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How long will all American Presidents be War Presidents?

The Presidential campaign rolls on in the seventh year since 9/11, with the only debate about the Long War being in which nations America should fight. We see this even the speeches of the most “liberal” candidate, Senator Barack Obama. I recommend reading “The World Beyond Iraq”, his speech about national security given at Fayetteville, …

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One telling similarity between the Wehrmacht and the US Military

“Center of Gravity versus Lines of Effort in COIN“, Herschel Smith, at the Captain’s Journal (3 March 2008) — An article well worth reading.  Thoroughly researched, Smith provides several powerful insights and provides an excellent operational and tactical perspective. From a larger perspective this article shows how the 21st century US military is locked into a historically common trap.  No matter how …

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Another perspective on Afghanistan, a reply to George Friedman

The following note by Joshua Foust was lifted from the comments section of yesterday’s note about an article by George Friedman of Stratfor, due to its length and value.  Foust is an expert in Central Asian affairs, frequently posting at Registan.net (“Central Asia News – All Central Asia, All The Time“). Regarding Stratfor, as a long-time subscriber …

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Quote of the day: this is America’s geopolitical strategy in action

This 2300 word essay by George Friedman of Stratfor shows the essence of America’s geopolitical engine, the heart of the War on Terror.  I strongly recommend reading it.  The end is especially worth pondering.  More than just reading it, I recommend mailing copies to your elected representatives along with letters of outrage. “Al Qaeda, Afghanistan and …

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Scorecard #2: How well are we doing in Iraq? Afghanistan?

Iraq Have the Iraq “insurgents” gained, for now at least, a superior position? Based on public sources, apparently the Coalition still does not know the nature of the opposition: leaders, goals, ideology, numbers, etc. Insurgent attacks demonstrate the operational resources to strike at will in central Iraq, and on occasion anywhere in Iraq. The increasing …

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