Our geopolitical experts, like Max Boot, lead America into the dark

Summary:  A nation's experts guide it into the darkness of the future, to success or failure. And the experts choose as guides reflect the nation's values and wisdom.  The grim events during the 11 years since 9-11 allow an accurate evaluation of America.  Read this, then make your own forecast of our future. "It is … Continue reading Our geopolitical experts, like Max Boot, lead America into the dark

Every day brings new pro-war propaganda for our amusement and despair

Summary:   One oddity of our time is the news.  Not the predominance of pro-war advocacy, or its increasingly desperate and specious nature, but how seldom anyone remarks upon these things.  Today Max Boot provides another example.  A ludicrous example. Here we examine "Impact of past defense cuts should warn of risks", op-ed in the Washington Post by … Continue reading Every day brings new pro-war propaganda for our amusement and despair

Max Boot: history suggests we will win in Afghanistan, with better than 50-50 odds. Here’s the real story.

Summary:  Advocates for the Af-Pak war often make dubious statements about the past, attempting to rekindle America's enthusiasm for a war in which we have no meaningful stake.  Today Max Boot provides another example. This is the first of series about the history of counterinsurgency.  The other chapters: (2)  A major discovery! It could change the … Continue reading Max Boot: history suggests we will win in Afghanistan, with better than 50-50 odds. Here’s the real story.

Best insight yet about America and the Georgia-Russia fighting

Excerpt from "Memo to Ross Douthat", Daniel Nexon, posted at Duck of Minerva, 13 August 2008. Douthat comments on Max Boot's call for the US to, if necessary, turn Georgia into the next Afghanistan (circa 1984): Now these arguments have a certain surface plausibility, but I would find them much more convincing if Boot were … Continue reading Best insight yet about America and the Georgia-Russia fighting

General Franks and Max Boot provide a valuable insight for all Americans

America relies on a small number of brave men -- men brave enough to speak from their hearts about the hubris ruling America's soul in the early 21st century.  Such men are scarce today.  Instead we have these... We need not apologize for these successes.  History will record that America's strategy for fighting terrorism was a good … Continue reading General Franks and Max Boot provide a valuable insight for all Americans