One step beyond Lind: What is America’s geopolitical strategy?

Part X of a series about America’s new Long War First, we would have to adopt a realistic strategic goal, one that might be attainable. The present strategic goal of turning Afghanistan into a modern, secular, capitalist state with “equal rights for women” and similar claptrap lies in the in realm of fantasy. — William …

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Kilcullen explains all you need to know about the Iraq War

Occasionally an expert writes something that perfectly captures the spirit of an endeavor, on multiple levels. The Iraq War has as yet no master chronicler, as TE Lawrence captured the WWI Arab Revolt or David Halberstam the Vietnam War. Until then the best we have is this new presentation by David Kilcullen (Ph.D., LTC Australian …

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The bad news is that Lind’s good news is wrong

Part VI of a series about America’s new Long War But if my assumption is valid and al-Qaeda’s leadership wants to change course (in Anbar) but cannot, we may have found a seam in 4GW entities we can exploit. It will not exist in all 4GW organizations; gangs, for example, often have tight top-down discipline. …

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