Thursday, December 25, 2014


Observation notes


4,486 American service personnel were killed and more than thirty thousand wounded, the total financial cost by some estimates could approach $2 trillion.

Those who preconceived the war used information selectively, marginalized dissent and evaded analysis that could threaten their preconception. They had a compelling model, but it did not reflect reality.

The U.S. military was unprepared to deal with Sunni uprising, Shia violence, or Sunni-Shia warfare—let alone all three


The IDF detects a clear operational improvement in Hezbollah due to the combat experience acquired in Syria.