Tom Engelhardt: the key to winning wars in the 21st Century

Summary: The greatest US tragedy since 9/11 is our failure to learn from our failed wars, making it impossible to win future wars. We roll on from one disaster to another even larger disaster. Our wars are the seldom-mentioned elephant stalking our candidates on the campaign trail (other than GOP chants to bomb bomb, bomb). … Continue reading Tom Engelhardt: the key to winning wars in the 21st Century

We live in the now. That makes it difficult for us to learn.

Summary: Can we cope with the challenges of the 21st century? If not, why? These are among the questions most worth asking, although lost in the tide of factoids and daily trivia that fill the news. Here are some examples that suggest one of our core problems: we live in the now and so find … Continue reading We live in the now. That makes it difficult for us to learn.

Martin van Creveld: it’s the age of failed airpower. Yet we try, try, try again.

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld examines one of the great oddities of our time -- our persistent and absurdly unjustified faith in the power of airpower to defeat 4th generation foes. Future historians will marvel at our inability to learn from experience, of which this is just one example. When Will They Ever Learn? By … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: it’s the age of failed airpower. Yet we try, try, try again.

It’s not too late to learn from 9/11. But soon it will be.

Summary: On 9-11 al Qaeda changed America in ways we refuse to see. We've helped set the Middle East aflame and given up important rights, both processes still continuing. On this anniversary of that sad day let's try for a clearer understanding of what happened and what we did afterwards. The price will be high … Continue reading It’s not too late to learn from 9/11. But soon it will be.

Remember the Ebola hysteria. What did we learn from it?

Summary: Sierra Leone has discharged it last known Ebola patient, bringing this Ebola epidemic almost to its end. We should learn from this episode. Not just about the need for vigilance and well-funded defenses against plagues, but also what it reveals about America. About us. In April 2009 I wrote Are Americans easily panicked cowards? … Continue reading Remember the Ebola hysteria. What did we learn from it?