General David Petraeus may currently be viewed by many as the military genius who turned around the war in Iraq (and possibly in Afghanistan as well), but will history remember him? Before you answer yes, ponder the case of Field Marshall Count Joseph Radetzky...
Today a judge sentenced Ahmed Ghailani -- the first former Guantanamo Bay detainee put through the civilian court system -- to life in prison for his participation in 1998 East Africa Embassy bombings.
President Obama didn't stop by Detachment 88 Headquarters during his recent visit to Indonesia, but if he had he would have gained valuable insights into strategies to defeat terrorists before they reach the battlefield. Detachment 88 is Indonesian police's counter-terrorism unit, and they've had both notable successes and failures in their efforts against the al Qaeda affiliated Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) group ? all of which provide important counter-terrorism lessons for everyone else. I spent time in the unit's offices during a trip to South-East Asia with a team from the Qatar International Academy for Security Studies (QIASS) tasked with analyzing terrorism risk reduction strategies...
"Too early to tell," was the alleged famed response from Chinese Prime Minister Chou En-Lai in 1972 to U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's question on the effect of the 1789 French Revolution. It's possible that some 183 years from now statesmen will give a similar answer about the long term effect of the November 28, 2010, publication by Wikileaks of some 250,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic cables...
If you rely on headlines and partisan politicians for news, you'd be forgiven for believing that the just-concluded civilian trial of former Guantanamo detainee, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was, as Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) described, "a total miscarriage of justice." It wasn't - certainly not in the way King and others may mean...