William Lind looks at our generals, sees “rank incompetence”.

Summary: Concluding this series about our senior military leaders we have a typically brilliant and brutal analysis by William Lind. This would have been shocking news in 2000; a decade of failed wars show it to be the simple truth. We can do better, but the Pentagon will not reform without pressure from us.  Rightly … Continue reading William Lind looks at our generals, sees “rank incompetence”.

Return of the COIN-istas (the zombies of military theory)

Summary: John Quiggin writes about zombie economics, theories false but too politically useful to die. COIN is an example of zombie military theory. In the 60 years since Mao brought 4GW to maturity, foreign armies of every type have employed it against local insurgents, with an almost uniform record of failure. America's COIN-istas -- brilliant, … Continue reading Return of the COIN-istas (the zombies of military theory)

“War With Iran Might Be Closer Than You Think”

Philip Giraldi warns of an immanent strike by the US at Iran, in a post on 9 May 2008 at The American Conservative blog. For your convenience, it is printed in full below -- along with his somewhat similar warning dated 1 August 2005, from The American Conservative magazine. Such warnings have circulated for several … Continue reading “War With Iran Might Be Closer Than You Think”