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Gary Brecher is the author of The War Nerd, a twice-monthly column discussing current wars and other military conflicts, published in the the eXile. Image File history File links War_nerd_logo. ... Image File history File links War_nerd_logo. ... The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ...


Brecher analyzes military strategy, tactics, and contexts of ongoing and past conflicts. While Brecher lacks military experience or formal training in war, he has credited himself as self-educated out of a personal, life-long obsession with warfare. He has also described himself as a fat slob who spends approximately 8 hours a day on the internet searching for war news. Brecher describes himself as a "war nerd". A strategy is a long term plan of action designed to achieve a particular goal, most often winning. Strategy is differentiated from tactics or immediate actions with resources at hand. ... Military tactics (Greek: Taktikē, the art of organizing an army) are the collective name for methods for engaging and defeating an enemy in battle. ... For other uses, see War (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ...


It is still strongly debated whether Brecher is real or simply a pseudonym of his writer, as he has never been contacted in person. A pseudonym (Greek: , pseudo + -onym: false name) is an artificial, fictitious name, also known as an alias, used by an individual as an alternative to a persons legal name. ...

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Brecher the Man

To date all evidence for or against Brecher's existence as a real person remains circumstantial and unverifiable. The only non-eXile source of these details is an email interview with Brecher conducted by Steve Sailer and published by United Press International.[1] The image at the top of each War Nerd column supposedly representing Brecher is actually that of Roger Edvardsen of the Norwegian rhythm & blues band Ehem.[1] The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ... Steve Sailer Steven Ernest Sailer (born December 20, 1958) is an American journalist and movie critic for The American Conservative, ex-correspondent for UPI, and VDARE.com columnist. ... Front of UPI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. “UPI” redirects here. ...


Brecher claims to have been born in 1965 and to have attended community college after high school, dropping out before graduating. [2] He claims to be employed as a data entry clerk in Fresno, California and deeply unsatisfied with his job.[3] Around that time he met Mark Ames, editor of the Moscow-based, English language newspaper the eXile, who offered Brecher a column. He wrote in his first eXile column that life in Fresno is a "death sentence" and that he spends 15 hours a day in front of a computer ("6 or 7 hours entering civilian numbers for the paycheck and the rest surfing the war news"). The War Nerd has since established a large following of its own, and Brecher's work is a regular subject in the eXile's letters to editor. In Canada and the United States, a community college, sometimes called a county college, junior college or a city college, is an educational institution providing higher education and lower-level tertiary education, granting certificates, diplomas, and Associates degrees. ... Data processing is any process that converts data into information. ... “Fresno” redirects here. ... A photograph of Mark Ames from an eXile article Mark Ames (1965-) is a Moscow-based American journalist and editor. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ...


No one outside of the eXile has proved any direct interaction with Gary Brecher. Brecher's reclusive nature and the lack of information about him have raised speculation (e.g. during his email interview with Sailer) that Brecher is a pseudonym for another eXile contributor. The use of invented characters is not unprecedented for the eXile. [4]


A Buffalo Beast review [5] of eXile editor John Dolan's novel "Pleasant Hell" states that "a faithful eXile reader [would] have to be as dense as young John Dolan not to realize you’re reading about the birth of 'Gary Brecher' - nome [sic] de guerre of the famed 'War Nerd'." In the memoir, Dolan writes of obsessively studying military history and Jane's manuals while binging on junk food in the basement of a UC Berkeley library building in the mid-seventies. In one War Nerd column, Brecher writes, "I used to spend every free hour, back before there was an internet, going over those big heavy reference books in the library: Jane's Tanks, Jane's Missile Systems, Jane's Combat Vehicles."[6] Also, one should note that in an 2001 eXile article, "Cleanse the World", John Dolan openly admits being a 'war-nerd': "Oh, my poor naive war-nerd brothers, how could you ever have dreamed that Bush...". [7] Issue #86 of the Beast The Beast is a Buffalo, New York left-libertarian biweekly newspaper founded by Matt Taibbi and Kevin McElwee in 2002. ... John Dolan (Born 1955) is an American poet, writer, and essayist. ... Janes International Defence Review (IDR) is a monthly magazine reporting on military news and technology. ... The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a prestigious, public, coeducational university situated in the foothills of Berkeley, California to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate and its bridge. ...


War Nerd writings

Every two to five weeks, Brecher publishes his The War Nerd column in eXile. In each installment, Brecher offers his idiosyncratic analyses of armed conflict from a military, political, or rarely, social standpoint. In his first eXile column, Brecher declared that The War Nerd was to be "a column on how all the wars are going, kind of a war reviewer." He has acknowledged an aesthetic or perhaps even fetishistic pleasure in the study, observation, and intimate knowledge of armed conflict (again from his first column): The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ... Aesthetics (or esthetics) (from the Greek word αισθητική) is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty. ... Sexual fetishism is the attribution of attractive sexual qualities to non-living objects as an overwhelming alternative to the sexuality of a man or a woman, or as an enhancing element to a relationship. ...

"American peace truly sucks (That's what I live in and work in: American peace. Fresno. Townhouses in a dry riverbed. Scrub acreage with fancy British names. America the hot and stupid)."
"That's why we need a war now and then. You can drain your dick at every bondage site on the web, but you can't really drain your head there, it takes something bigger like a decent war and some of those guncamera shots. I figure about one a year. Which is why this was already a good year."

Brecher describes himself as a Nationalist "who just wants America to kick ass." While typically enjoying war as a spectator, Brecher has been highly critical of the foreign policy of the Bush administration. One basis of his critique has been that Bush has gone to war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and possibly planned for war in Iran and North Korea, without publicly defining a sound strategy or acknowledging the ruthlessness required for victory. Nationalism is an ideology that creates and sustains a nation as a concept of a common identity for groups of humans. ... For a history, see Timeline of United States diplomatic history For the published diplomatic papers, see The Foreign Relations of the United States For Foreign relations under George W. Bush, see Foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration. ... The Bush administration includes President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Bushs Cabinet, and other select officials and advisors. ...


In the September 9, 2005 of the eXile, the editors announced that the War Nerd would be suspended without pay for one issue as a result of his article 'Victor Hanson: Portrait of an American Traitor'. As eXile is usually pretty aggressive in its reporting and satiric features, it is unclear whether this was simply a joke. Another similarly themed Brecher article, 'It’s All Greek to Victor Davis Hanson', appeared in the December 19, 2005 issue of the American Conservative.[2] Victor Davis Hanson giving a lecture at Kenyon College. ... Victor Davis Hanson giving a lecture at Kenyon College. ... The American Conservative magazine. ...


The editors of the eXile have announced in replies to readers' letters that Brecher is currently at work on his first book.[3][4] The first such announcement came in October of 2004. The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ...


On June 24, 2006, Newsday columnist James Pinkerton appeared on Fox News and referenced Gary Brecher's analysis of the alleged Haditha massacre, in which he took the view that, in any war, Haditha-like events are to a great degree unavoidable, as a position held by a distinct "minority" of commentators, but nevertheless "correct".[5] In that column, Brecher stated that massacres like Haditha were a staple of counter-insurgency warfare, but doubted that this particular instance would be of any use to the effort, characterising it as 'too little or too much'. Newsday is a daily tabloid-size newspaper that primarily serves Long Island and the New York City borough of Queens, although it is sold throughout the New York City metropolitan area. ... James Pinkerton is a columnist, author, and political analyst. ... Fox News Channels slogan is We Report, You Decide The Fox News Channel is a U.S. cable and satellite news channel. ... The Haditha killings (also called the Haditha incident or the Haditha massacre) refers to the incident where 24 Iraqis were killed on November 19, 2005 in Haditha, a city in the western Iraq province of Al Anbar. ...


Brecher has summarized his view of modern warfare as follows:

  1. Most wars are asymmetrical / irregular.
  2. In these wars, the guerrillas / irregulars / insurgents do NOT aim for military victory.
  3. You can NOT defeat these groups by killing lots of their members. In fact, they want you to do that.
  4. Hi-tech weaponry is mostly useless in these wars.
  5. "Hearts and Minds," meaning propaganda and morale, are more important than military superiority.
  6. Most people are not rational, they are TRIBAL: "my gang yay, your gang boo!" It really is that simple. The rest is cosmetics.[6]

See also

A photograph of Mark Ames from an eXile article Mark Ames (1965-) is a Moscow-based American journalist and editor. ... John Dolan (Born 1955) is an American poet, writer, and essayist. ... Denis Salnikov is a regular columnist for the Moscow biweekly newspaper the eXile. ... The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ... “Fresno” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ Email interview with Gary Brecher - Sailer, Steve - United Press International, March 2003
  2. ^ Conceived in Sin: The Online Audience and the Case of the eXile - Dolan, John, April 2005
  3. ^ War Nerd Column, April 2002 - Brecher, Gary - the eXile, 2002
  4. ^ Feis the Music! - the eXile, 2003
  5. ^ Review of 'Pleasant Hell' - Buffalo Beast, 14 Dec 2005
  6. ^ Most Valuable Weapon: the RPG - Brecher, Gary - the eXile, 2001
  7. ^ Cleanse the World - Dolan, John - eXile, 2001

Front of UPI Headquarters, Washington, D.C. “UPI” redirects here. ... John Dolan (Born 1955) is an American poet, writer, and essayist. ... The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ... The eXile, founded in 1997, is a Moscow-based English-language biweekly free newspaper, aimed at the citys expatriate community, which combines outrageous, sometimes satirical, content with investigative reporting. ... Issue #86 of the Beast The Beast is a Buffalo, New York left-libertarian biweekly newspaper founded by Matt Taibbi and Kevin McElwee in 2002. ...

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Gary Brecher - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1488 words)
Brecher was living out his uneventful life as a fat slob data entry clerk when he met Mark Ames, editor of the Moscow-based, English language newspaper the eXile.
Brecher describes himself as a Nationalist "who just wants America to kick ass." While typically enjoying war as a spectator, Brecher has been highly critical of the foreign policy of the Bush administration.
Brecher's columns have regarded mainstream pundits who discuss war with dismissive scorn or openly declared hatred.
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