Permissible Arms

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Posted in admin by Karaka on 30 June 2010

For the next few days–until Wednesday, in fact–I will be on holiday on the shining shores of Northern California. So no new updates from me! However, the delightful ace322 will be providing links and material over the forthcoming days, and I’m so pleased that Eric and Michael from one of my favorite blogs, On Violence, will be contributing over the coming days as well. I encourage you to make them feel at home here at Permissible Arms, and I’ll catch you all next week.


Book Review: War, by Sebastian Junger

Posted in admin, afghanistan, american media by Karaka on 7 June 2010

I’m delighted to announce that my book review of Sebastian Junger’s War has been published at Small Wars Journal:

On May 21, 2010, I saw Sebastian Junger speak on the subject of his book War. It was standing room only, with several servicemen and women present; but the audience was mostly older folks. The parents of Private Misha Pemble-Belkin, one of the soldiers Junger writes about in his book, were present that evening, and Junger took care to welcome them. It was clear from that moment on, even before his reading or before I had the chance to read the book, that Junger had written about people who had come to mean a great deal to him. To understand that is to understand the impetus of his account.

More at Small Wars Journal. With thanks to Bill and Dave for all the effort they put into SWJ!

If you find SWJ as rewarding a resource as I do, I hope you’ll take a moment to consider contributing to the Small Wars Foundation. SWJ is holding a fundraising drive until July 4th; the goal is to reach $50,000 in user contributions. Keeping SWJ in operation is a worthwhile goal, one I hope you’ll join me in pursuing.

A little bit of renovation

Posted in admin by Karaka on 9 May 2010

When I started this blog last year, it was kind of a notepad for my thoughts and responses to all the things I had been reading. It’s turned out to be a really valuable experience, connecting me to a remarkable community of people. But I never actually titled this blog, because, well, it wasn’t necessarily something that needed a title.

So instead of just using my name, I though I’d invite opinion as to what I should use as a title. A little bit of crowdsourcing, hey? I’d really appreciate your input.

I pulled the ideas from some quotes I liked from a few dead guys, but I’d welcome other suggestions too.

  • You say it is the good cause that hallows even war? I tell you: it is the good war that hallows every cause. –Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It is clear that war is not a mere act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political activity by other means. –Clausewitz
  • War is just when it is necessary; arms are permissible when there is no hope except in arms. –Livy (Iustum enim est bellum quibus necessarium, et pia arma ubi nulla in armis spes est, in the Latin.)

Win an iPad, help Soldier’s Angels

Posted in admin by Karaka on 29 April 2010

Compadres, I’m pretty beat, otherwise I’d spend some time compiling all these links that have crossed my plate about AWK in the last 12 hours, but as it is I’m just going to do a little Soldier’s Angels pimping.

You Served routinely does eBay auctions for the benefit of Solider’s Angels, usually putting up donated books or memorabilia. This most recent auction is for a copy of Rage Company: A Marine‚Äôs Baptism By Fire by Thomas Daly, with an added bonus. The publishing house of the book has donated a brand-spanking-new iPad to the winner of the auction for the book.

All proceeds go to Soldier’s Angels. I’ll be entertained for the next six days watching the bids raise, and I encourage you to throw in a bid if you, you know, want an iPad and want to support SA.

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Posted in admin by Karaka on 31 December 2009

Happy new year, folks. Hopefully it’ll be a new year when I can get back to regular posting. Take care.

Also known as December.

Posted in admin by Karaka on 18 December 2009

In the last twelve days, my car has broken down and been fixed, I’ve found a new apartment, I registered to vote, went to a hearing at the county courthouse, replaced my work computer that self-immolated unexpectedly, and tried, in vain, to shop for winter holiday presents.

You can perhaps understand my lack of posting.

And so, in lieu of the usual foreign policy-military-foreign development thinkiness, have this amusing quote from Overheard in New York. (Real content soon. Unless something else goes awry.)

Teenage boy, explaining why he joined the Air Force: We’ve been around since World War II. We fought against the Germans and sank several submarines. We also killed a whale, but that’s not the point.

–Bard High School, Queens

Isn’t that why everyone joins? Apart from the whale, of course.

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One more tick in the to-do list

Posted in admin, us military by Karaka on 12 November 2009

The day job is kicking my ass right now, meaning I’m pulled away from what I’d rather be doing; namely, analyzing reports of Obama’s combat troop level decision in light of Amb. Eikenberry’s reservations. But since I don’t have the time nor the brainspace to do that, I’ll follow up on the Valour-IT project.

We’ve collectively raised over $100,000, which is just fantastic. Navy came in with a respectable third, bringing in $18,000. I’m so proud of our team! Thanks to everyone for participating, donating, and making this such a worthwhile event.

And also, that thing about the non-regulation goatee.

Posted in admin, american media by Karaka on 8 November 2009

I’m pretty sure I lost several braincells watching GI Joe: The Rise of the Cobra with my roommate last night. I tried really, really hard to suspend my disbelief–pulse cannons! nanomites! Evil Joseph Gordon-Levitt!–but there was one little niggling fact I just couldn’t let go.

While NATO has had a co-operation programme with Egypt since 2000, I’m pretty sure that doesn’t include MASSIVE STAGING PLATFORMS IN THEIR DESERT.



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Project Valour-IT–five days left!

Posted in admin by Karaka on 6 November 2009

We on Team Navy are still plugging along, getting by with a little help from our friends.

The Valour-IT fundraiser is having a video competition, and Steeljaw Scribe took it on for Team Navy:

And the loverly Jeff Bacon of Broadsides fame has jumped in again this week with another cartoon in support of Valour-IT:

The fundraiser ends on Veteran’s Day, so Team Navy has five more days to muster up support for this important cause. If you can spare a couple bucks, please donate! It’s great work to support.

Project Valour-IT: Team Navy Update

Posted in admin, us military by Karaka on 4 November 2009

The Valour-IT fundraiser is still plugging along, and I entreat you to come out in support of Team Navy! There’s also about fifty items up for auction, the proceeds of which will go to support Valour-IT as well.

Also, even though this doesn’t go to support Team Navy, it does support Valour-IT; this brilliant shirt by Vision Strike Wear:

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Seriously, I have to own this. It’s ridiculous, I love it.

Also, Jeff Bacon of Broadside generously threw his hat in the ring to support Team Navy by producing one of his awesome comics just for SA and our Team. Check out his post here.

We have another week to go! Help us out, blogosphere.

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