“In our effort to learn from Iraq and Afghanistan, we continuously ran into issues where lessons encountered in Vietnam were ignored, or inadequately learned, or not passed on to subsequent cohorts.  If we had done a better job at it, we surely would have avoided many mistakes in the current long war.”

-- Joseph J. Collins

"Ukraine's Winter War" -  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty visited the front lines to capture the lives of Ukrainian troops as they battle through the fourth winter of war against Russian-backed separatists. In this photograph, a Ukrainian soldier watches for movement in the separatist positions.

"Small wars are operations undertaken under executive authority, wherein military force is combined with diplomatic pressure in the internal or external affairs of another state whose government is unstable, inadequate, or unsatisfactory for the preservation of life and of such interests as are determined by the foreign policy of our Nation."

-- Small Wars Manual, 1940

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Are we witnessing a time when the US is regretting bringing the Baltics into the transatlantic community?     

Culture analysis may be the key that wins wars, not just terminate fighting. This analysis is complex, time consuming, and often not conducted.

What is a protest by the Iranian people against the oppressive fundamentalist regime, has a much more diversified group of world actors.

The recent acclaimed Burns-Novik documentary on Vietnam is great cinematic art but poor history.  Unfortunately, it will be generally judged as THE history.

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