One great oddity of our wars is their architects lack of knowledge. Not about war, or COIN. But in the specifics of the conflict -- the people and area, their history and beliefs. Joshua Foust (writing at Registan) has often remarked about this, as have some posts on this website. This gives a fantasy or game-like aspect … Continue reading Juan Cole describes A Century of Frenzy over the North-West Frontier
This post examines one of the mechanisms maintaining support for the war. Someone has a vision of a horrible possible future. He believes this so important that we must devote vast resources to prevention, with... no thought of its probability of occurrence, no effort to calculate the costs in money and blood of his recommendations, no effort to evaluate … Continue reading We must stay in Afghanistan to prevent atomic war!