For today’s installment at MakingCrimes, we’ve got friend-of-the-blog Dr. Jake Diliberto back for some bullshitting intelligent discourse about modern security issues. We’re calling this the International Security Fantasy League, and we daresay it beats most of the punditry on CNN these days. Continue reading
You gotta keep the devil, way down in the hole.
-Tom Waits, Frank’s Wild Years
When I was a wee lad, I remember World News anchors ceaselessly reporting on the escape of Pablo Escobar, the infamous drug lord of Columbia’s Medellin Cartel. When Colombian task force soldiers stormed his custom-made prison “La Catedral,” Pablo and his brother Roberto escaped through a tunnel system. It was a humiliating failure for the Colombian government to absorb, highlighted by the fact that a low-tech hand-dug tunnel defeated all the whizbang security technology and tactics available in 1992.
It’s May 1944. An American submarine just sank several Japanese ships, and is now under a blistering counterattack. As a seemingly-endless barrage of depth charges explodes around the boat, one of the American submariners asks how much a depth charge costs. A crewmate guesses they cost about $600 each.
“Damn, we’re going to bankrupt these sonovabitches.”
And that’s about right. Except today we’re not bankrupting our adversaries. Our adversaries are bankrupting us. Continue reading