Posts by James Joyner

James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

American Studies Association Israel Boycott is Righteous but Wrongheaded

While I concur with the “intent, justice, legality, and morality” of the decision, I nonetheless oppose it.

Airline Passengers Are Revolting

Airlines are squeezing ever-larger passengers into ever-smaller spaces. Naturally, the passengers are taking it out on the other passengers.

Science: Men Act Differently Around Women

Scientists have discovered that heterosexual men alter their behavior around women.

Michelle Howard Navy’s First Female 4-Star Admiral

Michelle Howard has become the highest ranking woman in the history of the US Navy–and the US military, period.

The Coffee Insurgency?

The Economist reports that “The coffee insurgency” is winning.

President Obama’s Dating Advice

The First Daughters are approaching dating age and the First Papa has some thoughts on the matter.

US Army Honors Confederate Generals

At least one person wonders why the US Army honors Confederate generals.

Obama Sends Message with Sochi Delegation

The U.S. delegation to Russia’s Sochi Olympics will feature no high profile politicians and several openly gay athletes.

Obama Following Bush Path to Second Term Collapse?

Ron Fournier sees major similarities but ignores key differences.

The Death of Cursive Writing?

Johnny can’t write, either.

Congress Orders Pentagon to Adopt Common Camouflage Pattern (Again)

The defense authorization law requires the Defense Department to go back to a single camouflage pattern.

Nick Saban Signs New $7 Million Contract at Alabama

Weeks of speculation that Texas would fire Mack Brown and hire Nack Saban were put to an end yesterday evening.

Keith Richards on the Making of “Street Fighting Man”

WSJ’s Marc Myers has a fascinating chat with Keith Richards on the making of one of the Stones’ iconic tracks.

WWII Vets Lobotomy Story: Tragic But Not Scandalous

Some 2000 veterans of World War II were lobotomized by the VA. That’s awful but not outrageous.

Defense Bill To Be Rammed Through Without Debate or Amendment

Democracy was nice while it lasted.

Feds Sell GM Shares for $10.5 Billion Loss

The federal government lost $10.5 billion on the GM bailout. Was this a good investment?

Innumeracy is Perfect for Entertaining

Wall Street Journal was looking hard for a story.

Lesbian Marine Waitress Lied About Tip Story

Recently, a waitress and former Marine drew an outpouring of sympathy after claiming a religious couple left a message insulting her lifestyle instead of a tip.

Peter Higgs Not Productive Enough for Today’s Academy?

Nobel physicist Peter Higgs says he could not make it in academia today.

Obama’s America Iron Bowl Cartoon Controversy

Irony is officially dead.

Bugatti Veyron Close-out Sale

Legendary Italian auto maker Bugatti is discontinuing the Veyron and needs to remove the remaining inventory at the ridiculously low price of $1.3 million.

No Fighter Escorts For Santa

You know the Defense budget is getting tight when we can’t spare a few measly fighter planes to escort an imaginary character.

Bashir-Palin vs. Limbaugh-Fluke

Marin Bashir’s ugly comments about Sarah Palin are being compared to Rush Limbaugh’s ugly comments about Sandra Fluke.

The Dumbest Argument for Restoring the Draft Yet

Dana Milbank offers a nonsensical reason for denying our youth the freedom to choose their own path.

US Orders Airliners to Comply with Chinese Notification Demands

Even as it defies China’s illegal territorial claims with military flights, the Obama administration is urging US airlines to comply.

Army to Discharge Sex Offenders Regardless of When Convicted

The Secretary of the Army has ordered discharge proceedings to begin on all convicted sex offenders.

Army Looking for a Few Average-Looking Women

A leaked internal email has the Army in hot water with feminists.

Four Women Complete Marine Infantry Training; Marines Deem Pullups Too Dangerous for Women

The juxtaposition of two stories in the Marine Times strikes me as odd.

Military Benefits vs Military Readiness

Without hard choices on pay and benefits, the Pentagon will have to make big cuts in readiness.

World Safer But More Dangerous Than Ever

Robert Kagan warns of “a changing world order.” But he’s grasping at rather thin straws.

Jimmie Johnson Wins 6th NASCAR Championship

Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt have company.

Justice Department and Prosecution of Glenn Greenwald

Does the Attorney General really think advocacy is a crime?

Veterans Who Aren’t Veterans

Phil Carter draws attention to “The Vets We Reject and Ignore.”

Obama Apologizes to People Who Lost Lousy Insurance Because of ObamaCare

President Obama has apologized for breaking his “If you like your plan, you can keep it” pledge. Does he have anything to be sorry about?

Sick Man Too Fat to Fly on British Airways

A 500 pound French man was denied a return flight by British Airways.

Solar Eclipse of the Moon, Time-Lapse Video

Time-lapse video of Sunday’s solar eclipse of the moon as seen from Key West

No, America’s Generals Aren’t Planning a Coup

A bizarre hit piece in National Journal gives the false impression that our military leaders are considering removing the president.

TSA Agent Killed in LAX Shooting, First in Agency’s History

I’m happy that these incidents are so rare. But I can’t explain why it’s so.

Pentagon to Fight 9 States Denying Same-Sex Guard ID Cards

Fifty years after the Stand in the Schoolhouse door, there’s another standoff with recalcitrant states on civil rights.

White Male Privilege Exists, Defense Department Points Out

A Pentagon Equal Opportunity training manual points out the obvious.

Obama Hits Majority Disapproval

A majority of Americans now disapprove of President Obama’s performance and a whopping 70 percent think the country is moving in the wrong direction.

Syrian Chemical Weapons Equipment Destroyed Says Syria

The Syrian regime has declared its ability to make chemical weapons destroyed.

Marines Deem Dan Daly Hat Too Girly

Few subjects rile members and veterans of military service more than changes to the uniform.