August 28, 2013  

‘Abject failure’ | Brzezinski speaks | Costs of bombing

Sparks flew when Army, Marine, and SOCOM leaders met to talk about “strategic landpower,” reports Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. of Breaking Defense. For U.S. jointness, said Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick, the director of force management and development at SOCOM, the effort in Iraq and Afghanistan “wasn’t 10 years of wonderful success. It was 10 years of abject failure that we don’t want to repeat.”

Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski calls the Obama Administration’s Syrian strategy a “well-kept” secret, and not in a good way.

How much would a strike on Syria cost? Defense News’ John T. Bennett points to some attempts to put a price tag on intervention.

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” — Albert Einstein

Contributed by Maj. Gen. (ret.) Charlie Dunlap, a former USAF Deputy Judge Advocate General who now directs Duke Law School’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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