Summary: Stratfor looks at the videos of ISIS using drones and discusses their potential applications of this new weapon. Will we see ISIS drones in the skies of America? Beyond the Buzz: Assessing the Terrorist Drone Threat By Scott Stewart at Stratfor, 9 February 2017. The Islamic State is taking to the skies as the fight … Continue reading Stratfor looks at the next phase of terrorism: ISIS drones
Summary: America has played a special role in the post-WWII era, repeatedly unleashing horrors on the world. We started the nuclear arms race by bombing Japan, staged the first cyberattack on Iran (we now live in fear of the next being on us), and now we're flooding the world with armed drones. Here Stratfor explains … Continue reading Stratfor: The Unstoppable Spread of Armed Drones
Summary: Today Martin van Creveld examines one of the great oddities of our time -- our persistent and absurdly unjustified faith in the power of airpower to defeat 4th generation foes. Future historians will marvel at our inability to learn from experience, of which this is just one example. When Will They Ever Learn? By … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: it’s the age of failed airpower. Yet we try, try, try again.
Summary: Nothing shows the decay of the Republic like our drone wars, almost mindless killing -- now including execution of Americans by Presidential decree. To see how accustomed we've become to these steps to a new regime, this post looks at a typical story in the New York Times plus an analysis of it by … Continue reading The real significance of our drone war, and why you’ll hear little about it in Campaign 2016
Summary: Today we have a review of an important book about America's post-9/11 policy of mass assassination. We've adopted a tactic that both history and theory suggests will fail, and which has repeatedly failed since 9/11. Books like this explain what we're doing wrong, but only political action by us together will reverse our mad … Continue reading Review of “Kill Chain: Rise of the High-tech Assassins”
Summary: We gear up for another round of wars, repeating the same methods that failed repeatedly since WWII, with pregame performances more predictable than a Superbowl's halftime festival. Today we look at the grand claims of certain easy victory through airpower. Like Charlie Brown listening to Lucy, each time we believe -- ignoring past disappointments. … Continue reading Victory through airpower! We always believe the promise, despite the past.
Summary: Our national security agencies have put us on course for a dark future, albeit one that greatly benefits them. We feel exceptional in our ability to kill people in far-away lands, yet fear the inevitable reprisals on the "Homeland". Like similarly mad events a century ago in Europe, afterwards nobody will recall why we … Continue reading We’re goading our enemies to attack America. Eventually we’ll succeed, and they will.