Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

From the film Act of Valor.

Summary: Special Operations Forces are the heroes in the second phase, the 16th year, of the War on Terror. But years of failure have raised doubts that their bravery and skill have been well applied to these wars, or if they are even relevant. “Counterinsurgency is Not a Substitute for Strategy” --- "Insurgencies and Countering … Continue reading Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

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Terrorism fears, terrorism hysteria, terrorism facts.

Summary: Again terrorism dominates the headlines. How serious is the threat to Europe? To the US? The numbers tell the story. They also reveal something important about America. "I once asked a guy at [the National Institutes of Health] how much we should spend on preventing a disease that kills 6 per year, and he … Continue reading Terrorism fears, terrorism hysteria, terrorism facts.

Two generals chat about Afghanistan (a funny, sad, horrifying look at our war)

Summary: Here Michael Brenner (Prof International Relations) perfectly captures the madness of our long war (no wins yet after 15 years) in this fictional conversation between two of its leaders. Comedy equal to anything in 1950s theater of the absurd. Unfortunately the wars it describes are real, as are our casualties and squandered wealth. The colossus … Continue reading Two generals chat about Afghanistan (a funny, sad, horrifying look at our war)