How to win the Long War

Clash of Civilizations

Summary: Yesterday's post explained why our Long War has produced so few gains at such a high cost in money and blood. It did not explain why our military — led by the best-educated officers in history — repeats the tactics that have failed in so many similar wars? This leads to a second question: after that problem is … Continue reading How to win the Long War

Let’s try a defensive strategy in America’s wars, and win.

Defense Wins Championships

Summary: So many posts here describe how we are losing. Since we've forgotten, I'm reposting explanations of why and how we are losing -- and how we can win in the age when 4th generation warfare (4GW) is the dominant mode of war. Step one: adopt a rational grand strategy. The original version was posted in … Continue reading Let’s try a defensive strategy in America’s wars, and win.

We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago

Summary:  Today's violence from Islamic extremists has many similarities to the anarchists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Using standard police and intelligence methods, Western governments defeated the anarchists -- without massive restrictions on civil liberties, without military operations. We can defeat today's Islamic extremists using similar methods -- reversing the results from 16 years of … Continue reading We can defeat today’s jihadists, as we did the anarchist terrorists a century ago

A powerful new article shows why we lose so many wars: FAILure to learn

Summary:  Slowly America begins to come to grips with its defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan, as experts provide simple easy explanations. Here we look at the 3rd such major article, a demonstration that the main lesson of our defeats is that we refuse to learn from them. Eyes tightly closed we stumble onto a rough … Continue reading A powerful new article shows why we lose so many wars: FAILure to learn

Is victory impossible in modern wars? Or just not possible for us?

Summary: Slowly America begins to absorb lessons from our fails in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet as with Vietnam we prefer not to see too deeply. Mark Kukis at aeon gives us another incisive analysis of modern war that misses the mark, and so sets us up for the next failed war.  {2nd of 2 wars.} … Continue reading Is victory impossible in modern wars? Or just not possible for us?