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)

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Teaching Marine junior officers to obey, not think (Attritionist Letter #3)

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Summary: "The Attritionist Letters" are Marine officers' protest about their general's policies that resulted in our failures in phase one of the WOT, now be be repeated in phase two by Trump's all-general national security team (since they refuse to admit these failures). This, the third letter, cuts to the heart of the problem. See the … Continue reading Teaching Marine junior officers to obey, not think (Attritionist Letter #3)

An arms race in hypersonic missiles: burning billions to accomplish nothing

Summary: Along with a new Cold War we get a new arms race. Hypersonic weapons are one of the expensive new military toys the major nations will spend tens of billions to build, after which neither they nor the world will be safer. It is a cycle of madness. Americans, of the exceptional nation, see … Continue reading An arms race in hypersonic missiles: burning billions to accomplish nothing