How to win the Long War

Clash of Civilizations

Summary: Yesterday's post explained why our Long War has produced so few gains at such a high cost in money and blood. It did not explain why our military — led by the best-educated officers in history — repeats the tactics that have failed in so many similar wars? This leads to a second question: after that problem is … Continue reading How to win the Long War

Chuck Spinney explains why both parties love the Syria poison gas story

USS Porter launches Tomahawks

Summary: Trump has received much applause for bombing Syria. Republicans, Democrats, journalists, and geopolitical gurus all cheered. Here insightful defense analyst Chuck Spinney asks inconvenient questions about the lack of evidence and illogic of the "Assad did it" story. This is a follow-up to Before believing the new Syria sarin attack story, ask if the 2013 story was … Continue reading Chuck Spinney explains why both parties love the Syria poison gas story

Chuck Spinney warns that we’re sleepwalking into a new arms race

Summary: One of the "an echo not a choice" aspects of the election was the war on Russia. Clinton's team was well-stocked with cheerleaders for restarting the cold war. Trump won, so we have an administration stocked with cheerleaders for restarting the cold war. McMaster as National Security Advisor completed the roster. Here Chuck Spinney describes … Continue reading Chuck Spinney warns that we’re sleepwalking into a new arms race

DoD is flush with cash, but running empty of ideas

Summary: While taxes remain low for the rich and our key social and physical infrastructure decays, a few parts of the government thrive. Today Chuck Spinney, one of our most acute observers of the US military, describes how the latest deal made by Congress continues the lavish funding of the US military-industrial complex. Something to … Continue reading DoD is flush with cash, but running empty of ideas