How I learned to stop worrying and love Fourth Generation War. We can win at this game.

Summary: Looking through the archives of any website discussing modern war quickly reveals how little we have learned since 9-11, despite our futile but large expenditures of money and blood. The resistance to war with Syria (outcome still unknown) suggests that the time might have come to dust off these lessons. Perhaps America has grown … Continue reading How I learned to stop worrying and love Fourth Generation War. We can win at this game.

Is Clausewitz Still Relevant?

Summary:  We are several generations of warfare from that of Clausewitz.  His first-generation warfare differs immeasurably from ours, in which atomic weapons limit State-to-State conflict and 4th generation warfare has become the dominate form of conflict.  But many of the essentials of war are timeless, so its worthwhile to mine the classics for lessons to … Continue reading Is Clausewitz Still Relevant?

The U.S. Military’s German Fetish

"American Blitzkrieg - Loving the German War Machine to Death" By William J. Astore, TomDispatch, 18 February 2010 -- Reposted with permission. Introduction by Tom Engelhardt Remember the 100 hours of combat that made up the first Gulf War, the mere weeks it took for Kabul to fall in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, or … Continue reading The U.S. Military’s German Fetish

Is the War on Terror over (because there are no longer two sides)?

Summary:  There are reports that the US has supported terrorist groups seeking to overthrow Iran's government.  This is the first post in a series; at the end are links to the other chapters. Contents Background A description of the situation and what we know Evidence of covert support for terrorists:  leaks and speculation What might … Continue reading Is the War on Terror over (because there are no longer two sides)?