The Speak No Evil Approach to Afghanistan

By: Friday January 20, 2012 9:58 am

Apparently things aren’t going well in Afghanistan so the solution on the part of our government is too simply stop telling us about how bad things are. From USA Today: Military commanders in Afghanistan have stopped making public the number of allied troops killed by Afghan soldiers and police, a measure of the trustworthiness of [...]

NATO Leaders Believe There Is No Libya End Game Strategy

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 2:01 pm

Being a Cassandra is a real drag. When people ask “Who could have predicted that the Libyan war would go long and be complicated?” I always raise my hand.

NATO Extends Libyan Involvement By 90 Days: Mission Creep Sets In

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 9:23 am

With Libya deep in a civil war with no clear end in sight, NATO has just approved an extension of its military mission in the country.

If Only Nato Had Hoverboards

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:48 am

In Libya, NATO is insistent on deposing Muammar Gaddafi, but their rebel allies are simply not up to the job. Gaddafi’s forces are better armed and better trained. On the other hand, NATO and the United States don’t want to deploy the ground forces that deposing Gaddafi would normally require, so what is happening is [...]

Libya: No End Game, No Exit Strategy

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 5:55 am

There is a time during the early part of a popular uprising when things can go relatively well. The despot or the military leaders of a quick coup could decide that with people on the street and international pressure, the smart thing to do is take the peaceful “retirement package.” That is where, in exchange [...]

Will it Also Take Eight Years to Find Out Role Oil Companies Played in War in Libya?

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 9:31 am

We finally have the documentary proof showing the important role oil companies played in the lead up to the war in Iraq. From the Independent: The documents were not offered as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war. In March 2003, just before Britain went to war, Shell [...]

McCain’s Solution When Airstrikes Fail: More Airstrikes

By: Monday April 18, 2011 3:30 pm

As was entirely predictable, the “airstrikes only” campaign in Libya failed to bring down the well-armed and well-financed regime of Moammar Gadhafi . So, what is John McCain’s solution? Even more airstrikes. From the Hill: McCain, the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the U.S. should revive its air attacks to incapacitate [...]

By Two-to-One Margin, Voters Think Libya Not Worth the Cost

By: Monday April 4, 2011 9:54 am

Recent polling has already shown that the American people are fairly divided about our war kinetic military action with Libya, but if you introduce the issue of the operation’s huge price tag likely voters overwhelmingly believe it isn’t worth the cost. A new poll from the Hill finds that, by a by a two-to-one margin, [...]

Army Psy-Ops Revelation Bears Striking Resemblance to Military-Industrial Complex Lobbying

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 1:22 pm

Thanks to Michael Hastings at Rolling Stone, we learn that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell repeatedly pressured the psy-ops (i.e. professional US Army trained propagandists) to use their skills to convince members of Congress to approve more money for operations in Afghanistan. From Rolling Stone: At a minimum, the use of the IO team against U.S. [...]

McCain Appears to Confuse Spanish PM with Subcomandante Marcos

By: Thursday September 18, 2008 7:58 am

John McCain appears to have confused Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation …