Bonus: What Danny is Reading This Week

Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan, edited by Aaron B. O’Connell.

Ok, I admit it – I’m sort of obsessed with the war in Afghanistan. It’s now our longest war, I served in it (2011-12), and I can’t fathom what we’re still doing there. Matters are worse than they’ve ever been, and even senior military officers admit the U.S. is mired in a “stalemate,” this after nearly 17 years of American efforts. This book is edited by a Marine Corps officer and former history professor at the Naval Academy. The work is a collection of excellent essays that try to explain what went wrong from a variety of angles. The essays are accessible, digestible and genuinely made me think and reconsider the course of this war. Unfortunately, the book left me even more disenchanted with this ongoing disaster. Check it out!

The New Sultan: Erdogan and the Crisis of Modern Turkey, by Soner Cagaptay.

If you want to understand our longtime “ally” with the second largest army in NATO, then pick up this short book. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in power since 2002, and looks likely to stay at the helm well into the 2020s. This guy has grown increasing Islamist, authoritarian, anti-Western, and pro (sort of) Russian. Now, the Turks have invaded Syria, again, and are attacking the US-allied Kurdish militias. Erdogan and Turkey fear Kurdish autonomy more than nearly anything else. In short, the whole situation is a mess and Erdogan is making a power play in the region divergent from US interests. This book tells the story of Erdogan, his rise, and the history of Turkey both eloquently and succinctly. Nerds of the world – pick up this book!

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Sneak Preview: Danny’s next piece

Hey FOH Listeners,

Tune in to our next pod episode this Friday where Henri and I talk the military-industrial complex and the downfall of our ostensible “republic.”

In the bonus material, I also preview my next article for Defense Priorities about Trump, China, Russia and how to avoid the next Cold War.

Look, Trump – for all his coarse, unsophisticated rhetoric – actually showed some commonsense about foreign policy back on the campaign trail. It really is a good idea to avoid conflict and warfare with Russia, where possible.

Nonetheless, Trump’s Defense Team – Generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly – and the recent NDS all but declare a Cold War on Russia and China.

In my next piece I explain why that’s a bad idea and how to both cooperate, and – where necessary – divide and conquer the Chinese and Russians.

Take it from someone who struggled to beat the Third-World Taliban: the last thing the U.S. military needs is a shooting war with nuclear armed Eurasian powerhouses!

One Love,

Danny

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Sneak Preview: Danny’s next article

Hey FOH listeners,

Check out the site weekly for short previews about my upcoming articles and other publications. Right now, I’m working on a piece analyzing President Trump’s (well, really it’s Mattis’ and McMaster’s) National Defense Strategy, or NDS.
Here’s the deal: this short (unclassified version) document is – despite the boring prose and buzzword extravaganza – genuinely frightening. These guys are all but declaring a new Cold War with Russia and China, plus rattling their sabers at North Korea and Iran. Oh, and just for good measure, they haven’t forgotten the good old forever – I’m sorry, “generational” – war on terror.

Bottom line: the whole document is a gift-wrapped, early Christmas present for pugnacious generals and the military-industrial complex. Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, and Boeing are licking their chops!

Tune in when the piece publishes (I’ll post a link once it does), as I tear thru the BS and expose what’s inside this document.

Check out the doc itself here (click the first link in this article): https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/theworldpost/wp/2018/01/23/national-defense-strategy/?utm_term=.ff7c4b5e6c93

Danny

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