The India-China Standoff Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Escalate

In this era of widespread nuclear capabilities it is important that military generals should refrain from commenting forcefully on international affairs in public. They should certainly pay close attention to world developments, because it is essential for their country’s security and planning that they and their staffs should analyse the situation along national borders and …

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The Decomposing Corpse of NATO

The UK’s Guardian newspaper is rarely supportive of those who like and advocate war, but it is an equitable publication and its strictures on the chaos in Afghanistan have been measured and balanced, as have its comments on the situation in the Korean Peninsula. It was even-handed about the US-NATO aerial blitz on Libya in a campaign that was ostensibly to protect …

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Always Planning Never Winning: While US Wins Some Battles, Insurgents Win the Wars

General John F Campbell, commander of all foreign forces in Afghanistan 2014-2016, said in a speech in Kabul on December 28, 2014 that «The insurgents are losing, they’re desperate». But they weren’t and they aren’t. On August 21 President Trump outlined his plan for continuation of the 16-year US-NATO war in Afghanistan, in which there is supposedly a new …

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With a Little Help from His Friends, Trump Comes to Believe in a Military Victory in Afghanistan

Never did I imagine that I would endorse anything said by former White House chief schemer Stephen Bannon who was dismissed by President Trump on 18 August. Bannon had advised the president to cease immersion in the hideous shambles in Afghanistan and refrain from committing more troops to a country that is terminally corrupt and whose war …

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Scandinavia, the Baltics, NATO, and Russia

The admirable weekly newspaper The Economist had an article in October ten years ago titled «Putin flexes his muscles». The most recent Economist, on 12 August 2017, has an article on its website titled «Russia’s biggest war game in Europe since the cold war alarms NATO» — but in the print edition on my desk the same piece is titled …

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