Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence on the world

Afghanistan Women

Summary: Trump is committing America to the overthrow of a 4th secular regime in the Middle East, probably to be replaced (like the others) by a fundamentalist Islamic government (or chaos). Amidst the cheering for Trump, let's look at what we have done for the women in Afghanistan. Let's remember that before we wreck another country. People … Continue reading Afghanistan’s girls show the dark side of America’s influence on the world

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Stratfor: Peace talks and Afghanistan’s Inexhaustible Insurgency

Summary: Yet again we get rumors of serious peace talks in Afghanistan, as almost ten thousand US troops remain there (3 dead YTD). Here Stratfor assesses their odds of success, and evaluates the strength of the Taliban's insurgency. "This spring, {the Tailiban} will likely launch fresh attacks against the struggling Afghan National Security Forces in … Continue reading Stratfor: Peace talks and Afghanistan’s Inexhaustible Insurgency

Here’s the latest news from Afghanistan. It’s a fire fed by our dollars.

Summary: The presidential candidates posture and bicker while the war in Afghanistan burns in its 15th year, consuming billions of US dollars while our infrastructure rots. Our ignorance is a choice because the government and NGO's report the sad details. Here is an update. Nothing will change unless we make it an issue, and more … Continue reading Here’s the latest news from Afghanistan. It’s a fire fed by our dollars.

Let’s learn what happened in Afghanistan, so we can do better in phase 2 of our Long War

Summary: Today's must-read is a retrospective on NATO's expedition to Afghanistan, even more important today as we begin the second phase of our Long War. It opens with a shocker and gets even better. The reviewer has deep in experience in Afghanistan; the author has even deeper experience. The combination provides powerful insights while cutting … Continue reading Let’s learn what happened in Afghanistan, so we can do better in phase 2 of our Long War

Stark evidence from our past about our inability to learn today

Summary: Nothing shows our FAILure to learn more than how we've repeat so many of our mistakes of Vietnam in Afghanistan. No hegemon, no matter how powerful, can survive a rapidly changing world, filled with rivals and foes, if it doesn't profit from its experience. Today is FAILure to learn day, with 3 lessons from … Continue reading Stark evidence from our past about our inability to learn today

Rambo & James Bond taught us about Afghanistan’s mujahideen

Summary: Films from 1987-1888 about the Afghanistan mujahideen reveal much about our inability to clearly see the world and learn from it. We can do better. With childlike wonder each day I see with astonishment our willingness to believe what we're told. We suffer from our lack of curiosity, our minds closed to alternative sources of … Continue reading Rambo & James Bond taught us about Afghanistan’s mujahideen

Result of NATO’s expedition to Afghanistan: Worse than a Defeat

Summary: NATO's expedition to Afghanistan returns, having accomplished nothing but adding another chapter to the destruction of that sad region. Now begins the next phase: to induce amnesia, so that we learn as little from it as we did from Vietnam. James Meek reviews four books about the insurgency at home, people fighting the government's … Continue reading Result of NATO’s expedition to Afghanistan: Worse than a Defeat