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A history lesson recommended for the top of your reading pile

The various media bombard us with information, putting us in the position of a child with a thousand teachers.  Which lessons deserve our attention?  Which have the most benefit for us in the next month?  The next year? While the eulogies of Robert McNamara and Walter Chroncike were interesting, I recommend instead the following brief history …

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Another note from our past, helping us see our future

Sometimes history does more than rhyme.  It repeats because the structures of our government produces consistent outcomes, like McDonald’s produces fries.  Here is an essay from the past as apt today as when it was written. In know of very few Americans as yet who have really confronted that question closely. And I think it …

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How many troops would it take to win in Afghanistan?

Summary:   How many troops must we send to win in Afghanistan.  It’s a key question that receives too little attention in public sources, other than guessing.   What have our generals told DoD planners?  Are we being guided into a larger war according to a well-considered plan?  Or are we sliding thoughtlessly into a larger war, as we …

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The first salvo in the Afghanistan Strategy Debate

Scott Wedman writes the first essay Andrew Exum posts at Abu Muqawama, the first salvo in his Afghanistan Strategy Debate.  It is an astonishingly weak first choice, considering that Exum appears to support the war.  I have inserted rebuttals.  The war in Afghanistan is in the interests of the United States for four reasons. First, increasing stability …

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A living eulogy to Robert Strange McNamara

Here is a fine slide presentation, filled with graphs and numbers of all kinds.  Just like those the late SecDef McNamara watched, and by which he steered the Vietnam War. “The Air War in Afghanistan: The Broader Issue“, Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 20 May 2009 While this data is useful, …

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