(CNN) Top US commanders in Afghanistan wrestle with mistakes and regrets as America’s longest war ends

(CNN) Top US commanders in Afghanistan wrestle with mistakes and regrets as America’s longest war ends. The discussion is a tribute to the self-critical powers of the U.S. military.  The criticisms have distinct categories: Combat. Failure to provision  adequate helicopters; provisioning the Afghans primarily with Humvees, highly vulnerable to IEDs, instead of the far more … Continue reading (CNN) Top US commanders in Afghanistan wrestle with mistakes and regrets as America’s longest war ends

Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 3

We continue from Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 2. In deference to readers in the Russian government, this is not a judgment of  their domestic policies. But Russian foreign policies are malign to the West, with no better justification than Richelieu. In the West there seems to be increasing understanding … Continue reading Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 3

Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 2

We continue from Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 1. The Stasi  archives that pertain to the 1986 West Berlin discotheque bombing reveal that the participants were known to the Stasi, and one, Musbah Abdulghasem Eter, was a Stasi agent. The most provocative open source comes from (AP) Report: East Germany … Continue reading Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 2

Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 1

Note: for the sake of clarity, traditional Soviet acronyms, such as KGB and GRU, are used. The name changes were frequent and of little consequence. If this  were any other decade, and but for (NY Times) Suspicions of Russian Bounties Were Bolstered by Data on Financial Transfers, I would be skeptical. The other open source … Continue reading Russian Bounty on U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan; Unit 29155, Part 1

The Intractables: Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria

Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen, and Syria, the unwanted leftovers of Western colonialism, are  situations of intractable engagement with U.S. forces. . Contrary to the Western powers that abandoned their empires, we’re stuck. A relatively new factor, Islamic terrorism, prohibits the summary exits forced on the UK, Netherlands, France, and Belgium. (MT) Trump calls off secret Camp … Continue reading The Intractables: Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen, Syria

Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Part 1

LIndsay Graham, one of my favorite senators, strongly opposes Trump’s decisions to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan. (Newsweek) Lindsay Graham Calls for Immediate Hearings on Trump’s Syria and Afghanistan Decision, Warns of Second 9/11. This is about Afghanistan, which fails the ROI test that the U.S. presence in Syria currently passes. This is described in U.S. … Continue reading Withdrawal from Afghanistan, Part 1