Women in combat are the real Revolution in Military Affairs

Summary: Women fight in many of today’s wars. It's perhaps the biggest change since the invention of nukes. We have seen women as fighters in the Eritrean Wars, as suicide bombers in the Middle East, as soldiers in western armies, and as soldiers in the Kurdish army. With few historical precedents, except in myths, large … Continue reading Women in combat are the real Revolution in Military Affairs

“Iraq Endgame” by George Friedman

It's a good analysis, but as usual for Stratfor -- as with most analysis by US geopolitical experts -- it shows astonishing blindness to our interests in Iraq.  Reading it, one would think we are philanthropists.  Sort of a hybrid with the best qualities of the Red Cross and the Wehrmacht.  Most notably, no mention … Continue reading “Iraq Endgame” by George Friedman

If we won in Iraq, what did we win? Was it worth the cost?

Summary:  Correctly understanding what happened in Iraq, and its consequences, is of extreme importance.  False conclusions will lead to more foreign wars.  Not only can we not afford them (we're borrowing the cost of the Iraq and Afghan wars), but future wars might not end so well for us. . Michael Yon is a former … Continue reading If we won in Iraq, what did we win? Was it worth the cost?

Two stories about Basra and Sadr City – you decide who is winning

Summary:  Here are two stories about Iraq.  One by Ralph Peters, which says we are winning.  One by Gary Brecher, which says we are losing.  Can anyone tell us which is correct? Ralph Peters writes "Success in Iraq: a Media Blackout", New York Post (20 May 2008) -- Excerpt: Do we still have troops in … Continue reading Two stories about Basra and Sadr City – you decide who is winning