Afghan National Army? Neither National Nor an Army

The countless years of conflict and numerous casualties Afghan soldiers endured could’ve been a tell-tale sign of what outcome would unfold after U.S. forces inevitably retreated from the region. Given the circumstances in which Afghan forces had to fight, perhaps it is no surprise that soldiers would rather live to die another day than fight a reinvigorated Taliban force.

The Things They Carried (And Then Left Behind)

Uncle Sam has quite the hole in his pocket. As the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan continues, critics understandably worry about who is left behind. However, perhaps as frustrating is the emerging picture of what is being left behind.

The Only Known Known: Rumsfeld, Iraq and the End of Both

Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/DVIDS By Scott Strgacich On June 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, the war's chief architect, died just two weeks later at age 88.  Prepare for the impending onslaught of respectable opinion. Eulogies … Continue reading The Only Known Known: Rumsfeld, Iraq and the End of Both

Overcoming Myopic Militarism: A Case for Restraint

By Ethan Kessler Right now, America’s Middle East policy is significantly detached from the American national interest. An honest review of America’s interests in the Middle East reveals that they do not require today’s force posture. A bare-bones force posture and military restraint should fully substitute for the sweeping military presence currently in place.  America’s … Continue reading Overcoming Myopic Militarism: A Case for Restraint

Long Wars and Their Discontents

  By Scott Strgacich One day in 14th century Italy, two friars entered the castle of Sir John Hawkwood, the storied English mercenary captain, to petition him regarding some minor business. “May God give you peace, my lord,” they began. “May God take away your alms,” Sir John responded venomously. “Do you not know that … Continue reading Long Wars and Their Discontents