michael yon

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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