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China’s 2010 White Paper: A View from Washington

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 29, 2011, No Comments

China has always followed the U.S. military's strategic as well as operational innovations.  That is an important basis for its emergence as a rival of the American armed forces in the distant future.  That very fact also bothers the U.S. military.  Reading China's latest White Paper ("China's National Defense in 2010"), once again, convinces one about the commitment and resolve of its leaders to close the power gap between China and the U.S. military.  Exactly when that gap will be closed is matter of guesswork: the optimists (from the PRC's point of view) give it another twenty or so years, while the pessimists assign a longer period of catching up. (more…)
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Obama’s New National Security Team to Pursue a Failing Strategy

by Ehsan Ahrari on April 29, 2011, No Comments

No new team brings success to a failing strategy.  Thus, President Barack Obama's decision to appoint a new Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, a new CIA chief, General David Petraeus, and a new general to head the war in Afghanistan, Lieutenant General John Allen, promises no certain victory of the war in that country.  It is just as simple as that. (more…)
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Avoiding the ‘Graveyard of Empire’ Syndrome’

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 30, 2010, No Comments

The administration of President Barack Obama is near fixated about not getting stuck in Afghanistan–the well-known "graveyard of empires." That may be one reason why he is so persistent about not getting involved in the long-term process of nation-building, which is also full of too many hidden landmines. That is why he is so persistent about telling all his advisors, "I'm not 'nation-building' in Afghanistan." How else would he win in Afghanistan? A cursory description of the Obama administration handling of the war in Afghanistan gives one a vivid description of how driven President Obama really is about getting out of Afghanistan. In a way that is refreshing when one recalls how obsessive George W. Bush was about invading–that is getting embroiled in–Iraq. But the stark contrast between the passions of these two presidents leads to the same outcome: America's continued involvement in two very dangerous places, except prospects of winning in Afghanistan appear dim at best. (mo
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The Kamikaze Act of a Special Forces Warrior

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 23, 2010, No Comments

The "runaway" General, Stanley McChrystal, was fired today by President Barack Obama. The general committed a number of major faux pas. First, he granted a candid interview to a tabloid magazine, Rolling Stone, seemingly without establishing strict ground rules about what can or cannot be reported. Second, his key aides adopted trashy language to disparage Vice President Joe Biden and James Jones, Obama's National Security Advisor, a retired Marine Corps four-star general and former SACEUR commander. Third, McChrystal's low regard, if not contempt, for Obama also came through loud and clear in that interview. (more…)
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Political Legitimacy: Key to Victory in Afghanistan

by Ehsan Ahrari on May 10, 2010, No Comments

As new idiosyncrasies of the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan are becoming pronounced, one wonders how many of them are pushing it toward a potential disaster, which President Barack Obama is as determined to avoid as his three predecessors – Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and George W. Bush – did in Vietnam and Iraq, respectively. Every new president's approach to major unresolved issues is entirely different from those of his immediate predecessor, simply because the predecessor's approach is regarded as inept or even wrong-headed. So, the successor proceeds to 'reinvent the wheel' on those issues by approaching it entirely differently. Since Barack Obama entered office criticizing Bush's involvement in and his handling of the Iraq war, his own war – the one in Afghanistan – was going to have his 'superior' mark on it. (more…)