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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Commentary – Obama’s withdrawal from Afghanistan & why counterinsurgency ain’t dead

My latest post on the National Journal expert blog lashes back against the current backlash against counterinsurgency: Counterinsurgency is here to stay. It’s something the U.S. military will have to keep doing around the world for decades to come, because insurgencies that threaten U.S. interests are going to keep occurring around the world for decades [...]

Commentary – Libya, and Why the War Powers Act is a dodge

I just posted my take on whether the War Powers Act applies to our intervention in Libya over at the National Journal expert blog: I call bullshit. Even if the War Powers Act is valid constitutionally – and I don’t think it is – it’s morally a dodge. To be clear: I support intervention in [...]

In His Own Words – Shaw Pick on the Army’s Wired Generation

            Other than just generally getting peppered with mortars and stuff, it was a pretty uneventful six months. There was only one close call, really close call, for me…              …in the artillery, my first assignment, I’d be walking through the woods with a spool of wire. [Now,] everything’s gone to satellite….              He might [...]

Commentary – the 67th anniversary of D-Day

On June 6, 1944, U.S., British, and allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate France from Nazi occupation. Today is the 67th anniversary of the invasion, which my late father helped to plan. I see a few mentions of D-Day in the news, but I douby many people are aware of the [...]

Commentary – Long odds for democracy in Yemen

I commented further on the Yemeni revolution over at the National Journal security blog, arguing that the ouster of president Ali Abdullah Saleh is no great loss for American counter-terrorism, but that a democratic Yemen is unlikely: The United States has no national interest in Saleh’s survival. We do have an interest in a stable [...]

Appearances – I explain Yemen to Canadians

My global media preeminence (see here and here) appears to have spread to a distant, wintry land known to its inhabitants as “Canada.” I discussed the escalating civil strife in Yemen today with host Theo Caldwell of The Caldwell Account on the Sun News Network, sometimes considered Canada’s equivalent of Fox News. The show was [...]

Commentary – I’m pessimistic about Syria

I made my own gloomy contribution to the debate on the National Journal expert blog about the prospects for democracy in Syria: [T]he ruling Alawite minority knows that losing power would not just be a personal disaster for them and their families but a general disaster for the entire Alawite community….[so t]here’s no sign the Syrian [...]