The Oath Keepers want to give America its own Freikorps!

Summary: The Right wing of America is active on all fronts: shutting down abortion, disenfranchising voters, and holding America's credit rating hostage. Now we add to that list something small, but disturbing and with the potential to grow explosively: the Oath Keepers, one of the many militia-like groups, are "going operational". This is a follow-up … Continue reading The Oath Keepers want to give America its own Freikorps!

Why are we surprised that we supported militia in Iraq, and they used torture?

Summary:  The recent story about militia in Iraq is rich in lessons for us. Not about the futile lost war. But about us and our ability to see and understand the world. A hot story from The Guardian, 6 March 2013 -- based on an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic: After the Pentagon … Continue reading Why are we surprised that we supported militia in Iraq, and they used torture?

The key to building an effective military that we can afford: bring back the militia!

Summary:  Slowly realization spreads that we cannot afford our current military forces.  This forces us to consider new forms of organization.  In this, as in so many things, the Founders give us sound advice.  Militia can provide a key component of our military. "Going Back to the Future - Militia Model Could Cut U.S. Expenditures", Ron Fogleman, … Continue reading The key to building an effective military that we can afford: bring back the militia!

The Trinity of modern war at work in Afghanistan (more evidence that amnesia is a required to be an American geopol expert)

Surprise!  We're recruiting milita to help in Afghanistan.  It's a new tactic, just as it was in Iraq and Vietnam.  It's a direct violation of the COIN manual (FM 3-24), with its tiresome emphasis on building the legitimacy of the local puppet government.  But then that was just a facade anyway, a trick to build support … Continue reading The Trinity of modern war at work in Afghanistan (more evidence that amnesia is a required to be an American geopol expert)

Lawrence Korb of CAP and CDI advocates a militia

Summary:  When an idea's time has come, it rises up from many sources.  Who can best act as fast responders to local disasters, whether natural or deliberate?  Lawrence Korb proposes creatino of a "home guard", much like what I propose in "Militia - the ultimate defense against 4GW" (originally written in September 2005).  Lawrence Korb is a senior fellow … Continue reading Lawrence Korb of CAP and CDI advocates a militia