The Folly of the Next Afghanistan ‘Surge’
We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn’t—at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul district of... Read more
America’s Iran Hysteria
“Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region, you find Iran,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April 2017 visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. I must admit that when I stumbled across that quote it brought up uncomfortable personal memories. East Baghdad, Jan. 25,... Read more
How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East
Make no mistake: after 15 years of losing wars, spreading terror movements, and multiplying failed states across the Greater Middle East, America will fight the next versions of our ongoing wars. Not that we ever really stopped. Sure, Washington traded in George W. Bush’s expansive, almost messianic attitude toward... Read more
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