Summary: The hit on Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was another short term tactical win in our long war, achieved (like so many others) at a high cost to our long-term strategic position. It's why we've fought the long war since 9/11 with most bad results. Here Stratfor looks at the details of this successful … Continue reading Stratfor: A Small Blow to the Taliban, a Big Blow to US-Pakistani Trust
Summary: The drive for war comes from hawks' terrifying forecasts of what a nuke-armed Iran will do. Similar warnings were made in the past about today's nuclear powers. What does history tell us? Eight in a series; at the end are links to the other chapters. "The US is almost certain to be the first superpower … Continue reading What happens when a nation gets nukes? Sixty years of history suggests an answer.
Summary: Awareness of self is as necessary for war as for other aspects of life. It helps us see what we do, and better understand how others' see us. It's the foundation for a functioning observation-orientation-decision-action (OODA) loop. Our's is broken, so we use our great power ineffectively. Here we look at our use of massive … Continue reading The trinity of US tactics – a constant in our small wars but invisible to us. First, use massive firepower.
Summary: As standard fare the FM website provides analysis of current events. Seeking hidden truths (often in vain) and using these incidents to illustrate larger dynamics at work in America. The Raymond Davis affair is rich in lesson for us. Here we see one obvious explanation what's happening, but ignored by our geopolitical experts and news media. This is the 4th … Continue reading An explanation of the US and Pakistan governments’ odd behavior in the Raymond Davis affair
Summary: The fog spewed by America's geopolitical experts (mostly faithful lapdogs for the US government, abetted by the lackeys of the news media), has obscured the core dispute between the US and Pakistani governments. Was Davis an embassy employee? That's the question. If he was just a consular employee he had a minimal level of immunity. It's … Continue reading The core of the dispute with Pakistan about Raymond Davis (let’s understand it before it sparks fires with Pakistan)
Summary: There is interesting news about the Davis affair. Little of it appears in the US newspapers; our leaders prefer that we remain ignorant. How sad that the people of Pakistan know more about this story than Americans relying on our news media (see comment #1 for evidence). Updates will go in the comments; the first … Continue reading How to lose an ally: updates on the Raymond Davis affair
Summary: Here we have another case study in disinformation. The story of Raymond Davis (US covert operative in Pakistan) illustrates how our mainstream media and experts collude to help the government shape our view of the world. It's important that the sheep of America receive distorted news, as the truth might upset us. Fortunately few Americans read … Continue reading The Raymond Davis incident shows that we’re often ignorant because we rely on the US news media. There is a solution.