Category Archives: Military Matters

Time to Close Gitmo, Says Its First Commander

[NOTE: First, a reflection: Quakers are known, in part, for a devotion to losing causes. This penchant was deftly satirized by Doug Gwyn, a renowned scholar/songwriter, in his ditty, “Yonder Stands the Quaker”:

“Yonder stands the Quaker,

Looking quaint as a box of Quaker Oats . . .
Yonder stand the Quakers,
On the far side of the back of beyond;
Misfit mystics, a boil
On the bum of Babylon. . . .
They’re standing for peace and justice . . . Continue reading Time to Close Gitmo, Says Its First Commander

Dyer: Alliances and The Big Wars Nobody Wanted, But Stumbled Into

[NOTE: This column is a followup to the post of early last week:  Lightning Strikes Three Times: Japan, Taiwan & The Emerging Big Power Arms Races.

Gwynne Dyer

It’s an improvement, in two ways: First, Gwynne Dyer knows what he’s talking about. He has a doctorate in war history and strategy; he served with the militaries of three different countries, and has traveled and studied wars past and present across much of the world. Second, he writes with rare concision and clarity, building on forty-plus years  of practice in meeting deadlines and skillfully fitting big thoughts and insights into always-small and tight Op-Ed column spaces.

And — oh wait, there’s a third: Dyer is an independent journalist/analyst, and excels most others in seeing through the thick fogbanks of propaganda and lies thrown up  around wars and rumors of war by most or all sides. Here, he does it again.]

Gwynne Dyer: More alliances could lead to wider wars:
The game is now afoot, and it will be hard to stop

Hamilton Ontario Spectator–January 19, 2023

Continue reading Dyer: Alliances and The Big Wars Nobody Wanted, But Stumbled Into

Lightning Strikes Three Times: Japan, Taiwan & The Emerging Big Power Arms Races

Introduction: For me, the sudden abandonment of neutrality by Sweden and Finland after Putin’s invasion of Ukraine were like separate lightning bolts striking the same tree.

How likely was that? Sweden had been a neutral country for 200+ years. Finland for 75, since 1948. Continue reading Lightning Strikes Three Times: Japan, Taiwan & The Emerging Big Power Arms Races

The “Ambiguous South” Honors Robert E. Lee alongside MLK Today

Washington Post: Two states still observe King-Lee Day, honoring Robert E. Lee with MLK

Alabama and Mississippi jointly celebrate the civil rights hero and the Confederate general

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. (left) and Confederate general Robert E. Lee are still celebrated jointly in Alabama and Mississippi. (AFP/Getty Images (King); Matthew B. Brady/AP (Lee))

By Meena Venkataramanan
 — January 16, 2023

“Side by Side”??

As the country celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, two states will observe a different holiday: King-Lee Day, which commemorates both King and Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

The two men’s birthdays fall just four days apart, but their legacies couldn’t be more different. King gave his life to the cause of racial equality; Lee fought in the Civil War to keep Black people enslaved. Continue reading The “Ambiguous South” Honors Robert E. Lee alongside MLK Today

Likely the Only Post Here About Prince Harry’s Book “Spare” – by Gwynne Dyer

[NOTE: I have no strong opinions about Harry & his book & the surrounding soap opera. I wish him & Meghan and their kids a happily ever after, which I expect to ignore. If they shake up the UK monarchy along the way, so much the better. But as usual, I find the reactions of renegade independent Canadian journalist Gwynne Dyer informative & intriguing.]

A Shocking Disclosure
By Gwynne Dyer — 8 January 2023


Where do you look when somebody says: “In the age of Apaches and laptops, everything I did in the course of two combat tours was recorded, time-stamped. I could always say precisely how many enemy combatants I’d killed. And I felt it vital never to shy away from that number.

“So, my number: Twenty-five. It wasn’t a number that gave me any satisfaction. But neither was it a number that made me feel ashamed.” Continue reading Likely the Only Post Here About Prince Harry’s Book “Spare” – by Gwynne Dyer