America’s Homegrown Terrorists Are Pop-Culture’s Newest Villains
The pop culture a society consumes says a lot about what that culture loves and loathes. In the 1980s, every other action flick depicted strong American military types laying waste to Soviet foes. In the 1990s, serial killers and corporate scumbags rampaged across silver screens. Since 9/11, Islamic terrorists... Read more
World War I Is the Perfect Setting for ‘Wonder Woman’
This article containers spoilers for Wonder Woman. One of the best things about the new Wonder Woman movie is how well the Amazonian princess fits in World War I. DC’s new film takes liberties with the classic characters setting, but it’s a great change. Diana is a young, naive... Read more
Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea
How many soldiers does America need to turn the tide in Afghanistan? The Taliban controls half the country and continues to gain ground. The Pentagon and generals in the field want U.S. president Donald Trump to send an additional 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to help win the... Read more
‘War Machine’ Is a Rorschach Test
This post contains spoilers for both War Machine and America’s war in Afghanistan. Halfway through Netflix’s War Machine, Stanley McChrystal stand-in Glenn McMahon sits on a fancy jet waiting to meet with U.S. Pres. Barack Obama. State Department asshole Pat McKinnon plops down in a chair across from him... Read more
From Loathed to Loved—the Deadly History of the Submarine
Submarines are an accepted part of a strong navy and the cornerstone vessel of a superpower. But these stealth killers of the ocean were once as derided and feared as the drone is now. This week on War College, former journalist and current naval historian Iain Ballantyne takes us... Read more
Like ‘Forrest Gump,’ but With Castration, Explosions and Joseph Stalin
Dig deep enough in Netflix and you might find a Swedish movie called The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared. The title is a mouthful. The plot is insane. It’s the story of Allan Karlsson, a former spy for both Russia and America during the... Read more
‘The Wall’ Isn’t a War Movie, It’s a Horror Film
This review contains spoilers. The poster for The Wall is misleading. Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s head dominates the top two thirds of the image and the American flag covers his wistful face. He looks like a forlorn U.S. soldier cradling Old Glory. On the bottom, John Cena lies prone in front of... Read more
Why the Russian Military Is Reaching Into the Arctic
In the summer of 2007, Russia planted a flag on the seabed of the North Pole. Russian state television covered the event as a submersible packed with explorers and Kremlin officials descended to the depths of the Arctic and laid claim over its potential resources for Russia. Canada complained, but... Read more
America’s Special Operations Forces Are Stretched Thin
America is at war with Islamic State. Typically, citizens think this war comes in the form of drone strikes, signals intelligence and cooperation with regional partners. But that’s only part of the story. Even while popular opinion has shunned U.S. “boots on the ground” in the Middle East, U.S. special... Read more
The Psychics With Top-Secret Security Clearances
Even if you think a government program to fund research into extrasensory perception, remote viewing and mind reading is crazy, U.S. taxpayers have paid for it. This week on War College, Pulitzer Prize finalist Annie Jacobsen walks us through the years she spent digging through government documents while researching the... Read more

Matthew Gault

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