How should we honor our vets on Memorial Day?

Summary: How should we honor the sacrifices made by our veterans, past and present.? After 150 years of frequent wars, as the last of our troops return from Afghanistan, as the military begins the long post-war downsizing, we need to up our game. Memorial Day is the day to begin.   Contents Who started Memorial … Continue reading How should we honor our vets on Memorial Day?

How can we better honor our vets on Memorial Day?

Summary: Some thoughts about Memorial Day about ways we can honor the sacrifices made by our veterans, past and present. After 150 years of frequent wars, perhaps we need to up our game as the total of dead increases. Origin of the Memorial Day holiday The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization … Continue reading How can we better honor our vets on Memorial Day?

COIN, another example of our difficulty learning from history or experience

Summary:  What is our military strategy in the 21st century?  More foreign counter-insurgencies?  More going abroad in search of monsters to destroy?  Followup to COIN – Now we see that it failed. But that was obvious before we started (when will we learn?). {There is an} arc of instability. ... The recipe there is for … Continue reading COIN, another example of our difficulty learning from history or experience

A non-violent crusade giving rights to the world’s women!

Summary:    Part three of a series women in the Af-Pak War.  Part one looked at our past efforts, trashing women’s rights in Iraq and Afghanistan — and the CIA’s recommendation about women as a  casus belli.  Part two examined the moral basis of a war to help women.  Part three examines the practical aspects of the proposed … Continue reading A non-violent crusade giving rights to the world’s women!