Ahmed Rashid explains why ISIS attacked Paris & where they learned to do so

Summary: Amidst the mad cries for reprisals to the Paris attacks, cries for a wider war and more bloodshed, a few voices speak rationally about the causes of the attacks, our foe's reasoning, and likely ways to end (rather than expand) the war. This essay by Ahmed Rashid is one of the best I've seen. … Continue reading Ahmed Rashid explains why ISIS attacked Paris & where they learned to do so

What the US doesn’t understand about ISIS, & must learn soon

Summary: As we slide deeper into the Long War with Islam, blindly, urged on by ignorant voices, we do so against the advice of experts like Ahmed Rashid. Here he tells us about ISIS, their origins and their goals. He explains what were doing wrong, and recommends a better course. (First of 2 posts today) … Continue reading What the US doesn’t understand about ISIS, & must learn soon

Petraeus’s Baby

Summary:  Even the war's supporters paint a gloomy picture of the current situation.  Post by Don Vandergriff.  Obama’s presidency is now being defined by four intractable problems: Persistent High Unemployment due to the intractable Great Recession a Financial Giveaway that protected rich Wall Street bankers at the expense of the masses who are suffering economically … Continue reading Petraeus’s Baby

Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”

Today's post examines advice to us from historian Steven Pressfield: "The real enemy in Afghanistan isn't Islamism or jihadism. It's tribalism. ... Can we Westerners impose 'citizen values' on a tribal society?"  (from his website) Some people say our real enemy in Afghanistan is their religion.  Pressfield says our enemy is their form of society.  Both sides agree that they cannot … Continue reading Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”