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War and the Dictionary

Just for the record, according to my trusty Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, copyright 1959 (from my college days), war is: “1. The state or fact of exerting violence or force against another, now only against a state or other politically...

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Insurgents and Detainees

I just read an Army report of an attack on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The attacking force numbered 30-40 “insurgents.” Sixteen were killed and 5 detained after the response team consisting of Afghan and US troops plus US helicopters responded...

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Success in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, issued his counterinsurgency guidance to his forces on Aug. 26th. “Protecting the people is the mission,” said McChrystal, who explains the conflict in Afghanistan will be won by gaining the support of the population, not by...

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Our Enemies cannot Defeat us, but

Ralph Peters recently wrote that the most troubling aspect of international security for the US is not the killing power of our enemies, which remains modest in historical terms, but our increasingly effete view of warfare. The greatest advantage...