About the mysteries of the 9-11 attack

Summary:  Much about 9-11 remains unclear, especially since (as usual) the 9-11 commission was botched.  Much relevant material hidden from the Commission (about which they have protested loudly, although we remain deaf).  Many important questions remain unasked.  Key parts of the story probably false.  Unfortunately we have no answers, but understnding the unknowns is progress.  Considering how … Continue reading About the mysteries of the 9-11 attack

About the strategic significance of bin Laden’s execution, and the road not taken

Summary:  The capture and execution of bin Laden was a powerful act of grand strategy.  Did it advance or damage our national interests?  There was an alternative to his execution, another of the roads not taken by America since 9-11.  Bin Laden borrowed from the ending of Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor. We could have borrowed the ending … Continue reading About the strategic significance of bin Laden’s execution, and the road not taken

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

New Books, with insights about our changing world

Here reviews of two books, each revealing much about the national defense machinery of western nations.  I recommend reading both in full. "Other People’s Mail", Bernard Porter, London Review of Books, 19 November 2009 -- Review of The Defence of the Realm: The Authorised History of MI5 by Christopher Andrew "The Lies They Told", Jacob Heilbrunn, … Continue reading New Books, with insights about our changing world

You can end our war in Afghanistan

We have reached an important moment in the Afghanistan War, a point where citizen involvement can make a difference.  If we speak out.  And success here might show our strength, and lead to greater victories hereafter. Hawks usually give two justifications for the war: to prevent another 9-11, and to build a stable and "good" Afghanistan … Continue reading You can end our war in Afghanistan