Trump prepares for a strong military response to jihadists. We’ll win anyway.

Summary: Trump's two key defense appointees, General Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor and General James Mattis, suggest Trump will intensify our war with jihadists. Obama did so, and only helped spread the jihadist struggle. Trump is unlikely to do better because this is primarily a cultural conflict -- with America the overwhelming favorite to … Continue reading Trump prepares for a strong military response to jihadists. We’ll win anyway.

The New World Disorder: better, or worse?

Summary:  In today's post Martin van Creveld, among our time’s top historians and military theorists, looks at the geopolitical state of the world. Are the doomsters right, and it is falling down? Or have we begun a new era of peace with the triumph of western culture around the world?  (1st of 2 posts today.} … Continue reading The New World Disorder: better, or worse?

Handicapping the clash of civilizations: bet on the West to win big

Summary:  Western history is one of clashing cultures, as we see today on a global scale today. Again we respond to jihad with crusade. Previous posts discussed the military dimension of this long war. This post looks at the big picture. Western culture will crush our foes, as it did in the Cold War. We … Continue reading Handicapping the clash of civilizations: bet on the West to win big

We are the attackers in the Clash of Civilizations. We’re winning.

Summary:  The world is wracked by a clash of civilizations. America is the aggressor. Those who oppose us are on the defensive. America is winning, with eventual victory almost certain. Second in a series, an updated version of posts from June 2008. Contents A spectre haunts the world. Islam vs. America. Long ago some saw … Continue reading We are the attackers in the Clash of Civilizations. We’re winning.

Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”

Today's post examines advice to us from historian Steven Pressfield: "The real enemy in Afghanistan isn't Islamism or jihadism. It's tribalism. ... Can we Westerners impose 'citizen values' on a tribal society?"  (from his website) Some people say our real enemy in Afghanistan is their religion.  Pressfield says our enemy is their form of society.  Both sides agree that they cannot … Continue reading Advice about our long war – “It’s the tribes, stupid”