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Posts Tagged ‘counterinsurgency

Increased number of contractors – heirs to the Blackwater mercenaries

December 23, 2010

The Obama administration is hiring military contractors at a rate that would make Bush blush. Both Afghnaistan and Iraq wars have been fought with the help of private military and intelligence contractors. But despite the troubles of Blackwater in particular – charges of corruption and killing of civilians—and continuing controversy over military outsourcing in general, […]

The Very Dark Side of U.S. Military History, Part 1

October 12, 2010

Many Americans view their country and its soldiers as the “good guys” spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. Records though suggest a “dark side”to the U.S. military doctrine, dating back to the early days of the Republic. Suppressing Native American resistance on the frontiers in the 19th Century –  Of a Cheyenne attack at […]

The Very Dark Side of U.S. Military History, Part 2

October 12, 2010

Under the pioneering strategies of the CIA‘s Maj. Gen. Edward G. Lansdale, psy-war was a new spin to the old game of breaking the will of a target population. The idea was to analyze the psychological weaknesses of a people and develop “themes” that could induce actions favorable to those carrying out the operation. Following […]

The Afghanistan War Nightmare

June 28, 2010

The war in Afghanistan cannot be won and the country as a whole does not support it. There is no evidence at all that counterinsurgency will work in Afghanistan. It’s not working now. And even if we managed to put all the proper pieces together, the fiercest counterinsurgency advocates in the military will tell you […]

The absence of heroes in the American drone warfare

February 1, 2010

During the Second World War, Royal Air Force ace pilots prided in shooting down Axis powers fighter planes in dogfights and were awarded an appropriate gallantry award. No such heroic deeds by the coalition forces have come to fore in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s well known that the CIA operates the drone flights in Pakistan […]

All-out counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan requires 600,000 troops

December 6, 2009

McClatchy Newspapers reports that the U.S. Army’s recently revised counterinsurgency manual estimates that an all-out counterinsurgency campaign in a country with Afghanistan’s population would require about 600,000 troops. Yet President Obama’s recent escalation means we’ll “only” have 100,000 troops there. With this in mind, David Sirota writes: Therefore, either: 1) The administration believes we can […]