America’s military hits a defining moment: how they react to defeat

Summary: Slowly voices inside the US military speak out about its inability to respond to its manifest failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the large price paid in blood and money for the lessons given. The military has proven unable to take the first step of admitting that they lost. Here Gregory A. Thiele (LtCol , … Continue reading America’s military hits a defining moment: how they react to defeat

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Our metastable Empire, built on a foundation of clay

More thoughts on the "dreamland" described by Wolfgang Schivelbusch in The Culture of Defeat.   In the concluding chapter he says... The West's victory in the Cold War was, however, the first to be achieved explicitly by the economy in its own name.  Perhaps it is for this reason that the economy received a new nom de … Continue reading Our metastable Empire, built on a foundation of clay

Another perspective on Cordesman’s “A briefing from the battlefield”

Anthony H. Cordesman has provided some of the most comprehensive and reliable information about the Iraq War, so his latest report deserves attention. "The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing from the Battlefield", Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies (13 February 2008) Two things I find fascinating about this report: The US-centric perspective.  … Continue reading Another perspective on Cordesman’s “A briefing from the battlefield”