I’d lost track of The War Nerd, Gary Brecher, which is the pen name for John Dolan, who used to write at The Exile. He was mentioned a while back by Anne Laurie, but I wanted to put in a plug for him, for a couple of reasons.
First, I like the notion of serious, well-informed writing by a persona that has a point of view that is almost farcical in its devotion to the subject. Gary is a made-up character who supposedly lives in Fresno, has a terrible data entry job, and spent his entire youth reading Jane’s guides to different war machinery as well as histories of war. He’s quite well-informed on the latter, as his takedown of Victor Davis Hanson shows. He’s also smart about current military hardware and unafraid to point out that, for example, aircraft carriers would be sitting ducks in a war against a real military power.
Second, even though he’s a military buff, he doesn’t think that American forces should be used willy-nilly. If I had to classify my position on war, I’d say I’m an isolationist, and he comes fairly close to that label. For example, like Brecher, I think most of the picking sides on “humanitarian” interventions, like Kosovo, is nuts.
I have not read his latest stuff, since I just found his new home at NSFWcorp, but once I’ve paid my $3/month fee (cheap!), I’ll read his back columns and report back.