Before the invasion, our top military commanders believed Russia would conquer Ukraine in 72 hours, but last week they claimed the war could go on for an indefinite period, up to a decade, and nothing could have prevented it except for US boots on the ground. Rarely has history been rewritten to cover abject failure… Continue reading Ukraine: Get ready for another unending war, now they tell us
New reporting and testimony reveals a failure of strategic planning and coordination on a massive scale. Obsessed with speed, the military left the country long before the deadline, leaving our diplomatic staff, allies, and equipment in the care of the Afghan Army. This fatally flawed plan was rehearsed and agreed to by all, then recklessly… Continue reading Afghanistan: The military left without any concern for diplomats, allies, and equipment, how is this possible?
Whatever happened to Obama’s Yes We Can and the Audacity of Hope? Lessons from President Truman on the importance of creative thinking and a refusal to surrender in the face of setbacks and untold horrors. Truman faced perhaps the greatest challenges of any incoming President in US history, yet wouldn’t be cowed and ultimately created… Continue reading Afghanistan: The lack of imagination and determination is most frightening of all
Will we get our people and allies out safely? What did Biden know and when did he know it? How could our intelligence be so bad? Why did we do nothing while the Taliban marched through the country? What becomes of Afghanistan? How do our enemies and adversaries react? Momentous events like the Taliban’s swift… Continue reading Afghanistan Fallout: The six biggest questions in the days ahead