Summary: Trump has began his term by boosting the war in Afghanistan, just as Obama did. Accompanied by the usual happy talk. But this time we have 16 years of experience and good data. We will not be fooled again -- if we pay attention. We can end our mad wars. From 1979 to 1989, … Continue reading Dark secrets about our war in Afghanistan
Summary: On the 16th anniversary of the Afghanistan War, let's ask why our investment of much blood and money in the WOT has accomplished so little. Despite our weak foes. To see why, look at advice given our troops in 2006. It was bad advice. Obviously so at the time. But our hubris made it … Continue reading On the 16th anniversary of Afghanistan, see why we lost
Summary: Stratfor reports on Trump's new strategy for the Afghanistan War, showing its low odds of success. It's a follow-up to my post Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail. How many US troops will die or be crippled trying to make this doomed plan work? "The United States Sets Its Sights Beyond Afghanistan" Stratfor, 22 August … Continue reading Stratfor pans Trump’s new Afghanistan War plan
Summary: Trump has announced his new strategy for Afghanistan. It got bipartisan applause, except from those who want even larger escalation. Here are the reasons why it will fail. How pitiful that we have learned so little after 16 years of war. This failure to learn is among the worst of our weaknesses, able to offset the … Continue reading Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail
Summary: Stratfor has been one of the few geopolitical research shops that has accurately seen the futility of our war in Afghanistan. So their reports, like this one, deserve attention but are ignored. But not even Stratfor can bring themselves to call for an end to our mad war. Instead they mention without irony that … Continue reading Stratfor sees Afghanistan war fatigue in America. Only our rulers remain eager.