Some articles about themes discussed on the FM website. Demographics, shaping our world India Japan American's greatest enemy America's rotten boroughs -- States with 2 Senators, but few people (1) About Demographics Excerpt from "Falling fertility", The Economist, 29 October 2009 -- "Astonishing falls in the fertility rate are bringing with them big benefits" SOMETIME in … Continue reading Updates about hot issues discussed on the FM website
Today's post examines advice to us from historian Steven Pressfield: "The real enemy in Afghanistan isn't Islamism or jihadism. It's tribalism. ... Can we Westerners impose 'citizen values' on a tribal society?" (from his website) Some people say our real enemy in Afghanistan is their religion. Pressfield says our enemy is their form of society. Both sides agree that they cannot … Continue reading Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”
The plan for victory in Afghanistan is simple and sure: stabilizing the country by garrisoning the main routes, major cities, airbases and logistics sites; relieving the Afghan government forces of garrison duties and pushing them into the countryside to battle the resistance; providing logistic, air, artillery and intelligence support to the Afghan forces; providing minimum … Continue reading The simple, fool-proof plan for victory in Afghanistan
It's nice to see the New York Times quote a real expert when discussing modern warfare, instead of the posers they usually interview. It's well-deserved attention to DNI. From the "Morning Skim: Torture Foiled Nothing", Eric Etheridge, posted at The Opinionator (a blog of the New York Times), 23 April 2009 -- Excerpt: Defense and the … Continue reading The Defense and that National Interest website gets some ink
This question was raised during a few rounds of cyber tennis between two experts on 4th generation warfare, Chet Richards and John Robb -- posting at their websites Defense and the National Interest and Global Guerrillas. This being an open game in which any number can play, this post discusses one aspect of their debate. … Continue reading Are Americans easily panicked cowards? I think not, but many experts disagree.
Introduction: Chet Richards (Colonel, USAF, retired) originally posted at Defense and the National Interest. Everything he writes is worth reading; this is one of his best. Beats hell out of me. First, it’s not clear that there really is a Somalia — the CIA World Factbook identifies the Republic of Somaliland and a self-declared autonomous … Continue reading What should we do about Somalia?
Thomas Barnett is one of our foremost geopolitical visionaries, so his presentations are always worth attention. His latest is insightful and elegantly expressed, as always. However, I have a few suggestions -- minor changes to make it better suit the current situation and needs of America. (I have a draft post in the pipeline describing the implication of the revised … Continue reading What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy