Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail

Summary: Trump has announced his new strategy for Afghanistan. It got bipartisan applause, except from those who want even larger escalation. Here are the reasons why it will fail. How pitiful that we have learned so little after 16 years of war. This failure to learn is among the worst of our weaknesses, able to offset the … Continue reading Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail

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Martin van Creveld advises Trump to not repeat Obama’s errors & invade Syria

Summary: Martin van Creveld warns Trump against taking his generals' advice and invading Syria, repeating Obama's mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan. History show that his odds of success are low. “Are You Listening, President Trump?” By Martin van Creveld. From his website, 16 March 2017. Re-posted with his generous permission.   Fifty-six years ago, President Kennedy … Continue reading Martin van Creveld advises Trump to not repeat Obama’s errors & invade Syria

Stratfor remembers Ireland’s Easter Rebellion, 100 year ago

Summary:  A century ago the Irish Rising shook the British Empire, already weakened in the midst of WWI. Here Stratfor looks at this pivotal event, with echoes still heard today.  (2nd of 2 posts today.) Remembering the Irish Easter Rising a Century On Stratfor, 24 April 2016 A century ago in Dublin, the spark of … Continue reading Stratfor remembers Ireland’s Easter Rebellion, 100 year ago

We don’t need a new army to fight modern wars, we need a smart one

Summary;  Our long war goes badly, as the flames of Islamic revolution spread following our failures in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya. Some ask if the US military can cope with the challenges of fourth generation war. Here Gary Anderson (Colonel, USMC, retired) gives an answer.   We Don’t Need a New Army to Deal … Continue reading We don’t need a new army to fight modern wars, we need a smart one