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
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.
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”