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Gary Brecher

Gary Brecher is the War Nerd.

  1. From Najran to Bangkok to Las Vegas: My Time with NSFWCORP

    When I heard that NSFWCORP was going to issue a collection of War Nerd columns, I went back and looked at what I’d written since I started writing for NSFWCORP in September 2012.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the News desk

  2. War Nerd: What’s happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward

    “Heaven and earth are not merciful. To them, men are as straw dogs, destined for sacrifice.” - Lao Tzu What’s happening in Eastern Ukraine is very simple, rational, and straightforward.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the News desk

  3. The War Nerd: Iran is building a "fake" aircraft carrier? How can you tell?

    There’s a strange construction project underway in the Persian Gulf. Iran is building a two-third size replica of a US Nimitz-class aircraft carrier in a shipyard near Bandar Abbas. The carrier will have no planes, no crew, no weapons. Nobody knows why the Iranians are building it. It seems to have no sane military purpose, but that’s the only feature it shares with “real” aircraft carriers. (A little anti-carrier humor there, folks.)

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  4. The War Nerd: China, Vietnam, and Naval Nerf Wars

    A classic nationalist frenzy is in progress in Southeast Asia. Chinese-owned factories are burning in Vietnam, and Chinese and Vietnamese warships are playing chicken with each other near island chains nobody ever wanted to inhabit.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  5. The War Nerd: Nigeria's Inevitable Mess

    Editor's note: With Nigeria and Boko Haram back in the headlines, this seemed like an appropriate time to republish Gary Brecher's essay on "Nigeria's Inevitable Mess" which first appeared in NSFWCORP in March 2013, before it was acquired by Pando.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  6. The War Nerd: Who exactly are the Jihadis (and why aren’t there more of them)?

    Last week the feds pulled a guy named Nicholas Teausant, who looks sort of like Napoleon Dynamite would if he was getting chemotherapy, off a bus going to Canada and charged him with planning to join the jihadist group I.S.I.S. in Syria. Nicholas (pictured above) had pretty much made their case for them by writing online comments like...

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  7. The War Nerd: Everything you know about Crimea is wrong(-er)

    Reading the Anglo-American press babble on about Crimea is painful, if you know anything at all about that part of the world.

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

  8. The War Nerd: Driverless trucks can't mask the US military's problem with insurgent warfare

    There’s an article in Wired’s “Danger Room” enthusing over the US Army’s “Driverless trucks” which, according to the headline, will “keep [the US] Army safe from IEDs.”

    By Gary Brecher , written on

    From the War desk

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