Should we base our geopolitical strategy on killing our enemies? Will this make us safer, or make more likely what we most wish to avoid?
Summary: One of Obama's legacies is the normalization of assassination, despite its 8 years of failure. As a parting gift to America he expanded the powers and scope of our assassins. Bet on Trump to expand the program, both in the number of killings and the scale of its failure. We're trying to set the … Continue reading Obama’s last gift to America: a global assassination program
Summary: The hit on Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was another short term tactical win in our long war, achieved (like so many others) at a high cost to our long-term strategic position. It's why we've fought the long war since 9/11 with most bad results. Here Stratfor looks at the details of this successful … Continue reading Stratfor: A Small Blow to the Taliban, a Big Blow to US-Pakistani Trust
Summary: Another week, another assassination of a top jihadist leader, the usual glowing stories in the news. Next comes amnesia, as the wonderful results fail to appear -- and the jihadist movement continues to spread across the world. Perhaps someday we will connect the dots and learn the ineffectiveness of this tactic (part of the … Continue reading Another assassination of a jihadist leader. Here’s what comes next…
Summary: Slowly America's geopolitical leaders see the futility of the assassination programs which are one of the three tools we rely on to win the Long War that began with 9/11 and President Bush's imperial surge which followed (bombing and local militia are the other two, also failures). In this article Stratfor describes the meger … Continue reading 14 years of assassinations: Stratfor describes the result