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

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

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