Fox News Floats BS Story About Fleeing Marines Giving Rebels Their Guns

Adam Weinstein · 02/12/15 11:57AM

It's Benghazi redux: As they secured the U.S. embassy in Yemen, the final Marines to leave the country handed their weapons over to Iran-friendly Houthi rebels, on orders from some Obama administration bureaucrat. That's the right-wing blogosphere's story, anyway, even though the Marine Corps calls it bullshit.

Right-Wing Dicks Offer a Primer on How Not to Mourn a Terror Victim

Adam Weinstein · 02/11/15 06:21PM

Amid all the slights and grievances, real and perceived, between conservatives and liberals in America, you might imagine some common baseline moral sentiments—like, say, mourning a young American woman killed in ISIS custody. But to some well-compensated mavens of the right, she's just a dead "bitch."

9/11 Gitmo Trial Stops When Court Linguist Is Fingered as CIA Torturer

Adam Weinstein · 02/09/15 12:52PM

A hearing in the trial against several accused 9/11 terror plotters at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was halted Monday after several of the defendants said they recognized their court-appointed linguist as a worker at a CIA "Black Site" where they were held several years ago.

The Case That the Saudis Did 9/11, Explained

Adam Weinstein · 02/06/15 02:18PM

New claims from the so-called "20th hijacker" have bolstered the almost-unthinkable scenario that the 9/11 terrorists were directly backed by a Saudi royal family with intimate personal and financial ties to the Bush clan, the U.S. intelligence community, and Rupert Murdoch's Fox News.

Brian Williams Admits to Lying For Years About Being Under Fire in Iraq

Adam Weinstein · 02/04/15 05:25PM

Since visiting Iraq in 2003, NBC and its star news anchor, Brian Williams, have maintained that Williams was aboard a Chinook helicopter when it was hit and grounded by enemy fire over Baghdad. But after repeating the claim last week, Williams was forced by contrary reports from the helo's crew to completely recant his story today.

This Texas Open-Carry Activist Says He's Ready to Kill Legislators

Adam Weinstein · 02/04/15 02:14PM

The Texas Legislature just cleared residents to legally carry guns on school campuses, and it's readying legislation to legalize open carry everywhere in the state. But the pace of its reforms is tyrannically slow, according to longtime gun activist Kory Watkins, and in a new video, he says if lawmakers don't speed up, they may face death.

Even the NRA Can't Believe These Assholes With Gun Ranges in Their Yards

Adam Weinstein · 02/03/15 04:29PM

Joseph Carannate just got old enough to (legally) own his 9mm handgun and was ready for some next-level Second Amendmenting: He set up a sad-looking pile of dirt and wood in the yard of his suburban house as a makeshift firing range. He's just taking advantage of a pro-gun Florida law that leaves even the NRA aghast.

Report: Taliban Captured an ISIS Leader That Bush Released From Gitmo

Adam Weinstein · 01/28/15 02:56PM

The Taliban, bane of America's post-9/11 Afghanistan operations, said Wednesday that they captured Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, a renegade insurgent and ex-Guantanamo detainee who was in Afghanistan recruiting for the Islamic State, the latest parry in a messy internecine conflict between violent Islamist regimes.

Bowe Bergdahl Isn't Charged With Desertion, But He's Still Fucked

Adam Weinstein · 01/27/15 03:25PM

Bowe Bergdahl, the eccentric Army enlistee and final Afghanistan P.O.W. whose release from Taliban custody left detractors screaming for his corpse, may face desertion charges soon. Or maybe not. No one knows for certain just yet. But either way, these blogospheric anti-Bergdahl snuff-porn fantasies will be heard, dammit.

How "The Left's Best Chance in a Generation" Won Greece Over: A Guide

Adam Weinstein · 01/26/15 03:35PM

While liberal and left-wing Americans stare distastefully and apprehensively at their pitiful choices for next year's presidential election, Greek voters are celebrating the victory of Syriza, the young, pragmatic, and popular left-wing party led by a young atheist ex-communist with a son named after Che Guevara. Let us guide you through Greece's election and the ramifications for Syriza's victory.

What the Hell Is Happening in Yemen, Explained

Adam Weinstein · 01/23/15 03:00PM

The Yemeni government just collapsed, its president prodded into resignation by an Iran-affiliated insurgent group. In the south, citizens are demanding an independent state. The U.S. is freaking out at the possibility of losing its drone-friendliest partner in the middle east. What the hell is going on? Let us explain.

Little Victories, Big Losses: How and Why American Sniper Fails

Adam Weinstein · 01/23/15 01:34PM

There is a point, about a third of the way through American Sniper's conventional narrative, where a different kind of war movie threatens to break out. SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is dropping Iraqi bodies left and right. He is protecting colleagues, but opening a wound on himself. It is not a glorious sacrifice. He seems to wonder how many more he will have to kill.

A History of Military Braggadouches, From Sparta to Chris Kyle

Adam Weinstein · 01/21/15 02:50PM

Much of the recent media debate around American Sniper concerns the legacy of Chris Kyle, the SEAL in the title, who may be a hero, a cold-blooded killer, a loudmouthed liar, or all three. In fact, Kyle—the real man and the dramatic character—seems to be the latest in a long history of men I call military braggadouches.

Gun Nuts Simulate Paris Shooting, Get Shot By Simulated Terrorists

Adam Weinstein · 01/15/15 01:32PM

In an attempt to prove that good guys with guns could have altered the dynamics of last week's deadly Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, a Texas-based pro-gun group reenacted the shooting a dozen times with armed citizens and mostly discovered that armed citizens suck at stopping terrorists.

Afghan Police Training Base Melts, Makes Good Metaphor for Afghan War

Adam Weinstein · 01/15/15 11:02AM

Investigators this week called the military to task for paying Afghan contractors half a million dollars to construct a training base "made mostly of sand" that melted in the rain four months later, calling the now-demolished project "not only an embarrassment, but, more significantly, a waste of U.S. taxpayers' money."

The Department of Homeland Security Is Still Stupid and Pointless

Adam Weinstein · 01/14/15 02:48PM

Congressional Republicans, who 13 long years ago helped create a dumb massive federal "homeland security" bureaucracy, vowed this week that they'll keep it operating only if Barack Obama takes a harder line on immigrants to America. There's a simple solution here: Keep immigration open, and let the bureaucracy wither.

Ollie North's Nonprofit Honors War Heroes By Letting Them Murder Doves

Adam Weinstein · 01/05/15 03:36PM

Freedom Alliance is dedicated to freedom. Which means it's dedicated to our amazing combat veterans. Which means it invites those veterans, especially the ones spooked by "loud noises and crowds," to hunt doves, the universal symbol of peace and spirituality, and shoot dozens of the delicate winged creatures to death.