As we begin another cycle of wars, we owe it to ourselves & our soldiers to ask the big question: why do we keep losing? Here is an answer.
Summary: Trump has began his term by boosting the war in Afghanistan, just as Obama did. Accompanied by the usual happy talk. But this time we have 16 years of experience and good data. We will not be fooled again -- if we pay attention. We can end our mad wars. From 1979 to 1989, … Continue reading Dark secrets about our war in Afghanistan
Summary: Major Sjursen goes to the heart of our Long War, showing how our military remains haunted by the ghosts of Vietnam -- and how today's failures result from the tragically wrong lessons they learned from it. "The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command) And It’s Not the War on Terror" … Continue reading How the ghosts of Vietnam haunt the War on Terror
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
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