Update about the state of the Af-Pak war; my forecast was wrong

Source:  My forecast last August about the course of the Af-Pak War was wrong.  The reason why reveals much about our wars, about America, and the path to reform. In September and October of last year a public debate erupted over the purpose of the Af-Pak War, the first since Operation Enduring Freedom began in … Continue reading Update about the state of the Af-Pak war; my forecast was wrong

How will the Long War affect America? Will it make us stronger or weaker? Crazy? Unleash our dark side?

This is the first in a series discussing (speculating)  how our Long War will affect America.  On 9-11-2009 we will have been at war for 8 years.  With increasing intensity:   spending more money, more men and women fighting, expanding the size of our armies, expanding the area of combat.  How has that affected us? 2. Why … Continue reading How will the Long War affect America? Will it make us stronger or weaker? Crazy? Unleash our dark side?

Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”

Today's post examines advice to us from historian Steven Pressfield: "The real enemy in Afghanistan isn't Islamism or jihadism. It's tribalism. ... Can we Westerners impose 'citizen values' on a tribal society?"  (from his website) Some people say our real enemy in Afghanistan is their religion.  Pressfield says our enemy is their form of society.  Both sides agree that they cannot … Continue reading Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”

Team Obama, guardians of the American Empire (did you expect anything else?)

It is so easy to lose track of our wars, amidst the acronyms -- the details of who we fight, why we fight, how we fight.  We elected a new administration on a platform of "change".  The only change so far in our foreign policy is a new set of acronyms.  To explain what this … Continue reading Team Obama, guardians of the American Empire (did you expect anything else?)

Important reading for every American who wishes to understand our foreign wars

On rare occasions we are blessed with essays both brilliant and timely, words that meet our immediate needs.  Here we have one such by a veteran and military expert.  Here is a brief excerpt from the current issue of Armed Forces Journal -- given only to illustrate as an sample of the author's thinking, to encourage you to read … Continue reading Important reading for every American who wishes to understand our foreign wars