No matter how much the Pentagon spins their message into the mainstream media, the facts on the ground show the U.S. lacks one of counterinsurgency's own premises for success: a legitimate host nation government.
With more than half of U.S. government discretionary spending going to feed the Pentagon, it is no longer considered feasible to use public resources to feed the hungry, heal the sick, or house the homeless.
Who is in charge of our operations in Iraq, now? George Orwell? A war based on lies continues to be a war based on lies. Today, we have a war that is not a war, with combat troops who are not combat troops.
As the Internet revolution has come to embrace the world of classified data, the Government needs a revolutionary approach to the management of its classified data and realistic controls on those who access it as well.
Having participated avidly in driving our military forces into the ground, the members of a recently released defense review report have proposed that more of the same is inadequate; they want much more of the same.
Ask whose interests are served by the rationalization of war through perverse appeals to gendered, racialized pity. A moving image can muddle more than it clarifies when the background is underexposed.