one and Iraq, which had a similar ending? And yet, if this is peace, it’s a strange one, with 13,000 troops remaining in Afghanistan to train local forces and with combat operations continuing, sort of, against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. [Read more…]
North Korea’s internet has been shut down. The suspicion is that the American government has struck back in retaliation for North Korea’s hack and extortion of Sony. [Read more…]
The Senate released a report detailing the way the CIA used brutal interrogation techniques during the War on Terrorism. The report said that not only was the torture–which included waterboarding and “rectal rehydration”–immoral, but that it was ineffective in uncovering terrorist threats. The CIA strongly disputes that last part. [Read more…]