Summary: Sixteen years later, with thousands of our troops dead in futile wars, few understand what happened on 9/11/01. It was a dagger at our minds, as are all effective 4GW ops. With a single strike al Qaeda changed America, the most powerful nation that the world has ever seen. Never before have so few changed … Continue reading Remember that 9/11 was the most effective military op, ever
Summary: Trump has announced his new strategy for Afghanistan. It got bipartisan applause, except from those who want even larger escalation. Here are the reasons why it will fail. How pitiful that we have learned so little after 16 years of war. This failure to learn is among the worst of our weaknesses, able to offset the … Continue reading Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail
Summary: Martin van Creveld warns Trump against taking his generals' advice and invading Syria, repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan. History show that his odds of success are low. “Are You Listening, President Trump?” By Martin van Creveld. From his website, 16 March 2017. Re-posted with his generous permission. Fifty-six years ago, President Kennedy … Continue reading Martin van Creveld advises Trump to not repeat Obama’s errors & invade Syria
Summary: Slowly voices inside the US military speak out about its inability to respond to its manifest failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the large price paid in blood and money for the lessons given. The military has proven unable to take the first step of admitting that they lost. Here Gregory A. Thiele (LtCol , … Continue reading America’s military hits a defining moment: how they react to defeat
Summary: A large literature discusses the effectiveness of foreign armies and their tools against insurgencies, but few ask about the other side. Does terrorism work for insurgents? A new book by Richard English fills that gap, with some surprising conclusions. Since terrorism is a key tool of 4GW, the dominant form of war in our … Continue reading Does terrorism work? Richard English gives the answer.