Michael Yon suggests that we leave Afghanistan, stat

Summary:  Today we have two articles by Michael Yon from his online magazine, reposted here with his generous permission.  He says its time to leave Afghanistan.  I agree. Once free from outside interference, their civil war that began in 1978 might eventually burn itself out. And we can turn our attention to vital unmet national … Continue reading Michael Yon suggests that we leave Afghanistan, stat

If we won in Iraq, what did we win? Was it worth the cost?

Summary:  Correctly understanding what happened in Iraq, and its consequences, is of extreme importance.  False conclusions will lead to more foreign wars.  Not only can we not afford them (we're borrowing the cost of the Iraq and Afghan wars), but future wars might not end so well for us. . Michael Yon is a former … Continue reading If we won in Iraq, what did we win? Was it worth the cost?

A lesson learned from the fighting in Basra: the war-bloggers were correct; the experts wrong

Summary:  It has been five months since the fighting in Basra, which I described as a test of the accuracy of US-based experts vs. on-the-scene war bloggers.  Who did a better job of reporting and analysis?  My preliminary scoring suggested a clear win for the war-bloggers (see here and here).  Here we give a final … Continue reading A lesson learned from the fighting in Basra: the war-bloggers were correct; the experts wrong

Mosul is just like Chicago!

The Instapundit keeps America informed about events in Iraq: "CHICAGO SOUNDS LIKE MOSUL:" That's an email from . . . Michael Yon, who knows his Mosul. Here's the story on last weekend's violence {in Chicago}. Still, they're different: One has crooked officials, violent gangs with their hooks into government and law enforcement, and a culture … Continue reading Mosul is just like Chicago!