Can you think of a worse idea than evangelicals, who believe they are serving God by killing Muslims, fighting Muslims who think they are serving God by killing Christians?
The cornerstone of every war is the dehumanization, a terrifying process with long-lasting and infinitely unfolding consequences. And the Vietnam War was the first in which the full horror of this process, stripped of all glory and pseudo-necessity, reached significant public awareness.
It was our duty, they said. The government wouldn't lie to us. Serving our country would make men of us. We didn't know what war was, but we would find out. And we did. And few of us will ever forget what have commonly been called "the lessons of Vietnam."
Einstein was wrong. World War IV will not be fought with sticks or rocks. It will be fought with bits and bytes, Trojans and bots, APTs and zero-days -- it's already started and we're already losing.
The dry season, which starts in November, is crucial for South Sudan. In the absence of peace, and there still is no good news on that front, violence is likely to escalate as it becomes easier to move troops, tanks and artillery by road.
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The good news, and I speak here as a former member of a totalistic group, is that the 'cult' word has finally leapt into the conversation about ISIS. But it does so in a way that barely scratches the surface of what makes ISIS a cult; what draws people to it; and how to stop them.
The USS America is the latest evidence that our military sees the connection between energy and effectiveness.
The greater we supported the corrupt government in Kabul and the more American troops we sent, the more the Taliban prospered. A similar dynamic is at play in Iraq. Consequently, without a change in American policy the cycle of violence in Iraq will continue its ghastly spiral.
Whether ISIL fighters are "brain-washed" or self-inculcated via the internet, the ISIL brand of radical Islam is turning men into remorseless killers.
Conservative hero Ben Carson is worried about American teenagers joining ISIS. But it's not because of 'radical Islam.' It's because of new high school history standards. American's right wing, you see, is terrified of history, because it is always sentimentalizing it.
On 9/12, nearly all the nations on Earth were emotionally with the United States. If President Bush had defined the terrorist attack as a criminal act, he would have had nearly every nation on Earth join the coalition he tried to form.
Bringing a country or a region out of conflict has taken leaders coming from the ground up, not leaders installed by a super power to serve its economic interests. There is one word today that such leaders seem to understand, repeat, and live by that seems to separate their successes from failures elsewhere. The word is inclusion.
The generally accepted fragmentation radius for a frag grenade is 30-35 feet, and the fuse length will be between 3-5 seconds. So usually running isn't going to be an option for you.
There is no going back, cobbling together an Iraq, rescuing the boundaries of Syria. They are no more. The Middle East will be carved up again. The U.S. intervention made this probable. The Syrian holocaust made it a certainty.
Sometimes writers state the obvious, like this statement: We live in a scary world. The evidence of this "scariness" can be found in the headlines o...