Summary: We ignore our wars (hardly mentioned in the campaigns). We pay for our wars, hot and cold, in two ways -- in money and blood. Let's look at the toll in both. This will be an unpopular post. Neither Left nor Right cares to look at the toll of our wars. Both prefer their … Continue reading A reminder that we pay for our wars in money and blood
Summary: Major Sjursen asks a question we almost never ask about our wars, lost in our self-absorption and self-righteousness, lacking empathy and awareness of how our actions appear to others. These are expensive vices. We pay for them with money and blood. The longer these mad wars continue, the odds that the final bill will … Continue reading Perhaps we are bad guys in the Middle East’s wars
Summary: Stratfor reports on Trump's new strategy for the Afghanistan War, showing its low odds of success. It's a follow-up to my post Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail. How many US troops will die or be crippled trying to make this doomed plan work? "The United States Sets Its Sights Beyond Afghanistan" Stratfor, 22 August … Continue reading Stratfor pans Trump’s new Afghanistan War plan
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: Stratfor has been one of the few geopolitical research shops that has accurately seen the futility of our war in Afghanistan. So their reports, like this one, deserve attention but are ignored. But not even Stratfor can bring themselves to call for an end to our mad war. Instead they mention without irony that … Continue reading Stratfor sees Afghanistan war fatigue in America. Only our rulers remain eager.