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 proliferation policy

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

Comforting words from Martin van Creveld about nuclear war

Nuclear Kraken

Summary: Martin van Creveld discusses one of my big fears -- nuclear war. He paints a comforting picture. Let's hope his logic proves correct, and that the forces of irrationality do not take the stage. As they have so often in history.   "My Meeting with Mr. X." By Martin van Creveld. From his website, … Continue reading Comforting words from Martin van Creveld about nuclear war

Our generals reveal why we lost in Afghanistan, and will continue to lose

Summary: Afghanistan was invisible during the campaign, but has surfaced again in the news. This time, so rare in modern America, we hear some truth about the war from our generals. They reveal why we have lost so much for so little gain, and why we continue paying in blood and money to get nothing. … Continue reading Our generals reveal why we lost in Afghanistan, and will continue to lose

Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

From the film Act of Valor.

Summary: Special Operations Forces are the heroes in the second phase, the 16th year, of the War on Terror. But years of failure have raised doubts that their bravery and skill have been well applied to these wars, or if they are even relevant. “Counterinsurgency is Not a Substitute for Strategy” --- "Insurgencies and Countering … Continue reading Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war