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: Nothing shows the decay of the Republic like our drone wars, almost mindless killing -- now including execution of Americans by Presidential decree. To see how accustomed we've become to these steps to a new regime, this post looks at a typical story in the New York Times plus an analysis of it by … Continue reading The real significance of our drone war, and why you’ll hear little about it in Campaign 2016
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: America led the invasion and occupation of Iraq, overthrowing a secular regime for what became a mostly Islamic theocratic state. It began in March 2003. Iraq is still burning. The news media seldom remind of the the chaos we created. The fighting Mosul is a vivid dot in the long war we irresponsibly ignited. … Continue reading Remember that the fires we lite in Iraq still burn. Look and learn.
Summary: So many posts here describe how we are losing. Since we've forgotten, I'm reposting explanations of why and how we are losing -- and how we can win in the age when 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. Step one: adopt a rational grand strategy. The original version was posted in … Continue reading Let’s try a defensive strategy in America’s wars, and win.