‘Altered Carbon’ Is a Counterinsurgency Nightmare
Space travel is expensive and time-consuming. Short of figuring out some sort of warp drive, there’s a good chance that humanity’s push to the stars will take generations to accomplish. In science fiction such as Star Wars and Star Trek, warp drives are a prerequisite technology. How can you... Read more
Counterinsurgency, Policing and the Militarization of America’s Cities
I can remember both so well. 2006. My first raid in South Baghdad. 2014. Watching on YouTube as a New York police officer asphyxiated — murdered — Eric Garner for allegedly selling loose cigarettes on a Staten Island street corner not five miles from my old apartment. Both events... Read more
Do Civilian Casualties Cause Counterinsurgents to Fail?
The Netflix movie War Machine paints counterinsurgency wars as impossible. All of them. “The thing about counterinsurgency is that it doesn’t really work,” the film’s narrator says. “We tried it in Vietnam. That went well. The British and the French gave it a shot, trying to hang on to... Read more
White Phosphorous Isn’t Helping America Win in Syria
In mid-June 2017, rights groups reported that the U.S.-led coalition had used white phosphorus in Mosul and Raqqa as part of its campaign against Islamic State. The use of such a controversial weapon speaks to a wider and more disturbing problem. Warfare is becoming increasingly urban in nature and,... Read more
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