Summary: As ISIS (grandly calling itself the "Islamic State") expands, the Right blames Obama and calls for more direct military involvement by America. Their arguments rely on our amnesia about the past and delusions about the nature of modern war. Learning from experience is a vital skill for a nation hoping to navigate the rapids … Continue reading The Right urges us to blame Obama & directly fight ISIS. Will we repeat our mistakes?
Summary: The year is only 7 weeks old and we've already taken several steps accelerating phase two of our mad Post-9/11 Wars. Our primary method is FAILure to Learn, repeating the tactics that didn't work during the past 14 years. This will not end well for us. (2nd of 2 posts today} US forces have … Continue reading Our escalation shows the key US military strategy: FAILure to learn.
Summary: As we gear up for new wars in Syria and Africa, and rejoining old wars in Iraq, let's a pause to think. Success will depend on learning from our failures since 9-11. Our greatest failures have been our initial failures: seeing the situation incorrectly and beginning before we have accurate information about our foe. … Continue reading Before we start a new war with ISIS, let’s remember how we stumbled into the last two
Summary: Why are oil prices so high? After inflation they're above 1980 record highs. Peak oil enthusiasts have explanations (usually wrong, like their forecasts). There are many factors at work, including one simple but hidden reason: American foreign policy. The USA has played a large role in the suppression of oil production in three major … Continue reading The nation responsible for the record high oil prices we pay is …
Summary: After 13 years of wars that failed at great cost in money and blood, our hawks urge that we start yet another war -- in Syria. But we have learned. Some have found the courage to name our warmongers. This experience has been dearly bought, and might yet prove insufficient. Further lessons might prove … Continue reading After 13 years of failed wars, do we know our warmongers?