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Dr. Bernard Finel is a Senior Fellow at The American Security Project. He was Associate Professor of Military Strategy and Operations at the U.S. National War College from 2004-2006. He has also served as Executive Director of the Security Studies Program and the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University (2002-2004); and Associate Director of the SSP from 1997 to 2001 while on the faculty of the program from 1997 to 2004. He is co-editor and co-author of Power and Conflict in the Age of Transparency and Ultimate Security: Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Breaking The Commitment Trap in Iraq
Remaining in Iraq demonstrates weakness. Staying the course indefinitely is a policy driven by fear.
Like the war in Iraq today, Vietnam was a conflict whose strategic importance came not from the inherent stakes of the dispute, but rather from the perception that a premature withdrawal would signal weakness, embolden our enemies, and cause our friends to lose hope.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007(1 comments)
If He Did It: The Coming Attack on Iran
A United States attack on an increasingly defiant Iran is imminent, but we have yet to hear the debate acknowledge this inevitability. If we fail to address the strategy and likely consequences of such an action, we are bound to repeat the mistakes that have mired this nation in a difficult conflict in Iraq. We need to start talking about what no one wants to talk about. War is again on the horizon.
Saturday, October 6, 2007(2 comments)
What We've Lost Since Tora Bora
The sixth anniversary of the start of Operation Enduring Freedom (October 7) is an appropriate time to reflect on U.S. progress or lack thereof -- in the global war on terror and should be a rallying point for those who believe America has lost too much blood, treasure, time, focus, momentum and credibility pursuing policies that hurt rather than help defeat the greatest threat of our generation violent jihadism.