The Best Defense

The Best Defense

The Gates files (VIIth, and last): Why the Pentagon didn't care about fighting wars

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 28, 2014.

Because, under reforms of the 1950s and then Goldwater-Nichols, winning wars is not its job.

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A 'War on the Rocks' Xmas reading list

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on December 18, 2013.

I've been reading the blog "War on the Rocks" with interest, and so am pleased to be able to recommend their year-end reading list. But I still don't understand the blog's name. Does it refer to running aground or drinking whiskey? Or to something else?

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Iraq, the unraveling (XXXIII): the Anbar killings

Best Defense is in Summer re-runs. This item originally ran on November 19, 2009. 

Iraq's vice president, a Sunni Arab, says the recent killing of 13 people associated with a local political leader in eastern Anbar province was carried out by Iraqi army troops commanded by Colonel Raheem Kareem Resan. This somewhat undercuts the "those crazy Anbaris and their wacky tribal disputes" line previously issued by the Baghdad government.

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