Summary: So many posts here describe how we are losing. Since we've forgotten, I'm reposting explanations of why and how we are losing -- and how we can win in the age when 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. Step one: adopt a rational grand strategy. The original version was posted in … Continue reading Let’s try a defensive strategy in America’s wars, and win.
Summary: The West's post-9/11 wars in the Middle East have run down, but our involvement in Syria's civil war and the attacks by radical Islamists in American -- and the far larger Paris attacks -- have begun a new phase in this clash of civilizations. Before we attack, repeating the mistakes of the past 15 … Continue reading Will we repeat our mistakes in the Middle East & lose, or play defense & win?
Summary: We cannot escape history. It offers lessons to guide us. It's deployed as propaganda to mislead us. Successful strategy requires distinguishing between the two. Our long war, so far a series of defeats, provides examples of both. We can do better in the future if only we'd pay attention. "As we shall show, defense … Continue reading The Cult of the offense returns: why we’re losing the long war, & how to win
On rare occasions we are blessed with essays both brilliant and timely, words that meet our immediate needs. Here we have one such by a veteran and military expert. Here is a brief excerpt from the current issue of Armed Forces Journal -- given only to illustrate as an sample of the author's thinking, to encourage you to read … Continue reading Important reading for every American who wishes to understand our foreign wars
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