Summary: Nothing shows our FAILure to learn more than how we've repeat so many of our mistakes of Vietnam in Afghanistan. No hegemon, no matter how powerful, can survive a rapidly changing world, filled with rivals and foes, if it doesn't profit from its experience. Today is FAILure to learn day, with 3 lessons from … Continue reading Stark evidence from our past about our inability to learn today
Summary: Today we have a reading that provides insights about our mad wars, written by someone who fought in the Cold War and later fought to prevent more wars. He explains how our leaders steered us into supporting these wars, such as by creating the myths about Vietnam that laid the foundations for our forever … Continue reading Myths about the Vietnam War laid the foundation for our Forever War
Summary: One reason we have such difficulty charting path to the future is that have lost so much of our past. It not only destabilizes us, but limits our ability to learn from our history. Here are three articles about our past that illuminate problems we face today. . (1) "Why weren’t they grateful?", Pankaj Mishra reviews … Continue reading Read these articles about our past to learn about today’s challanges
Summary: Now that our most recent wars are ending, we have an opportunity to learn. Will we? Making clear insights more difficult, our war machines has already started preparing us for new wars: threat inflation plus cheap/easy solutions. After 9-11 we bought such stories about Iraq and Afghanistan, with no questioning or skepticism. Will we … Continue reading The military takes us back to the future. To Vietnam, again and again.
Summary: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the other small wars we have and are fought. All fruitless in terms of our nation's needs. All fought at great personal cost by our troops, up to and including the ultimate payment. But no nation can continue to waste the valor of its troops in such a manner without … Continue reading A lesson from history about wasted valor, for which a price might be asked of us (eventually)