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We are withdrawing from Afghanistan, too (eventually)

As our Long War continues with no end in sight, it is easy to lose perspective on the course of the war.  This brief survey illustrates one aspect of the Afghanistan Campaign.  Like Iraq, it began with fantastic success — then has slowly deteriorated as our 4GW foes evolve and their “home court” advantage works …

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Why are we fighting in Afghanistan?

Summary: a debate about our role in the Afghanistan War, and more generally about the limits of America’s power and military power. As our share of global income declines, this is increasingly the same thing. “Don’t ‘pull an Iraq’ in Afghanistan“, Benjamin H. Friedman, Christian Science Monitor (3 April 2008) — “Massive state-building efforts are …

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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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