Warrior Culture

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

The Question They Should Have Asked

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

Insurgencies In Their Dreams

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