Articles by Josh Manchester

Realizing Anti-Qaeda

This is the second in a two-part series on stateless warfighting. The first part can be found here. In his controversial remarks a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich wondered whether a new kind of Geneva Convention might be necessary:... Read More

Al Qaeda for the Good Guys: The Road to Anti-Qaeda

Stateless warfighting organizations are all the rage these days. From Al Qaeda to Blackwater, they come in all shapes and sizes and pursue all varieties of ends. Consider: Al Qaeda is an organization funded by a Saudi tycoon's heir,... Read More

Counternarratives and the Grunt

When it comes to ground forces, the American press has a standard template for wartime narratives. Developed in World War II, it has morphed over the years (to the detriment of the perception of our forces) but has remained... Read More

Why Newt Is Right

What does Newt Gingrich have in common with two accomplished nuclear strategists? Philip Bobbitt has served in national security positions in the US Senate and the Clinton administration. He teaches constitutional law at the University of Texas and strategy... Read More

Go Native

A super-secret group of military officers studying Iraq found its conclusions leaked to the press last week. The Washington Post reported that the group has developed three options, "Go big," "Go long," or "Go home." The group is said... Read More

What a Strange Way to Wage a War

I found myself seated at a meeting the other day next to a correspondent for an influential national news outlet. The discussion turned to Iraq. Having spent several years covering the Balkans in the 1990s, my counterpart voiced his... Read More

Why Intellectuals Love Defeat

James Carroll, recently writing in the Boston Globe, wondered if America could finally accept defeat in Iraq, and be the better for it, comparing it to Vietnam: "But what about the moral question? For all of the anguish felt... Read More

"Like Rumsfeld, Only Smaller"

After returning from Iraq in 2003, I found myself preparing to leave active-duty in 2004. For some reason, I encountered several interesting articles about Donald Rumsfeld and came to be pretty impressed with the guy. I don't mean his... Read More

Government in Time of War

Recently President Bush met with a select group of opinion columnists. Their reports paint an image of a White House that is operating at a very different level than most news stories and Democratic critics have otherwise intimated. Even... Read More

The Most Dangerous Game

Sometimes I think evil is a tangible thing -- with wave lengths, just as sound and light have. An evil place can, so to speak, broadcast vibrations of evil.-- Richard Connell, The Most Dangerous Game What is the most dangerous... Read More

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