How to win the Long War

Clash of Civilizations

Summary: Yesterday's post explained why our Long War has produced so few gains at such a high cost in money and blood. It did not explain why our military — led by the best-educated officers in history — repeats the tactics that have failed in so many similar wars? This leads to a second question: after that problem is … Continue reading How to win the Long War

Don’t listen to the calls for more killing in the WOT

River of blood

Summary: As Trump and his general-dominated foreign policy team expand and intensify our wars, the calls for more killing rise again. As in an article in the respected journal of the Navy Institute. We should just say no. “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” — No said by Einstein but by Alcoholics … Continue reading Don’t listen to the calls for more killing in the WOT

Omar Ali: Islam vs. Western liberalism; only one can win

"No democracy we want just islam."

Summary: The clash of Islam and West has just began and none can see its end -- or its consequences for us all. Here Omar Ali looks at Islam's effect on the West, and draws some fascinating conclusions. "Is Islam the rock on which the liberal order broke?" By Omar Ali at Brown Pundits, 5 December … Continue reading Omar Ali: Islam vs. Western liberalism; only one can win

On the 16th anniversary of Afghanistan, see why we lost

War on Terror

Summary: On the 16th anniversary of the Afghanistan War, let's ask why our investment of much blood and money in the WOT has accomplished so little. Despite our weak foes. To see why, look at advice given our troops in 2006. It was bad advice. Obviously so at the time. But our hubris made it … Continue reading On the 16th anniversary of Afghanistan, see why we lost

How We Learned Not To Care About Our Wars

War in the Middle East

Summary: Sunday's post discussed the price we pay for our wars in money and blood. Today Andrew Bachevich (Colonel, US Army, retired) explains how we have forgotten about these wars and the price paid -- and why we have forgotten. "How We Learned Not To Care About America's Wars." At TomDispatch, 5 October 2017. Introduction by … Continue reading How We Learned Not To Care About Our Wars