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What is this “justice” that war-loving Americans speak of?

Much of America’s self-image as a “city on a hill” comes from our love of justice.  We see this clearly in the righteousness we bring to foreign affairs.  “The Audacity of Rope — Crush all the Pirates — Now“, Ralph Peters, New York Post, 14 April 2009 — Excerpt: Attack their harbors with land, sea and …

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How will the Long War affect America? Will it make us stronger or weaker? Crazy? Unleash our dark side?

This is the first in a series discussing (speculating)  how our Long War will affect America.  On 9-11-2009 we will have been at war for 8 years.  With increasing intensity:   spending more money, more men and women fighting, expanding the size of our armies, expanding the area of combat.  How has that affected us? 2. Why …

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One telling similarity between the Wehrmacht and the US Military

“Center of Gravity versus Lines of Effort in COIN“, Herschel Smith, at the Captain’s Journal (3 March 2008) — An article well worth reading.  Thoroughly researched, Smith provides several powerful insights and provides an excellent operational and tactical perspective. From a larger perspective this article shows how the 21st century US military is locked into a historically common trap.  No matter how …

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