Beijing has always insisted Taiwan is part of China, and its sneering attitude toward the U.S. and its allies makes the threat more dire by the day.
James A. Warren is a writer and a former visiting scholar in the American Studies Department at Brown University. He is the author of Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam, and American Spartans: The United States Marines: A Combat History from Iwo Jima to Iraq, among other books.
The current commandant is a little worried about what conflict with China could look like, but his solutions, say retired generals and Corps members, are also problematic.
The intel failures behind conflicts from Vietnam to Afghanistan are not identical, but most of them come down to the people in power not listening to the spies on the ground.
Perpetuating the nonsense myths of the greatest generation who saved democracy in WWII distorts history and teaches all the wrong lessons.
As Russia moves in on Ukraine’s cities, they will encounter a well trained cadre of guerrilla fighters whose skills and motivation give them the upper hand at close quarters.
Ukrainian fighters have been training for insurgent warfare for years.
The late George Kennan was America’s premier strategist on Cold War-era relations with Russia, with which he predicted war 25 years ago—even after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Washington’s penchant for technological solutions to military problems helps explain why the U.S. has such a lousy track record in fighting wars since Vietnam.
Overconfident and unprepared, the U.S. stumbled into Vietnam, just as it would stumble in Afghanistan and Iraq decades later, with equally disastrous results.
The Bush administration used the “light footprint” strategy of Afghanistan to combat terrorism in Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, to name but a few. It has not gone well.