Category Archives: Iraq


This month marks the 20th anniversary of the disastrous U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which permanently altered the balance within the Middle East/ Persian Gulf, saw the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and drew the United … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Harper, Intelligence, Iraq | 14 Comments

Iranian drones are made with NATO parts

“The Iranian drones that Russia has used to attack military targets and civilians in Ukraine are built with parts almost exclusively made by companies with headquarters in the United States, Europe and Asia, according to a report issued Tuesday by a weapons … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Russia, The Military Art, Ukraine Crisis, weapons | 3 Comments

“Iran Says it Tests Satellite-Carrying Rocket ….”

“… the same long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit could also be used to launch nuclear warheads. Tehran has regularly denied having any such intention. “The flight test of this satellite carrier with a solid-fueled engine … … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Iraq, Space, weapons | 24 Comments

We wuz lied to. Really? What a surprise!

“A Russian military commander and prisoner of war in Ukraine said he and his forces were led to believe they were invading the country because “nationalists, Nazis have seized power,” according to a video that surfaced Monday.  Russian Lt. Col. Astakhov Dmitry Mikhailovich … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Russia | 44 Comments

“Inside every —— there is an American trying to get out …”

I wrote the other day about the responsible job that I thought Austin, Milley and McCkenzie did in their testimony before Congress.  I stand by that judgment but would like to expand my thought in that post. Several times during … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Borg Wars, government, History, Iraq, Middle East, Religion, The Military Art | 44 Comments

Counterinsurgency – a much failed strategy? (Originally published on SST in 2013. Re-published on the occasion of our 2021 defeat)

Some time ago (2009)  I was asked to encapsulate my views on the afghan policy situation.  The resulting summary is quoted below.  Since policy has clearly gone in a different direction I feel free to state my view for the … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Policy, The Military Art | 47 Comments

The jihadis vs the post-Westphalia world system

The Muslims, in particular the Jihadi Sunni, do NOT accept the organization of the world into nation states as was envisioned by Europe in the Treaty of Westphalia in the settlement of the 30 Years War. That war had been … Continue reading

Posted in History, Iraq, Middle East, Religion | 30 Comments

Kill the AUMFs? Yes!!

Comment: The US should have declared war in the case of each and every one of the AUMFs. There are three on the books. Iraq, Afghanistan and the on that authorizes the use of the armed forces against anything that … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Borg Wars, government, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Pakistan | 27 Comments

Numerous Convoys Attacked in Iraq; Biden and the Media Say Nothing

I know that our media is a pathetic lot of sycophants with no interest in reporting real news, but the attacks on U.S. logistical convoys in Iraq surely should have merited some comment. So far Crickets. According to, six … Continue reading

Posted in Borg Wars, Iraq, Syria | 21 Comments

The Brits still want to play in the Great Game? To what end?

“The “Army of the future” will see £23 billion of investment. This will include upgrades to tanks and armoured vehicles, rockets, air defence, tactical surveillance drones, and new electronic warfare and cyberspace capabilities. However, with that will come cuts to both … Continue reading

Posted in Borg Wars, France, government, Iraq, The Military Art | 58 Comments