April 7, 2011 Dylan Ratigan

The War Nerd: Gary Brecher on Radio Free Dylan

Part war commentator, part angry humorist àla Bill Hicks, Brecher inveighs against pieties of all stripes — Liberian generals, Dick Cheney, U.N. peacekeepers, the neo-cons — and the massive incompetence of military powers.

Self-described war nerd Gary Brecher knows he’s not alone.  He knows there’s a community of large, lonely, mostly basement-dwelling Americans, most of whom are stuck in thankless, TPS-report producing desk jockey jobs, who enjoy reading about war because of their deep dissatisfaction with their own lives.

For some reason, his writing deeply appeals to the staff of The Dylan Ratigan Show, some of whom do appear to live in their mom’s basement.  We like nerds, so feel a bit of kinship with Gary.

He has been described this way: “Part war commentator, part angry humorist àla Bill Hicks, Brecher inveighs against pieties of all stripes — Liberian generals, Dick Cheney, U.N. peacekeepers, the neo-cons — and the massive incompetence of military powers. A provocative free thinker, he finds much to admire in the most unlikely places, and not always for the most pacifistic reasons: the Tamil Tigers, the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Danes of 1,000 years ago, and so on, across the globe and through the centuries. Crude, scatological, un-P.C., yet deeply informed, Brecher provides a radically different, completely unvarnished perspective on the nature of warfare.”

While Gary doesn’t actually have any military experience, he makes up for it with a life-long obsession with warfare and an expertise developed with long hours.  He has admitted to things such as being a, quote “fat slob who spends approximately eight hours a day on the internet searching for war news,” which, take out “war news” and put in ZeroHedge or Naked Capitalism or TMZ and that describes 99% of the Radio Free Dylan listening audience.  So we do have some commonality there.

You can keep up with his nerdy musings at Exiled Online, or even better, buy his book here.

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