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Soon The Second Amendment Will Selects You To Be Shot

As questions swirl whether the U.S. will address the 2010s spate of rifle-caliber massacres legislatively (it won’t strengthen weapons limitations on the federal level, and will almost certainly loosen restrictions in several states), gun-rights activists will eventually learn this one, unequivocal rule: Police officers have one overarching aim: to not be killed on the job.  … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

The Blitz Effect

As I mentioned in my previous posting, ACTS created a rather bizarre strategy prewar: The Air Corps Tactical School was established in 1920 as a Field Officer’s School at Langley Field, Virginia. It expanded its scope and placed emphasis on airpower employment at the end of the decade. In 1931, the school moved to Maxwell … Continue reading

Aviation / History / Warfare

Power Projection

Yesterday I began responding to Luke Parsnow’s “An Apology for Hiroshima is Unnecessary,” specifically pointing to the shocking conclusions in a 70-year-old interrogation report.  Sixth Army was arrayed to assault Kyushu on X-Day (Operation Olympic scheduled for 1 November 1945, the first stage of the larger Operation Downfall against the Japanese Home Islands) and Walter … Continue reading

History / Warfare

August 1945

With the first presidential visit to Hiroshima since 6 August 1945, American media is rehashing the seventy-year old question: Barack Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima, Japan has resurfaced one of history’s biggest and most important debates—whether Americans were justified in dropping the first and only atomic bombs used in war on Hiroshima and its sister … Continue reading