Journal: Chuck Spinney Sends….Afghanistan

Highlighting by Chuck Spinney High Cost, Low Odds by STEPHEN M. WALT The Nation October 21, 2009 http://www.thenation.com/doc/20091109/walt/print Deciding what to do in Afghanistan requires a hard-nosed assessment of the costs of the war, the alleged benefits of victory and the likelihood of success. We know the price will be high. The United States has …

Journal: The Afghanistan Impasse–Chuck Spinney Highlights NYT Review of Books

The Afghanistan Impasse By Ahmed Rashid New York Review of Books Volume 56, Number 15 · October 8, 2009 To Live or to Perish Forever: Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan by Nicholas Schmidle Henry Holt, 254 pp., $25.00 Seeds of Terror: How Heroin Is Bankrolling the Taliban and al Qaeda by Gretchen Peters Thomas Dunne/St. …

Chuck Spinney with Pierre Sprey & Winslow T. Wheeler: Bankrupt and Irrelevant – the Presidential Debates and Four Recent Studies on Pentagon Spending

Bankrupt and Irrelevant: the Presidential Debates and Four Recent Studies on Pentagon Spending by Pierre Sprey, Chuck Spinney and Winslow T. Wheeler In the almost 12 hours of Democratic Party presidential primary debates on June 26-27 and July 30-31, the words “Pentagon budget” or “defense spending” were not uttered, except for a fleeting, unanswered comment …

Chuck Spinney: Analysis of Kunduz Hospital Bombing — Is the USAF Incapable of Doing Close Air Support (CAS)?

The author, a long time friend, is a retired Marine Lt. Colonel and, as a junior officer, served as forward artillery observer in heavy combat in Viet Nam. Key questions unasked in the news about the US attack on Kunduz Hospital By David Evans, Fabius Maximus Website, 22 Oct 2015 10 Hard Questions Below the …

Chuck Spinney & Gareth Porter: US to Blame for Rise of Islamic State and Syria Disaster UPDATE 1: WikiLeaks Documents US Perfidy

Below is a very important report describing how a string of US covert operations reaching back to the 1980s has created the bloody shambles in Iraq, Syria and the emergence of ISIS.* The author, Gareth Porter, is one of the finest investigative reporters now operating in the United States.  Most importantly, IMO, Porter ends by …

Chuck Spinney: US Military Corruption Continues

President Obama claimed that America’s combat mission Afghan War was over in his SoU address, but 9,800 troops will remain in Afghanistan for the foreseeable future involved in training and counterterrorism missions.  This mission of this left over force has officially been changed to “Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.” To date, the U.S. has spent over $780 billion …

Chuck Spinney: The Arrogance of US Ignorance

The excellent BBC documentary Bitter Lake is on youtube in two parts and can be found at these links: Part 1:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9wCkTgcZ7M Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9wCkTgcZ7M It is well worth watching … stylistically I found its format somewhat distracting to my tastes and would have liked it more organized chronologically.   But that is a nit pick.  CS Guardian …

Chuck Spinney: USAF General James Post Says Telling the Truth to Congress About the A-10 is “Treason” — Really…

USAF General James Post’s Mexican Hot Platter There are indications and warnings (I&W) that the U.S. Air Force is headed for the rubber room, at least if the attitude of Major General James Post, the Vice Commander of Air Combat Command is an I&W of the Air Force’s corporate attitude.  As I said in an …

Chuck Spinney: Ann Jones – Is America Crazy?

Food for thought.  Since 9-11, the United States has been violating all five criteria for a sensible grand strategy.  Left unchecked, it will eventually generate the mother of blow backs.  Ann Jones has written a personal vignette to goes to the heart of our growing grand strategic crisis on a deeply personal level — most of it has to …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn on US Military Failure PBI: Without Intelligence with Integrity, Force Structure is Fraud

Can a Gold-Plated Military Counter ISIS? Lightly armed guerrilla/insurgent/terrorist forces are once again holding off the high-tech, heavily armed forces of the United States. War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants’ gruesome tactics The West needs more than a ‘White Knight’ if it wants …

Berto Jongman: Greenwald on ISIS, Rothkopf on National Insecurity Plus Spinney, Polk, Cockburn, and Steele on How ISIS and Hamas Have Won and Everything We Plan to Do Will Deepen Our Losses

Americans Now Fear ISIS Sleeper Cells Are Living in the U.S., Overwhelmingly Support Military Action Glenn Greenwald The Intercept, 8 September 2014 EXTRACTS What kind of country goes around bombing people with no strategic purpose and with little motive other than to “flex muscles” and “show toughness”? This answer also seems clear: one that is …

Chuck Spinney: Non-Learning in US Foreign Policy

JUNE 16, 2014 Polk Report How to Evolve an Exit Strategy From America’s Foreign Policy Shambles by FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY and WILLIAM R. POLK, Counterpunch Attached beneath my introductory comment is an essay by the American historian William R. Polk.  His subject is the American predilection for non-learning in foreign policy. My comment is intended …

Chuck Spinney: Michael Hudson on The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit

Long but well worth reading and thinking about. CS   The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit Michael Hudson [1] Posted on michaelhudson.com, 12 May 2014 http://michael-hudson.com/2014/05/the-new-cold-wars-ukraine-gambit/ Michael Hudson is Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at University of Missouri, Kansas City, and former Professor of Economics and Director of Economic Research at the Latvia Graduate School of Law. …

Chuck Spinney: Toxic Alliance – Neo-Cons and “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) War-mongers

This email continues the theme I introduced with How Obama’s Rhetoric Reinforces America’s Grand Strategic Pathway to Catastrophe. Attached beneath my introduction is an brilliant essay, The Dangerous Neocon-R2P Alliance, written by Robert Parry of Consortium News.  Parry describes how propaganda produced by this domestic alliance of convenience among a non-representative minority of unelected influence peddlers …

Chuck Spinney: Immanuel Wallerstein on Saudi Arabia – Besieged and Fearful

Saudi Arabia: Besieged and Fearful The Saudi regime has long been considered a pillar of political stability in the Middle East, a country that commanded respect and prudence from all its neighbors. This is no longer true, and the first ones to recognize this are those who are important internal players in the regime. Today, …