Category Archives: War

UK Iraq War Inquiry

Our partner in crime is having an inquiry on the lead up to the Iraq War and the failings and misdirections of its leaders. When do we get ours?

Limited funds, limited choices

Today’s New York Times chronicles the deliberations that led President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan. On the theme of limited resources, the article describes how Obama was reluctant to commit to an expensive escalation because it would threaten funding for his policies at home. Mr. Obama was leery. He had received […]

Limited Resources

Mr. Obama said he would entertain “every demonstrably good idea” for creating jobs, but he cautioned that “our resources are limited.” (@ NY Times) Really, Mister President? On Tuesday you seemed to imply that the United States had inexhaustible resources when you announced a troop surge in Afghanistan. Sure, you paid lip-service to cost/benefit analysis […]

Escalation: Rationale and Strategy

In Tuesday’s speech at West Point, President Barack Obama rededicated the U.S. to the occupation of Afghanistan, officially announcing the deployment of 30,000 more troops to the unstable nation. Since escalation had been the prevailing option for some time, the speech was less notable for the strategy it outlined than for the foreign policy doctrine […]

Obama rededicates U.S. to Afghan occupation

In last night’s highly-anticipated address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to deploy 30,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, arguing that it’s necessary for the common security of the U.S. and its allies. Obama outlined a military strategy that seeks to beat back the Taliban and weaken Al-Qaeda, while strengthening the Afghan Government and its […]

Always billions for war…

… but not for helping the American people: President Obama said Tuesday that he was determined to “finish the job” in Afghanistan, and his aides signaled to allies that he would send as many as 25,000 to 30,000 additional American troops there even as they cautioned that the final number remained in flux. (NY Times) […]

Domestic Security, Terrorism, and Hasan

Addressing a recent post on Small Wars Journal: The massacre at Fort Hood is a reminder that the War on Terror is not fought just in south Afghanistan or Mosul. It is a global war also fought in an office building inside a military base in Texas. Many counter-terror analysts focus on the Pakistan connection […]

Guantanamo not closing on time

Soon after taking office as President, Obama promised to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by January 2010. Well, now that’s not going to happen, at least on time. But I suppose it doesn’t matter much since we’re not going to stop mistreating prisoners if we close Guantanamo. As I noted before, […]

Britain Ready To Bail On Afghanistan?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been signaling over the past few weeks that the time might be drawing nigh for the UK to begin a slow withdrawal of its ISAF forces from the war in Afghanistan. Recently, he called for a conference on deciding an exit strategy from provinces to be held in 2010. Previous […]

U.S. to Iran: Do as I say, not as I do

Am I the only one that thinks there is a lot of cognitive dissonance in this statement from Obama? “Iran has an opportunity to present and demonstrate its peaceful intentions but if it fails to take this opportunity, there will be consequences.” In other words: Be peaceful or we’ll bomb you! __________ Starting a war […]