August 24, 2006


The Pentagon Plans for The Long War: The Pentagon is close to approving a command for Africa, where poverty and corruption make it a vulnerable area for extremists and terrorists (SALLY B. DONNELLY, 8/24/06, TIME)

In what may be the most glaring admission that the U.S. military needs to dramatically readjust how it will fight what it calls 'the long war,' the Pentagon is expected to announce soon that it will create an entirely new military command to focus on the globe's most neglected region: Africa.

Pentagon sources say that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is close to approving plans for an African Command, which would establish a military organization to singlehandedly deal with the entire continent of Africa. It would be a sign of a significant strategic shift in administration policy, reflecting the need to put more emphasis on pro-active, preventative measures rather than maintaining a defensive posture designed for the Cold War.

The Long War is Philip Bobbit's and mostly won. This smacks more of Thomas Barnett's Gap, much of which still needs to be filled.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2006 9:13 AM

"The long war." Kipling had another turn of phrase for this.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 24, 2006 4:38 PM


Just briefly skimmed your review of The Long War. I remember picking up the book at a bookstore and being impressively astounded that the author dedicated his book to all those who had first led him to perceive the grace of God. It seemed incongruent to be reading a modern book with a dedication that could have been written in the 7th century -- particularly one by an academic.

I haven't read the book yet, but I agree that it's a shame if he subsequently overlooked the effects of Eurpean secularism.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 24, 2006 9:14 PM


Excuse me...the previous comment referred to The Shield of Achilles.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 25, 2006 4:10 AM