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John Maynard Keynes on why he couldn’t write for Foreign Affairs (something about being busy organizing the entire postwar order)


I aim to reach a stage of my career where I can just sign single parts of my name, and it still counts.

foreignaffairsmagazine:

John Maynard Keynes on why he couldn’t write for Foreign Affairs (something about being busy organizing the entire postwar order)

I aim to reach a stage of my career where I can just sign single parts of my name, and it still counts.

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Soon, I will acquire a copy of Risk: Legacy.

I have already called dibs on the Saharan Republic.

We may not have giant robots, or giant giant-robot-fighting bears.

We may not be able to afford fancy dress uniforms, or laser assault rifles.

But we will have a few rusty jeeps in the desert.

Also those goggles you get to use in science class.

We will also have those.

02.11.12 0
Zoom nickturse:

From Juan Cole today:
“Each star is a US base.  But just to be clear, Iran is the one that is threatening us.”
(via usbasesme)

There was Pax Romana and Pax Britannica, and Pax Americana will likely meet the same fate.
All else aside, owning hundreds of military bases beyond ones borders gets expensive.
The expenses, then, tend to need to be “justified”.
The “justifications” are in turn expensive themselves.
So more bases are built to keep the area secure.
And so on and so forth.
Eventually, the superpower learns that no nation’s holdings are To Big To Fail.

nickturse:

From Juan Cole today:

“Each star is a US base. But just to be clear, Iran is the one that is threatening us.”

(via usbasesme)

There was Pax Romana and Pax Britannica, and Pax Americana will likely meet the same fate.

All else aside, owning hundreds of military bases beyond ones borders gets expensive.

The expenses, then, tend to need to be “justified”.

The “justifications” are in turn expensive themselves.

So more bases are built to keep the area secure.

And so on and so forth.

Eventually, the superpower learns that no nation’s holdings are To Big To Fail.

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Zoom Uzi Shark: Displeased by the fact that nothing ever happens on the left side of the Tumblr dashboard.

Uzi Shark: Displeased by the fact that nothing ever happens on the left side of the Tumblr dashboard.

11.23.11 8
Zoom See Also: Crimea, Turkey, Italy, Austria, Egypt, and dozens of other locations on this Earth ravaged by wars initiated by female leaders.
I believe women are equal to men, which also means they are equally capable of war.

See Also: Crimea, Turkey, Italy, Austria, Egypt, and dozens of other locations on this Earth ravaged by wars initiated by female leaders.

I believe women are equal to men, which also means they are equally capable of war.

11.11.11 169
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Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

SCHLIEFFEN AIN’T EASY

BELGIANS AIN’T SHIT. 

WE GET OUT BERTHA CAUSE YOU’RE FUCKIN ASKIN FOR IT

I THROW MY SHELLS UP IN THE AIR SOMETIMES, SAYIN’ AAAY-OH, GET OUTTA LE CATEAU. 

this is the greatest post in the world.

I-I-I-I-I-I CAME WITH FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE
FROM THE WILHELMINE EMPIRE, PIRE, PIRE, PIRE
WE LEAVE IT HANGIN ON THE WIRE, WIRE, WIRE, WIRE
CONQUER THE WORLD ENTIRE, TIRE, TIRE, TIRE
CAUSE WE GON’ FIGHT IT OUT, WE GON’ GO ALL NIGHT, WE GON’ LIGHT IT UP LIKE IT’S DYNAMITE

NO ONE ON THE CONTINENT’S GOT SWAGGER LIKE US,
HITTIN’ ALL YOUR CITIES WITH MY BIG BERTHAS.
WE PACK AND DELIVER LIKE UPS TRUCKS,
ALREADY ON THE MARNE, JUST PUMPIN’ THAT LEAD.
ALL I WANNA DO IS *BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
AND A *click-KA-BOOM!* AND TAKE YOUR COUNTRY!
ALL I WANNA DO IS *BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
AND A *click-KA-BOOM!* AND TAKE YOUR COUNTRY!

FROM THE CHANNEL (FROM THE CHANNEL) TO THE MARNE (TO THE MARNE)
THIS FLANK IS WHEELIN’ (FLANK IS WHEELIN’) THROUGH YO’ FARM (THROUGH YO’ FARM)
IS IT DAYLIGHT? OR IS IT NIGHT TIME? 1, 2, 3, 4, WE GON’ TEAR THE FIELD UP
HALLO, ME SAY HALLLO. DAYLIGHT COME AND ME WANNA GO HOME
HALLO, NEED MORE AMMO! TOMMIES COME AND ME WANNA GO HOME

CONQUER BELGIUM!
(LIKE A BOSS)
BLOW UP PARIS!
(LIKE A BOSS)
GET ON SOME TRAINS!
(LIKE A BOSS)
HAUL OUR ASSES TO THE EAST!
(LIKE A BOSS)
BEAT THE RUSSIANS!
(LIKE A BOSS)
SAVE AUSTRIA-HUNGARY’S ASS!
(LIKE A BOSS)
FLIP OFF BRITAIN!
(LIKE A BOSS)
GET SOME COLONIES!
(LIKE A BOSS)

this is your brain on history and if you aren’t laughing then you have no sense of humor and I feel sorry for you.

I almost want to bring this up in my Europe 1914-1945 class. No joke 

“Yo, Belgium, I’m really happy for your neutrality, and I’mma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that Schlieffen had the best plan of all time, of ALL TIME!”

polyesterspectre:

foxhole-love:

gedenkenbrauchtwissen:

polyesterspectre:

toreasonwhy:

polyesterspectre:

toreasonwhy:

gedenkenbrauchtwissen:

polyesterspectre:

toreasonwhy:

polyesterspectre:

toreasonwhy:

polyesterspectre:

Everything is beautiful and nothing hurts.

SCHLIEFFEN AIN’T EASY

BELGIANS AIN’T SHIT. 

WE GET OUT BERTHA CAUSE YOU’RE FUCKIN ASKIN FOR IT

I THROW MY SHELLS UP IN THE AIR SOMETIMES, SAYIN’ AAAY-OH, GET OUTTA LE CATEAU. 

this is the greatest post in the world.

I-I-I-I-I-I CAME WITH FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE

FROM THE WILHELMINE EMPIRE, PIRE, PIRE, PIRE

WE LEAVE IT HANGIN ON THE WIRE, WIRE, WIRE, WIRE

CONQUER THE WORLD ENTIRE, TIRE, TIRE, TIRE

CAUSE WE GON’ FIGHT IT OUT, WE GON’ GO ALL NIGHT, WE GON’ LIGHT IT UP LIKE IT’S DYNAMITE

NO ONE ON THE CONTINENT’S GOT SWAGGER LIKE US,

HITTIN’ ALL YOUR CITIES WITH MY BIG BERTHAS.

WE PACK AND DELIVER LIKE UPS TRUCKS,

ALREADY ON THE MARNE, JUST PUMPIN’ THAT LEAD.

ALL I WANNA DO IS *BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

AND A *click-KA-BOOM!* AND TAKE YOUR COUNTRY!

ALL I WANNA DO IS *BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

AND A *click-KA-BOOM!* AND TAKE YOUR COUNTRY!

FROM THE CHANNEL (FROM THE CHANNEL) TO THE MARNE (TO THE MARNE)

THIS FLANK IS WHEELIN’ (FLANK IS WHEELIN’) THROUGH YO’ FARM (THROUGH YO’ FARM)

IS IT DAYLIGHT? OR IS IT NIGHT TIME? 1, 2, 3, 4, WE GON’ TEAR THE FIELD UP

HALLO, ME SAY HALLLO. DAYLIGHT COME AND ME WANNA GO HOME

HALLO, NEED MORE AMMO! TOMMIES COME AND ME WANNA GO HOME

CONQUER BELGIUM!

(LIKE A BOSS)

BLOW UP PARIS!

(LIKE A BOSS)

GET ON SOME TRAINS!

(LIKE A BOSS)

HAUL OUR ASSES TO THE EAST!

(LIKE A BOSS)

BEAT THE RUSSIANS!

(LIKE A BOSS)

SAVE AUSTRIA-HUNGARY’S ASS!

(LIKE A BOSS)

FLIP OFF BRITAIN!

(LIKE A BOSS)

GET SOME COLONIES!

(LIKE A BOSS)

this is your brain on history and if you aren’t laughing then you have no sense of humor and I feel sorry for you.

I almost want to bring this up in my Europe 1914-1945 class. No joke 

“Yo, Belgium, I’m really happy for your neutrality, and I’mma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that Schlieffen had the best plan of all time, of ALL TIME!”

11.07.11 750
Zoom Conflict Kitchen: a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that only serves cuisine from countries the United States is in conflict with.

Conflict Kitchen: a take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that only serves cuisine from countries the United States is in conflict with.

11.02.11 15
There is no path to American recovery that does not involve very significant defense spending cuts.

David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy, in “Dumb power: Republicans introduce the “What wouldn’t Jesus do?” foreign-policy”

This quote sums up exactly what my opinion on all of the federal budget fights has been.

Military expenditures by the United States amounted to almost seven hundred billion dollars in 2010. That doesn’t even include notable things such as our intelligence agencies.

The United States alone is responsible for roughly half of total military spending in the world. To put that another way, if you add together the yearly military budgets of every other country on the planet earth, their combined efforts just about equals what the US spends.

Cut the defense budget by even a few scant percentage points, even in the single digits, and you free up billions and billions of dollars.

Continue to grow the defense budget at the expense of all other programs, and we will have nothing to show for it except crumbling infrastructure, children who will not be as educationally competitive in the global marketplace, and the continued stagnation of our economy.

10.20.11 17
Zoom Cling to this film, and we’ll get you to a warming tray where you can tell us all about it.

Cling to this film, and we’ll get you to a warming tray where you can tell us all about it.

10.17.11 20
The world has never been as dangerous as it is today, because of this administration’s lack of focus on dealing with these rogue nations.

Rick Perry making shit up and forgetting all those World Wars we’ve had.

-Joe

(via stfuconservatives)

I am a graduate student in an International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, so I certainly spend a lot of time measuring various metrics on this sort of thing.

This allows me to tell you, in complete certainty, that the world is actually more peaceful now than it has ever been in measurable human history.

Even this past decade, containing the massive launch of the War On Terror, has actually tallied fewer war deaths than any other decade in the past century.

Warfare and its use as a foreign policy tool has significantly changed over the past few decades, and we simply do have as many state-on-state level armed conflicts as we did in times before. The last one was about ten years ago (Ethiopia-Eritrea). What about civil wars, you say? They’re down too. The last twenty years has seen a drop of roughly 25% in number.

On top of all that, remember that the current world population has radically ballooned, making these advancements even more significant.

Peace does not make the news the same way war does, but there is a whole lot more peace going around than there ever used to be.


Certainly there’s plenty of room to develop even more peace in the world, and I will continue to work towards that goal, but for a politician who desires to be President to go around claiming that the world is more dangerous than ever before… well, that’s pure fear-mongering, and that is the sort of thing that scares me.

10.13.11 138

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It’s all a lot funnier when you only have a basic grasp of German.

I’m going to cry, oh my god

GKHRIMJETIOHETHE

SEND HELP

I’M DYING

CRYING

IT’S BACK

Fokk this PIAT man, let’s just jagerwher some fallschrims.

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