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Hidden history of our first step into the Afghanistan War. It’s still important for us to understand.

Summary:  Here we examine one of our key steps into the Afghanistan War, in 1979.  It’s bitterly ironic, showing that we played the USSR into Afghanistan just as bin Laden suckered us in the WOT.  Beyond that it’s an example of one of the themes on the FM website: our hidden history. To move forward …

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About the legacy of SecDef Gates (and his rumored departure)

Summary:   This post by GI Wilson (Colonel, USMC, retired) discusses the legacy of SecDef Gates.  Following that is Gates’ enigmatic statement about resigning, and the official denial. Gates’ departure will be noticed. Gates clearly discerns the insidious effects of the paradox of power. The paradox of power undermines and corrupts the cognitive processes of so many in DC …

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About the US Army – an army near the breaking point

Here are some recent articles about the US army, under great stress from our current wars. “Task Force Takes Up Effort to Prevent Suicides“, American Forces Press Service, 1 October 2009 “Army Releases September Suicide Data“, DoD, 8 October 2009 “Pentagon, VA Team Up to Improve Mental Health Care“, American Forces Press Service, 26 October …

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Fred again provides a new and valuable perspective on current events

I recommend reading “Killing America’s Kids“, Fred Reed, posted at Fred on Everything, 6 September 2009 — Excerpt: Why then is [SecDef Gates] so angry at having the war photographed? Easy: Spin control. Spin is so very important in war these days. While America is only barely a democracy, still, if the public, the great …

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Another step in America’s Defense Meltdown – a guest post by Winslow T. Wheeler

It’s impossible to understand America’s wars unless one sees its political foundation in Washington — our Versailles on the Potomac.  Few can give us that as well as Winslow T. Wheeler, Director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Center for Defense Information.  He has graciously provided this guest essay.  I recommend also reading …

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