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VIETNAM, IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN: LESSONS AMERICA NEVER LEARNS

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The United States has fought three counterinsurgency wars in the past half century, all of which have or are about to turn out less than resoundingly victorious, to say the least. You would think America would get the hang of counterinsurgency warfare, getting it right eventually; but there are lessons American political leaders never learn.  (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

Hillary Rodham Clinton

When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) asked outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to explain how it was that the Obama administration stood by an absurd story for two weeks after Benghazi, Mrs. Clinton indignantly shouted “What difference, at this point, does it make.” She was talking about whether the attack on our consulate in Benghazi was a preplanned terrorist attack or a spontaneous incident. It occurred to me, however, that this was the perfect way to deflect many criticisms in contemporary American Society. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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AFGHANISTAN: THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF

The American generals that now command and have commanded U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan are among the best warfighters in U.S. history. The U.S. troops under their command are the most skilled, battle-hardened warriors America has ever put in the field. So what went wrong in Afghanistan that’s making victory so elusive if not impossible?

The answer to that question is not the violent reaction to Quran burnings or the massacre of Afghani civilians by a U.S. soldier. Neither is it that “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires,” “it’s a tribal society immune to a strong central government”, “the real problem is in Pakistan,” or “the government of President Hamid Karzai is corrupt.” All are facts, but they are not the principal reasons the NATO effort in Afghanistan, despite success on and off the battlefield, is floundering. (Read the full column at EWRoss.com)

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CUTTING DEFENSE AND AMERICA DOWN TO SIZE

Budget cuts already proposed by President Obama and those that could take effect if the “supercommittee” in Congress fails to agree on $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction could cut the defense budget more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, devastating U.S. military capabilities. The Congress, as currently configured, is unlikely to allow such deep cuts in defense; but that doesn’t mean they eventually won’t happen. Despite our debt, America still has vast resources, but there’s growing disagreement on what we should spend them on, what threatens us, and the missions the U.S. armed forces should undertake, with one side of the argument wanting to cut America down to size. (More)

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