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)

Stratfor looks at signs the end times have begun for France’s Fifth Republic

Summary: All the western nations are experiencing similar stress from slow growth, cultural change, immigration -- and political structures that no longer well fit their societies. We can learn much from how others cope. Now its France's turn. The results from Sunday's elections seem unlikely to improve or resolve their problems. "Has France's Fifth Republic … Continue reading Stratfor looks at signs the end times have begun for France’s Fifth Republic