Afghanistan war logs: Shattering the illusion of a bloodless victory

Summary:  Don Vandergriff looks at the significance of the Wikileaks documents about the Af-Pak War, borrowing the title from the Guardian article. It is not as if the disaster described below, in the Afghan war logs released by Wikileaks to the Guardian, the New York Times , and der Spiegel, was not foreseeable.   For example, my close friend and … Continue reading Afghanistan war logs: Shattering the illusion of a bloodless victory

Another example of our nation’s leadership crisis: Tim Geithner’s Ninth Political Life

Summary:  To prosper -- perhaps even to survive -- the 21st century we must have adequate leadership.  In this post by Don Vandergriff, we look at our leaders, both as a class and one in particular.  It's not a pretty picture. My post a couple of months ago about William Deresiewcz’s fantastic article fits here:  "Solitude … Continue reading Another example of our nation’s leadership crisis: Tim Geithner’s Ninth Political Life

Petraeus’s Baby

Summary:  Even the war's supporters paint a gloomy picture of the current situation.  Post by Don Vandergriff.  Obama’s presidency is now being defined by four intractable problems: Persistent High Unemployment due to the intractable Great Recession a Financial Giveaway that protected rich Wall Street bankers at the expense of the masses who are suffering economically … Continue reading Petraeus’s Baby

Training of officers, a key step for the forging of an effective military force

Summary:  This is the fifth in a series of articles about Donald Vandergriff, explaining why changing the Army's methods of recruiting, training, motivating, and retaining people are the key structural changes to make it better fitted for warfare in the 21st century.   Today we have an excerpt from Don Vandergriff’s book Manning the Future Legions of … Continue reading Training of officers, a key step for the forging of an effective military force

Preface to Manning the Future Legions of the United States: Finding and Developing Tomorrow’s Centurions

Summary:  This is the fourth in a series of articles about Donald Vandergriff, explaining why changing the Army's methods of recruiting, training, motivating, and retaining people are the key structural changes to make it better fitted for warfare in the 21st century. . Today's we have a excerpt from the Preface to Don Vandergriff's book Manning the … Continue reading Preface to Manning the Future Legions of the United States: Finding and Developing Tomorrow’s Centurions