Summary: I recommend reading these two valuable articles by the John Dolan (aka the War Nerd) at Pando. They are an entertaining autobiography, but also provide a valuable outsider’s view of our society and our wars. They’re only ungated for a limited time. Post your reactions in the comments.
Part one tells the personal stories of John Dolan and Mitzy Carlough — who later became Montgomery McFate, a star among the COINistas. It’s a 21stC version of A Star is Born. No only is this history entertaining, but it can help us realize that scale of our lost wars since 9/11 — and the causes.
Part two tells the tale of how Mitzy found a lucrative and prestigious niche in the US defense establishment, eventually helping launch the Army’s ill-fated Human Terrain System program (“The Next Big Thing in counterinsurgency”).
“My Human Terrain” at Pando
Part One: “Me and Mitzy Carlough“. This is a case study of how to rise in American society. Like the making of sausage, it’s not a pretty process.
Part Two: “Which way to the bombs?” — An insider story about our mad wars, and the rise of Montgomery McFate and the COIN-istas.
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Another fascinating story about the people moving up the career ladder in D.C. by shilling for our wars: “Elizabeth O’Bagy: Human Resource“.
- Another volley in the battle of the anthropologists.
- Americans in foreign lands, putting our knowledge of their cultures to work in war.
- Lessons about ourselves from the “Three Cups of Tea” affair (parts one and two).
- Recommended: Learning from our failure at weaponizing anthropology.
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