Let’s learn what happened in Afghanistan, so we can do better in phase 2 of our Long War

Summary: Today's must-read is a retrospective on NATO's expedition to Afghanistan, even more important today as we begin the second phase of our Long War. It opens with a shocker and gets even better. The reviewer has deep in experience in Afghanistan; the author has even deeper experience. The combination provides powerful insights while cutting … Continue reading Let’s learn what happened in Afghanistan, so we can do better in phase 2 of our Long War

The truth emerges about Afghanistan, an indictment of our war. Now comes the hard part: learning from failure.

Summary: Today's must read is a retrospective on our expedition to Afghanistan, now that the cloud of lies slowly dissipates. Since Vietnam we've masked our failures by myths, short-circuiting our ability to learn. A hegemonic power can substitute power for smarts. The coming multi-polar world will prove more challenging, so that weaknesses become terminal flaws. … Continue reading The truth emerges about Afghanistan, an indictment of our war. Now comes the hard part: learning from failure.

Powerful insights about our war in Afghanistan, part 1

We slid into the Iraq rapidly and unknowingly, our way greased by lies.  Not so in Afghanistan.  Our first invasion was in response to 9-11, a fast and bloodless (as such things go) overthrow of al Qaeda's allies.  An object lesson to our enemies, it might even have resulted in a better regime.  If we had … Continue reading Powerful insights about our war in Afghanistan, part 1