How the ghosts of Vietnam haunt the War on Terror

The last copter our of Vietnam.

Summary: Major Sjursen goes to the heart of our Long War, showing how our military remains haunted by the ghosts of Vietnam -- and how today's failures result from the tragically wrong lessons they learned from it. "The War That Never Ends (for the U.S. Military High Command) And It’s Not the War on Terror" … Continue reading How the ghosts of Vietnam haunt the War on Terror

Don’t listen to the calls for more killing in the WOT

River of blood

Summary: As Trump and his general-dominated foreign policy team expand and intensify our wars, the calls for more killing rise again. As in an article in the respected journal of the Navy Institute. We should just say no. “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” — No said by Einstein but by Alcoholics … Continue reading Don’t listen to the calls for more killing in the WOT

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.

Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

From the film Act of Valor.

Summary: Special Operations Forces are the heroes in the second phase, the 16th year, of the War on Terror. But years of failure have raised doubts that their bravery and skill have been well applied to these wars, or if they are even relevant. “Counterinsurgency is Not a Substitute for Strategy” --- "Insurgencies and Countering … Continue reading Puncturing the myth of our Special Operations Forces, pawns in an unwinnable war

America’s military hits a defining moment: how they react to defeat

Summary: Slowly voices inside the US military speak out about its inability to respond to its manifest failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the large price paid in blood and money for the lessons given. The military has proven unable to take the first step of admitting that they lost. Here Gregory A. Thiele (LtCol , … Continue reading America’s military hits a defining moment: how they react to defeat