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

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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

A reminder that we pay for our wars in money and blood

A military cemetery on Memorial Day

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

Fix “the button” so that a president can’t wreck the world

Donald Trump's nuclear threat

Summary: The President of America is the most powerful man in the world, with no restraint on his (or her) ability to nuke cities or even start a nuclear war. We have come close to doing so in the past, and might not be so lucky in the future. Limiting this discretionary power is an obvious … Continue reading Fix “the button” so that a president can’t wreck the world