Summary: Major Sjursen goes to the heart of our Long War, showing how our military remains haunted by the ghosts of Vietnam -- and how today's failures result from the tragically wrong lessons they learned from it. "The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command) And It’s Not the War on Terror" … Continue reading How the ghosts of Vietnam haunt the War on Terror
Summary: Trump has announced his new strategy for Afghanistan. It got bipartisan applause, except from those who want even larger escalation. Here are the reasons why it will fail. How pitiful that we have learned so little after 16 years of war. This failure to learn is among the worst of our weaknesses, able to offset the … Continue reading Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail
Summary: The Campaign 2016 circus continues, each chapter weirder than the last. Trump's caravan is weirdness on wings, with his bizarre stream of misinformation and fantasy. Also interesting (if less scary) are the stories about Hillary's health. This is a follow-up to Important advice for us about the election from Obama’s doctor. Only by reviewing … Continue reading We can learn much from the stories about Hillary’s health
Summary: What have we learned from our ways since 9/11? How have we changed since 9/11? The enthusiasm of our presidential candidates, except Trump and Sanders, for more of the Long War suggests we've learned nothing. The broad support for torture (63% in a recent poll) suggests that we have become more like the monsters … Continue reading Can we defeat ISIS by “killing them all”? We’ve learned nothing since 9/11.
Summary: Every war brings forth a film that captures its special nature. For the American war in Vietnam that was Apocalypse Now, showing the violent purposeless madness that it became. For our post-9/11 interventions (weirdly named the "War on Terror") that film is Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow. It perfectly captures the repetitive nature … Continue reading To understand the War on Terror see Tom Cruise in “Edge of Tomorrow”