Send in the drones? Reflections on the troop deployment to Africa

Isn’t it bliss?

Obama’s decision to deploy 100 Special Forces soldiers to Uganda, as advisers in the regional fight against the homicidal Lord’s Resistance Army, has drawn criticism and concern across the political spectrum.  There are good reasons for that.

The basic criticism is that the move repeats the worst error committed in past deployments of US troops:  sending task forces too small to achieve anything decisive, and giving them vague, open-ended missions.  The grand debacle of Vietnam started out in precisely this manner. Continue reading “Send in the drones? Reflections on the troop deployment to Africa”

Tough planet: Waldo’s compound in Pakistani military neighborhood

They knew.

The joke is already circulating that President Obama knew how to find Osama bin Laden’s compound because it’s near a golf course.

It’s also right next door to the Pakistani military academy, in a section of the city where many of the residents are senior military officers.  (H/t: Free Republic) The idea that bin Laden could possibly have been living there without the knowledge of the Pakistani military, much less the ISI (intelligence service), strains credulity to the breaking point. Continue reading “Tough planet: Waldo’s compound in Pakistani military neighborhood”

9/11: Reassessing the Reassessment

Sadly, George Friedman misses the boat in his GWOT critique.

The Sooners play Florida State this afternoon, and Kansas and Georgia Tech have a shoot-out going.  It’s a bright football Saturday in early fall.  Being at the computer typing isn’t my top idea of a good time.  But as the 9th anniversary of 9/11 passes, it seems necessary to respond to an article on 9/11 from long-time writer on strategy and geopolitics George Friedman, posted this week at Real Clear World.  Friedman runs Strategic Forecasting, one of the pioneers of open-source intelligence and strategic advice patronized by businesses, think tanks, and opinion writers.  I think highly of STRATFOR and always give Friedman a hearing; he has a useful perspective and often frames things in a way that resonates with me.

That’s why I was somewhat surprised to read his take on our response to 9/11, and in particular, the reasoning that produced it. Continue reading “9/11: Reassessing the Reassessment”