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

The truth emerges about Afghanistan, an indictment of our war. Now comes the hard part: learning from failure.

Summary: Today's must read is a retrospective on our expedition to Afghanistan, now that the cloud of lies slowly dissipates. Since Vietnam we've masked our failures by myths, short-circuiting our ability to learn. A hegemonic power can substitute power for smarts. The coming multi-polar world will prove more challenging, so that weaknesses become terminal flaws. … Continue reading The truth emerges about Afghanistan, an indictment of our war. Now comes the hard part: learning from failure.

“Night Raids, Hidden Detention Centers, the ‘Black Jail’, and the Dogs of War in Afghanistan”

The recent news has not not been kind to those of us retaining illusions about America.  Executive orders to assassinate Americans.  Rumors of mysterious deaths in American-run prisons.  And, as described here, reports that our special operations forces have become more like assassins than elite soldiers.  This is similar to the practices of our premier corporations -- … Continue reading “Night Raids, Hidden Detention Centers, the ‘Black Jail’, and the Dogs of War in Afghanistan”