Author Archives: Danny Sjursen

The Generals Won’t Save Us From the Next War

The brass are careerists, never punished for their mistakes, quietly assenting to the latest doomed interventions.

Yes, My Fellow Soldiers Died in Vain

Iraq vet recalls two friends, one killed in action, the other a suicide—but can’t explain or understand what it meant.

The Left Needs to Stop Crushing on the Generals

Just because liberals don’t like Trump doesn’t mean the brass are their saviors—or even good strategists.

America Is Headed For Military Defeat in Afghanistan

It is time to acknowledge this is more than political. We can lose on the battlefield, and it’s happening right now.

Will Iraq Become Another ‘Lesson Lost’ Like Vietnam?

The Army commissioned, then sat on a 1,300-page evaluation of the war. It probably fell short of the truth anyway.

Don’t Replace Nikki Haley at the United Nations

Let’s just take our ball and go home—like we always do.

Afghan Futility and the Not-So-Curious Case of Lieutenant Jordan Rich

Want to know why we failed in Afghanistan? Ask a soldier who was tasked with solving everything.

In Search of the ‘Short, Serious War’ Unicorn

The military prefers to plan for the conflict it wants, one that may never happen again.

Parade of Defeat: Trump Prefers Spectacle Over Strategy

With the U.S. military stuck in countless indecisive wars, what exactly are we celebrating?

‘We’re Killing These Kids, We’re Breaking the Army!’

Our soldiers are still redeploying at a frenetic pace that cannot keep up with reality—and the cracks are showing.

The Best Way to Honor a Vet is With the Truth

Clinging to myths about Iraq and Vietnam only guarantees more war.

Our Quest For ‘Absolute Security’ Guarantees Forever War

It’s not just the neocons. This is a deeply rooted American problem.

Leave Veterans and Soldiers Out of the Anthem Debate

We’re not monolithic tools to be used for your free speech or liberty arguments.

Where Are the Brave Military Voices Against Forever War?

Today, my peers are silent.

How We Got Here

The misuse of American military power and the Middle East in chaos