The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

U.S. Army Counter-Intelligence Warns Fort Hood Troops Against Christians

Obviously, we must beware of those Lutheran extremists: Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. […]

Send Angels to Fort Bragg

Our soldier son with Mrs. Other McCain in April at Fort Benning. Well, I knew this day was coming, and now it begins. Prayers for my Army son @me_llaman_bob — 3 weeks in hell! #Hooah — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 27, 2013 He just turned 21 last month. Those of you who have paid […]

Did Terrorists Defeat Navy SEALs?

That’s what an article in the Christian Science Monitor suggests: A commando unit from the US Navy’s Seal Team Six launched an amphibious raid on a Somali town, but failed to confirm a capture or kill of their Al Shabab target, suspected to be linked to Nairobi’s Westgate mall terror attack. The operation could have […]

‘Hvilken Stilling Skyder Du På’?

That’s Danish for, “What position are you shooting at?” That question appears as a subtitle caption in video footage from Syria, so we can assume that it was a Danish video crew covering this scene with rebel gunmen in a firefight against Assad forces. In reply to the question, one of the gunmen answers, “We […]

#NavyYardShooting Patience, Please: Don’t Let Media Reports Confuse You

Hint: Breaking news is always confusing. By 5 p.m., we will know facts. Be cautious about initial media reports. #NavyYardShooting — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) September 16, 2013 We’ve seen this pattern over and over, from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon bombings: New breaks, cable TV and online sources fill up with “confirmed” reports and […]

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ready to Make Feeble Unilateral Gesture Against Syria

The British Parliament voted against war, but now that the oceans stopped rising and the planet has begun to heal and Obama has “restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth” — what, you didn’t notice? — President Gutsy Call has decided that go-it-alone foreign policy and military intervention without congressional authorization are […]

Your Semi-Official Obama vs. Syria Armageddon Predictions Thread

“Obama: Anatomy of a World Leader,” by Alex Gray (detail) Let me jump out in front of the anti-war movement before U.S. attacks Syria: "OBAMA LIED! PEOPLE DIED! NO W.M.D.! FIRE CAN'T MELT STEEL!" — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) August 27, 2013 We’re supposed to start bombing the crap out of Damascus sometime soon, because […]

‘The Powers That Be’: Lawful Authority, Honorable Service and a Cursed Traitor

My soldier son and his mother at Fort Benning. Our night-owl friend Ali — who lately has kept a Dracula-style sleep schedule — stayed up past dawn to report that a deeply confused fool is more deeply confused than anyone previously suspected. Regular readers know my Army son is currently training in hope of joining […]

Bradley Manning Verdict: GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! GUILTY! …

Exactly how many counts this unspeakable disgrace to the uniform of the U.S. Army was convicted of today, it’s hard to tell from the Politico story, but Allahpundit says it’s at least 15 counts, enough to put Bradley Manning — I pause to spit on the ground in disgust at the mention of his name […]

Ben Smith Wants You to Ignore This

As soon as Edward Snowden came forward as the “face” of the NSA leaks, the question immediately suggested itself: “Hero or Traitor?” Revelations about the NSA surveillance program had made worldwide headlines. Coming on the heels of other scandals, it seemed to fit into an emerging neo-Nixonian picture of the Obama administration. As I wrote […]

Edward Snowden’s Dubious Heroism

Lindsay Mills is a dancer, acrobat and blogger: “My world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass. . . . But at the moment all I can feel is alone. . . . As I type this on my tear-streaked keyboard I’m reflecting on all the faces […]

Let’s Debate Fourth Amendment Rights, and Also Send Snowden to Leavenworth

Glenn Greenwald’s new man-crush, Edward Snowden… I am more afraid of the federal Department of Education than I am of the #NSA. Seriously. @angelatc @justinamash — Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) June 10, 2013 Following the Edward Snowden revelations, I find myself accused of statism, warmongering and worse. It seems some of my libertarian friends […]

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