micah holmquist's irregular thoughts and links

Welcome to the musings and notes of a Cadillac, Michigan based writer named Micah Holmquist, who is bothered by his own sarcasm.

Please send him email at micahth@chartermi.net.

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Sites Holmquist trys, and often fails, to go no more than a couple of days without visiting (some of which Holmquist regularly swipes links from without attribution)

Aljazeera.Net English
AlterNet (War on Iraq)
Alternative Press Review
Always Low Prices -- Always
Another Irani online
antiwar.com (blog)
Asia Times Online
Axis of Logic
Baghdad Burning (riverbend)
BBC News
blogdex.net ("track this weblog")
The Christian Science Monitor (Daily Update)
Common Dreams
Daily Rotten
Democracy Now
The Drudge Report
Eat the Press (Harry Shearer, The Huffington Post)
Empire Notes (Rahul Mahajan)
frontpagemag.com (HorowitzWatch)
Guardian Unlimited
The Independent
Information Clearing House
Informed Comment (Juan Cole)
Iranians for Peace

Iraq Dispatches (Dahr Jamail)
Iraqi Democrats Against Occupation
Iraq Occupation and Resistance Report (Psychoanalysts for Peace and Justice)
Mr. Show and Other Comedy
The Narco News Bulletin (blog)
The New York Times
Occupation Watch
Political Theory Daily Review
Press Action
Project Syndicate
Raed in the Middle (Raed Jarrar)
The Simpsons Archive
Simpsons Collector Sector
Technorati ("search for mth.blogspot.com")
United States Central Command
U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq
War Report (Project on Defense Alternatives)
The Washington Post
Wildfire (Jo Wilding)
wood s lot
www.mnftiu.cc (David Rees)

Blogs that for one reason or another Holmquist would like to read on at least something of a regular basis (always in development)

Thivai Abhor
As'ad AbuKhalil
Ken Adrian
Christopher Allbritton
Douglas Anders
Mark W. Anderson
Aziz Ansari
Atomic Archive
James Benjamin
Elton Beard
Charlie Bertsch
alister black
Blame India Watch
Blog Left: Critical Interventions Warblog / war blog
Igor Boog
Martin Butler
Chris Campbell
James M. Capozzola
Avedon Carol
Elaine Cassel
cats blog
Jeff Chang
Margaret Cho
Citizens Of Upright Moral Character
Louis CK
Les Dabney
Natalie Davis
Scoobie Davis
The Day Job
Jodi Dean
Dominic Duval
Steve Earle
Daniel Ellsberg
Tom Engelhardt
Lisa English
Barbara Flaska
Brian Flemming
Joe Foster
Yoshie Furuhashi
Al Giordano
Rob Goodspeed
Grand Puba
Guardian Unlimited Weblog
Pete Guither
The Hairy Eyeball
Ray Hanania
Mark Hand
Hector Rottweiller Jr's Web Log Jim Henley Arvin Hill Hit & Run (Reason) Hugo Clark Humphrey Indri The Iraqi Agora Dru Oja Jay Jeff Lynne d Johnson Dallas Jones Julia Kane Blues Benjamin Kepple Ken Layne Phil Leggiere Brian Linse Adam Magazine Majority Report Radio Marc Maron Josh Marshall Jeralyn Merritt J.R. Mooneyham Michael Scott Moore Bob Morris Bob Mould Mr. Show and Tell Muslims For Nader/Camejo David Neiwert NewPages Weblog Aimee Nezhukumatathil Sean O'Brien Patton Oswalt The Panda's Thumb Randy Paul Rodger A. Payne Ian Penman politx Neal Pollack Greg Proops Pro-War.com Pure Polemics Seyed Razavi Rayne Simon Reynolds richardpryor.com Clay Richards Mike Rogers Yuval Rubinstein
Steven Rubio
Saragon Noah Shachtman Court Schuett The Simpsons Archive Amardeep Singh Sam Smith Soundbitten Jack Sparks Ian Spiers Morgan Spurlock Stand Down: The Left-Right Blog Opposing an Invasion of Iraq Aaron Stark Morgaine Swann Tapped (The American Prospect) tex Matthew Tobey Annie Tomlin Tom Tomorrow The University Without Condition Jesse Walker Warblogger Watch Diane Warth The Watchful Babbler The Weblog we have brains Matt Welch
Alex Whalen
Jon Wiener
Lizz Winstead
James Wolcott
Wooster Collective
Mickey Z

Sunday, January 26, 2003
The cruise missiles in Uncle Sam's quiver

The current plan in the Pentagon is to attack Iraq in March by having the Air Force and Navy launch 300-400 cruise missiles one day one of the escalated war and then drop 300-400 more the next, CBS News reported yesterday. The goal is to discourage the Iraqi military from wanting to fight. In the story, CBS News quotes an unnamed “Pentagon official” as saying, "There will not be a safe place in Baghdad.”

This strategy is known as “Shock and Awe,” and was described by Harlan K. Ullman and James P. Wade as a means of instituting “Rapid Dominance” in a 1996 report for the The Command and Control Research Program, which is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. “The aim of Rapid Dominance,” write Ullman and Wade, "is to affect the will, perception, and understanding of the adversary to fit or respond to our strategic policy ends through imposing a regime of Shock and Awe."

Cruise missiles, at least the “Tomahawks” used by the U.S. (create your own joke), are a quintessential high tech weapon as they move on their own propulsion and contain software so that the missile can react to the terrain around it. “At the heart of the cruise missile is TERCOM - Terrain Contour Matching - software that allows the weapon to ‘read’ the ground it flies over,” writes the BBC. “It is not infallible. Firstly, the software demands that the missile flies from one reference point to the next so that it can work out where it is. Secondly, it is only as good as the maps it carries.”

As the missile gets close to its target, the Digital Scene Matching Area Correlation guidance system “compares what it can see on the ground with a digital rendition of its target,” the BBC further reports, in order to strike its intended target with as much accuracy as possible.

Tomahawks have a better than 85% success rate, writes The Federation of American Scientists.

(I can’t help but wonder why such accuracy is needed if the goal really is to make all of Baghdad a dangerous place to be.)

Tomahawk cruise missiles were first used in the Gulf War and are produced by Raytheon. Each missile has a 1,000 pound payload and have an average unit cost of 1.4 million, according to globalsecurity.org.

The “Tactical Tomahawk” –a new and improved version of the missile- is expected to be available for use soon. “Tactical Tomahawk, which will be introduced in 2003, will incorporate new technologies to provide new operational capabilities while fundamentally reducing acquisition and life cycle costs,” writes Raytheon.

In contrast, The U.S. Navy says, in a web page said to have been last updated on December 17, that the new Tomahawk “is projected to enter service in 2004.”