Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

From the film Act of Valor.

Summary: Special Operations Forces are the heroes in the second phase, the 16th year, of the War on Terror. But years of failure have raised doubts that their bravery and skill have been well applied to these wars, or if they are even relevant. “Counterinsurgency is Not a Substitute for Strategy” --- "Insurgencies and Countering … Continue reading Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

America’s Shadow Wars in Africa

Summary:  There's an institutional drive for growth, just like that in biological entities. Sometimes it become cancerous, inimical to the overall organism. So it is with our mad profitless empire -- which makes previous empires (eg, Spain, British) look like works of genius. Here Nick Turse looks at the latest expansion, taking US forces -- … Continue reading America’s Shadow Wars in Africa

Memory Failure at the Pentagon, one that has cost us dearly (and will cost more before the end)

Summary:  We are like children, believing that closing our eyes tightly disappears the expense, casualties, and blowback from our war in Afghanistan. All that remains is the exhalation of our killing, our pride in our drones and special ops warriors. Unfortunately this does not as well as we hope. Nick Turse describes a more effective … Continue reading Memory Failure at the Pentagon, one that has cost us dearly (and will cost more before the end)

How to Fund an American Police State (aka Weaponizing the Body Politic)

Summary:  America fades away before our eyes while we snooze.  What can we do to reawaken our fellow citizens?  Perhaps we can do no more than warn our fellow citizens, so that's what we do.  Today we have "Weaponizing the Body Politic" from TomDispatch, 4 March 2012, reposted with their generous permission, a grim follow-up to … Continue reading How to Fund an American Police State (aka Weaponizing the Body Politic)

The end nears for our expedition to Afghanistan. Time to reflect on what went wrong.

Summary:  After writing over 100 posts since September 2003 about our war in Afghanistan, I faced the grim task of writing about its ugly end.  Fortunately, here are two articles that do it better than I could.  They deserve your attention, as we walk away from a project for which we borrowed so much money … Continue reading The end nears for our expedition to Afghanistan. Time to reflect on what went wrong.