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Troops without proper equipment in 2004, troops without proper equipment in 2009 – where’s the outrage?

In our 8th year of war, a war without apparent purpose or an obvious endpoint, we repeat the same mistakes — again, and again.  After eight years of war (longer than WWII) perhaps our trillion-dollar military should have gotten better at this.  Esp since the numbers deployed in Afghanistan are so small compared to our invasion of Iraq.  …

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Can we answer SecDef Gates’ question about NATO and the Af-Pak War?

Robert Gates — Secretary of Defense in the New Obama Administration (also the SecDef in the old Bush Administration; change you should not have believed in) — has asked a question.  It’s an opportunity for participatory democracy!  Can we help him out by answering the question. Gates asked this question during an interview with Katie Couric …

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Stratfor: “The Strategic Debate Over Afghanistan”

This is one of the best reports I have seen from Stratfor in many years, high praise considering their quality of work.  The section in red nicely sums up our situation in Iraq.   The second half is confused, reflecting as it does the confusion of thought at our Versailles-on-the-Potomac and our delusions of hegemony. “The …

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One of America’s few wise men tells us about Mexico

Summary:  This is a brief report about Mexico, seen as a problem for the USA.  Analysis of the problem and our government’s idiotic response, plus a possible solution. Contents “La Rubia y La Droga – Notes From an Unknown Planet“, Fred Reed, Fred on Everything, 30 March 2009 U.S. military outreach to Mexico likely to …

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Does Secretary of Defense Gates have cojones grande?

We are fools, even sheep.  Reading the newspapers provides daily proof.  For today’s example we have the Defense Department, which has avoided meaningful reform for generations by means of a simple dance step, play another round for us.  It’s only 5 steps, well able to fool simple people even when repeated many times. Plan to spend sums of …

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