Yesterday I wrote a piece on BraveNewFilms on the U.S. military’s use of outrage-stoking home raids in Afghanistan. (The point: these kinds of raids led directly to the uprising in Fallujah in 2003 that included the bodies of Blackwater contractors being hung over a bridge which then led to U.S. forces decimating Fallujah. That was the moment many observers point to as the true beginning of the insurgency in Iraq. Our use of these raids shows that the U.S. military has not learned lessons from the Iraq experience, and when they try to portray a proposed escalation in Afghanistan as “applying the lessons of Iraq,” it doesn’t pass the smell test.)
The post is now being promo’d on The Huffington Post. Go check it out and see what you think.