Posts filed under “War/Defense”

3-Star General: We’ve Lost the Wars In Iraq & Afghanistan

3-Star General Who Helped Lead War On Terror: We’ve Lost the Wars In Iraq and Afghanistan

“That Would Be Four Times Biting That Poison Apple: Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and Then Iraq Again”

3-star General Daniel Bolger helped to lead the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The first sentence of his new book - Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars – starts:

I am a United Sates Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem, to wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry.

Yahoo News notes:

Having studied military history, he says he should have known that a U.S.-led counterinsurgency in a country like Afghanistan could never work.

Now, with the rise of the Islamic State, there’s a growing choir urging the U.S. military to lead yet another ground war in Iraq.

“That would be four times biting that poison apple: Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and then Iraq again,” he said.

General Bolger is right.

The U.S. previously carried out regime change in Iraq in 1963 and Afghanistan in the 1970s.

Empire after empire has broken its back trying to control Afghanistan.   “One more surge” won’t do the trick.

War has bankrupted empires for 2,500 years. America is  no different. Especially when countries go into debt to finance the war … instead of paying for it out of current finances.

America has fallen into the same trap … and is digging an ever-deeper hole.

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Govt Spending: Jobs & Education vs War & Social Security

Shocking what many people support is a function of age:   Via Vox

Category: Employment, Taxes and Policy, Wages & Income, War/Defense

Longest Continuous Period of War In American History

Endless War Is the Agenda Pulitzer-prize winning reporter James Risen reminds us: We are now in the longest continuous period of war in American history. And yet there is remarkably little debate about it. Many Americans assume “because 9/11″. But regime change in Iraq, Lybia, Syria and Afganistan (and see this) was planned before 9/11….Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

Foreign fighters flow to Syria

Source: Washington Post

Category: Digital Media, Politics, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

ISIS Roots Trace Back to Bush Admin

The U.S. Has Radicalized the Middle East ISIS Is Run By Former Iraqi Generals … Many Are Members Of Saddam Hussein’s Secular Baath Party Who Converted To Radical Islam In American Prisons U.S. Foreign Policy Created Many More Terrorists Than It Killed The New Yorker reports: ISIS is run by a council of former Iraqi…Read More

Category: Think Tank, War/Defense

The Origins of ISIS’s Recruits

Source: New York Times

Category: Digital Media, Politics, Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Time to End the Embargo of Cuba

U.S. policies toward Cuba are anachronistic and perplexing. The embargo is a Cold War relic that has long ago stopped serving its intended purpose. It was adopted after the now-defunct Soviet Union tried to establish nuclear bases on the island, bringing the two superpowers to the verge of nuclear war. But what purpose does the…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, War/Defense

Movement to Declassify 9/11 Information Gathers Momentum

9/11 Commission Chairs, Congressmen and Intelligence Officers All Call for Declassification The 9/11 Commission Co-Chairs – Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean – have called for the 28-page section of the 9/11 Commission Report which is classified to be declassified. Kean said that 60-70% of what was classified shouldn’t have been classified in the first place: Congressman Thomas…Read More

Category: Legal, Politics, War/Defense

3 Congressmen Call for Release of Secret 9/11 Documents After Reading Them

All of the Chairs of the 9/11 Commission and the Congressional Investigation Into 9/11 Say It’s “Implausible” that the 9/11 Hijackers Acted Without Government Backing Congressman Thomas Massie read the 28 classified pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry into 9/11 (the joint Senate and House investigation into 9/11) and immediately called for them to be released to…Read More

Category: Politics, Think Tank, War/Defense

Data Breaches in the U.S.

Source:Bloomberg

Category: Digital Media, War/Defense, Web/Tech