Summary: The hit on Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was another short term tactical win in our long war, achieved (like so many others) at a high cost to our long-term strategic position. It's why we've fought the long war since 9/11 with most bad results. Here Stratfor looks at the details of this successful … Continue reading Stratfor: A Small Blow to the Taliban, a Big Blow to US-Pakistani Trust
Summary: This week we had simultaneous two-minute-hate sessions run by both Right and Left against Obama and George Will. These are fine demos of peasants' protests in New America, proving that we remain capable of collective action: fun, righteous, purposeless swarming. Orwell predicted it. The 1% laugh. . Contents We enjoy our two minutes hate … Continue reading Swarms of hate against Obama and George Will, peasants’ protests in New America
Summary: Many comparisons have been made between the War on Terror, AKA "The Long War", and Vietnam. Needless to say, our leaders prefer to think about happy counterinsurgencies, like the Philippines, Malaysia, and... the Philippines. Since fantasy is so much more appealing than reality (and makes for a better powerpoint slide), the Pentagon has learned … Continue reading Will the Taliban Give us a Taste of Armageddon?
Summary: Another example of Anglo-American Imperial literature, this time by an American author at the London School of Economics. Useful not only for what it says about Afghanistan Taliban and Pakistan's ISI (their close ties have been known for years), but also for what it says about us. We have great knowledge, but little self-awareness. Romans probably wrote … Continue reading New report says that Pakastan’s ISI supports Afganistan’s insurgents
The record is unclear -- have we' ever tried to negotiate with the Taliban? The 9-11 report and Saddam's fruitless attempts to placate the US suggest that President Bush had decided to invade both nations, and his only concern was to erect a suitable scaffolding of lies to support the invasions. Now things might be changing, as Stratfor … Continue reading Is the Taliban open to negotiations with the US?