In his book A History of Warfare (New York: Knopf, 1993), John Keegan writes of the position of Carl von Clauswitz, whose On War remains a key work to many of the thinkers influencing the foreign and military policies of the United States government. But, as Keegan demonstrates, Clauswitz was:even in his time an isloated … Continue reading Warrior Culture
Many of those who supported the invasion of Iraq, such as Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute who made the statement today on Public Radio’s Radio Times, say it was a ‘close call.’ Given the information they were provided, the argument goes, it appeared that something did have to be done about Saddam Hussein. After … Continue reading The Question They Should Have Asked
So says Robert Gates, speaking on Iraq his first day as Secretary of Defense. Thing is, failure is no longer an option, a possibility, or any other part of the future.Failure has happened. The question now is what to do about it.It’s a failure that cannot be blamed on the lack of will of the … Continue reading "We Simply Cannot Afford to Fail"
Among my other activities, I am a business owner. I've a store/gallery in Brooklyn, New York. It doesn't make much money (not since the blows of the dot-com bust and then 9/11), but we get by.Almost eight years ago, before things began to go sour for small retail (and believe me, they are sour, no … Continue reading Troop Buildup: An Analogy and a Rant
Last year, General George Casey asserted that:The average insurgency -- the average counterinsurgency in the 20th century was about nine yearsIn his dreams.Of course, it all depends on how you define “insurgency,” but “nine years” is an extremely optimistic number.Stephen Metz and Raymond Millen, in “Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the 21st Century: Reconceptionalizing Threat and … Continue reading Insurgencies In Their Dreams