The logic of our wars, explained

We've received many comments in response to the recent articles about the the Af-Pak War and the history of counterinsurgency warfare (thanks to all who wrote!).  Most question the logic of our wars.  Here's the answer. The attack should not have happened, of course.  The rice farmer had been perfectly right; the Federation could not afford to … Continue reading The logic of our wars, explained

Statfor discusses “The 30-Year War in Afghanistan”

Summary:  Here is an interesting analysis by Stratfor of our expedition to Afghanistan.  Note how -- deep in this report -- Friedman mildly mentions that crushing al Qaeda is not our goal in Afghanistan.  Now that we're enmeshed in a failing war, the war's advocates can quietly slide away from the Big Lie.  Other posts about the war … Continue reading Statfor discusses “The 30-Year War in Afghanistan”

Today’s news about the Ak-Pak War, about al Qaeda’s strength

Summary:  Our descendents will read about the Af-Pak War and conclude that early 21st century Americans were either fools or insane.  As seen in these two stories from today's news. (1)  Michael E. Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said that the government estimates that there are somewhat “more than 300” al Qaeda leaders and fighters hiding in Pakistan’s … Continue reading Today’s news about the Ak-Pak War, about al Qaeda’s strength

COIN as future generations will see it (and as we should see it today)

Summary:  COIN will be seen by future generations as a manifestation of early 21st century American hubris. How will future generations see our nation-building in foreign lands at gunpoint (aka COIN)?  Perhaps they'll marvel at our self-esteem.  Here are two examples. (1)  One of the most arrogant statements in the entire military literature Article #1:  Know … Continue reading COIN as future generations will see it (and as we should see it today)

FM newswire for June 30, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. Today's are exceptionally fine!  If you find this useful, please pass it to friends or colleagues. Another lie about the Gulf oil spill, circulated by conservatives to slam Obama:  "Oil Spill, Foreign Help and the Jones Act", FactCheck, 23 June 2010 Today's propaganda:  "US military: 'Women are very … Continue reading FM newswire for June 30, interesting articles about geopolitics