Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail

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

We can learn much from the stories about Hillary’s health

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

Can we defeat ISIS by “killing them all”? We’ve learned nothing since 9/11.

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.

To understand the War on Terror see Tom Cruise in “Edge of Tomorrow”

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”

Lessons from the hysteria about peak oil (2005-2013)

Summary: The peak oil hysteria provides rich lessons for us today about learning from activists and the value of listening to our major professional institutions. Easy cynicism led people to believe outlandish forecasts, wasting valuable time and resources. Worse, we have had many such barrages by doomsters -- aided by their clickbait-seeking enablers in the … Continue reading Lessons from the hysteria about peak oil (2005-2013)