Wrong on Nam, Wrong on Terror

by Danny Sjursen Vietnam: it’s always there. Looming in the past, informing American futures. A 50-year-old war, once labeled the longest in our history, is still alive and well and still being refought by one group of Americans: the military… Continue Reading  

America’s Wars: Yet More of More of the Same?

by Danny Sjursen I remember the day President Obama let me down. It was December 1, 2009, and as soon as the young president took the podium at West Point and — calm and cool as ever — announced a… Continue Reading  

What If: An Alternative Strategy for 9/12/2001

by Danny Sjursen “Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.” — Thucydides You’ve heard the platitude that hindsight is 20/20. It’s true enough and, though I’ve been a regular skeptic about what policymakers used to call the Global… Continue Reading  

The Folly of the Next Afghan “Surge”

by Danny Sjursen We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn’t — at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and… Continue Reading  

The Irrationality of Iran Vilification

by Danny Sjursen “Everywhere you look, if there is trouble in the region,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told reporters on a mid-April visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, “you find Iran.” I must admit that when I stumbled across that… Continue Reading