The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations (and other book reviews)

A quiet period during the holidays as I try to catch up some longer writing projects I have due. In the meantime, I have a new book review in my institutional home’s journal, the RUSI Journal, this one of Jeremy Shapiro’s interesting new book The Terrorist’s Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations which focuses on bureaucracy […] Read more »

Peter Jackson’s Cinematic Defecation on the Tolkien Estate

[Mark safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Bilbo cowering at the approach of Smaug’s henchmen,  Darth Vader and Magneto My review of the first Hobbit movie was blistering. The second Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug, is such a travesty, I lack sufficient words to describe it. It makes the first movie look like a faithful adaptation. Most [...] Read more »

Gaming the Connections: from Sherlock H to Nada B

[ by Charles Cameron -- the game of Connect the Dots in play and practice ] . . Manhunt, the HBO documentary, does what (not having been there and seen that at the time) appears to be a decent job of recreating some of the cognitive stratregies employed by CIA officers in the OBL hunt. [...] Read more »