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The American System of Suffering, 1965-2014

For all the dissimilarities, botched analogies, and tortured comparisons, there has been one connecting thread in Washington’s foreign wars of the last half century that, in recent years at least, Americans have seldom found of the slightest interest: misery for local nationals.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Lorie Jewell

Another Scandal Among Officers Who No Longer Win Wars

As a former serviceman, I have been long bemused by the proliferation of ribbons and other decorations on the chests of today’s high-ranking army officers, now mired in scandal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Spc. Matthew Freire

The Age of Drones

Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Flickr / U.S. Army

New Afghanistan Strategy Targets Insurgents

With the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal and (we hope) the waning of the notion of counterinsurgency, the U.S. is looking toward another Afghanistan strategy—“counterterrorism”—one that focuses on targeted killing of insurgents, rather than the whole “hearts and minds” thing.

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 READ MORE


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White House: No News (Yet) on Afghanistan Strategy

Although the Obama administration was well aware of the fact that, by Monday morning, everyone and his cousin knew about Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s warning about “mission failure” in Afghanistan, which the general had issued to the White House as part of a report that found its way into the clutches of Washington Post journalists, there will be no official call for more troops until an equally official request is submitted.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Navy / MC1 Molly Burgess

McChrystal’s Report Could Change Obama’s Afghanistan Plan

The situation has changed significantly since President Obama took office last winter and fixed his focus on Afghanistan, and these changes—including a disputed Afghan presidential election and deadly spikes in insurgent violence—may spell trouble for Obama’s initial strategy in that country, according to an assessment issued by Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Updated

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE


Military Hones New Counterinsurgency Strategy

Pinch yourself. This is actual good news about the U.S. military in Iraq: The Army and Marines are finishing work on a new doctrine that puts the welfare and protection of civilians front and center, while minimizing the use of force.

Posted on Oct 5, 2006 READ MORE


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