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William Lind
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Military writer. He wrote the Maneuver Warfare Handbook (Westview Press, 1985). He co-authored the article, “The Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth Generation,” published in The Marine Corps Gazette (October 1989), which introduced the concept of “Fourth Generation War.” The following articles appeared on Military.com.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Military Intelligence  (June 11, 2003, reprinted the 14th)
“It is now evident that Saddam Hussein’s possession of vast quantities of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is about as likely as Mars having canals, complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers.  ...  Since Saddam’s WMD were one of the principal stated reasons for this strategically curious war, their absence is something more than a social faux pas. Were the American and British publics, as Pat Buchanan puts it, lied into war? If they were, it would not be the first time. In Britain, the practice goes back at least as far as the 18th century and the War of Jenkin’s Ear. Americans were lied into World War I by cartoons of German soldiers bayoneting Belgian babies and into Vietnam by a Tonkin Gulf torpedo boat attack that never happened.  ...  It may be – though I doubt it – that our intelligence agencies really believed Saddam had all that stuff [WMD]. But even if that is what they reported to the decision-makers, the decision-makers should have known better to swallow it.”

What is to be Done  (August 25, 2003)
Mr. Lind says that the U.S. should simply withdraw from Iraq, that this “will not be a defeat for America, because America never had any interests at stake in Iraq in the first place. ... the notion that Iraq constituted a threat to American security was pure invention. Genuine threats to American security may arise in a post-state Mesopotamia, but we have already created that monster and we will have to live with it.  ...  An American withdrawal from Iraq will be a defeat for the neocon clique that started the war in the first place. To that I say, ‘Hurrah!’ The sooner the neocons are defeated and driven from power, the less the chance that American soldiers will be sent to die in more unnecessary and strategically counterproductive wars.”

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth  (Sept. 5, 2003)
“Bush Administration statements saying that Saddam was working with al Qaeda turned out to be nonsense. Now, however, thanks to the fact that America destroyed the Iraqi state, Mesopotamia is acting as a magnet to Islamic non-state fighters of every stripe. We opened Iraq’s door to all our worst enemies.  ...  The official answer [to this problem] ... is to ‘stay the course.’ Having turned Iraq into a haven for terrorists, we need to stay there until we fight and defeat them. This is not likely to work. The problem is that our presence in Iraq does not merely draw terrorists – it generates them. The American occupation of Iraq is the same kind of priceless gift to Osama and company that the Allied demand for unconditional surrender in World War II was to master Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. It is the enemy’s best recruiting poster.
“A better answer – there is no really good answer, other than not to have destroyed the Iraqi state in the first place – is to get out ...”

Curiouser and Curiouser  (October 30, 2003)
“Since Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction and was not working with non-state, Fourth Generation forces (aka ‘terrorists’), what are the real reasons America attacked Iraq? For oil? For Israel? For world dominion? Everyone speculates, because the official answers don’t make sense.”

Reality 1, Neo-cons 0  (March 3, 2004)
He says America’s foreign policy has been “captured by a gang of ignorant and reckless adventurers.” He refers to “neo-con led follies.”

Work For The Grossgeneralstab  (May 12, 2004)
He recommends planning for a retreat from Iraq. “The neo-cons in the Bush administration and their toadies in the Pentagon will no doubt howl if the military starts contingency planning for a forced withdrawal. Listen up, guys: do it anyway. You don’t have to tell them. Just make sure the plan is in the file.”

Greater Denmark, the Neo-barbs and the War With Sweden  (September 2, 2004)
Semi-humorous satire:  Israel  Denmark,  Iraq  Sweden,  neoconservatives → neobarbarians,  etc.

Iraq’s WMD Factory  (May 5, 2004)
“The invasion and occupation of Iraq by America have created the greatest recruiting drive in history – for the other side.  ...  When the full scope of America’s defeat in the Wars of Mass Destruction ignited by Iraq becomes apparent, the political result is likely to go far beyond any election, especially an election in America’s one-party Republicrat state (you get two candidates, but they both represent the same thing.) We are likely to see that interesting time known by historians as ‘change of dynasty,’ where a defective and corrupt Establishment is all swept away.”

That Flapping Sound You Hear  (May 22, 2007)
“... multiculturalism is the death of states. ... ... states that tolerate, or worse, encourage multiple cultural loyalties – as multiculturalism commands – become battlegrounds.”

The Not Inevitable Future  (May 16, 2007)
Review of John Robb's book Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism and the End of Globalization.

Van Creveld’s Lessons  (April 25, 2007)
Review of Martin Van Creveld’s book The Changing Face of War.

The Blinking Red Light  (April 4, 2007)
About the March 23th Iranian seizure of 15 British sailors and Marines in the Shatt-al-Arab.

Operation Anabasis  (March 29, 2007)
“While dilettantes believe the attack is the most difficult military art, most soldiers know better. Carrying out a successful retreat is usually far harder.”

Flickers of Light  (March 22, 2007)
“Every tactical success merely moves us closer to giving Iran a new ally in the form of a restored Iraqi state under Shiite domination. The more tactical successes we win, the worse our strategic situation gets.”

More Conversations, Less Powerpoint  (March 14, 2007)
“The U.S. military has carried the formal meeting’s uselessness to a new height with its unique cultural totem, the Powerpoint brief.”

Washington Dodgers at Bat  (March 7, 2007)
“ ‘Supporting the troops’ is just another dodge. The only way to support the troops when a war is lost is to end the war and bring them home.”

The Non-thinking Enemy  (February 27, 2007)
“One of the rituals attending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when our opponents score a goal, is for an American general to ... announce ... that ‘we face a thinking enemy.’ Wow. Who ever would have imagined that the enemy might think and learn?”

A Swedish Lesson From Below  (February 21, 2007)
“... the Swedish word for military intelligence: underrättelser. The literal translation of underrättelser is ‘correction from below.’ ”

Distributed or Dumb?  (February 13, 2007)
“Review of Lt. General J. F. Amos's paper on ‘Distributed Operations.’ ”

Raise or Cross the Bar?  (February 6, 2007)
Review of Major Don Vandergriff’s book Raising the Bar: Creating and Nurturing Adaptability to Deal with the Changing Face of War.

The Real Game  (January 29, 2007)
“[Shiites] let the Americans take the brunt of the fight with armed Sunni organizations, whether nationalist or Baathist or Al Qaeda or whomever, while [they] get the softer job of terrorizing Sunni civilians and forcing them out.”

On His Majesty’s Birthday  (January 24, 2007)
“ ‘Is our war in Iraq then the equivalent of Spain's war in the Netherlands?’ I asked. ‘That parallel is an interesting one’, Olivares replied.”

Variables of War  (January 18, 2007)
“... the White House will order a series of small ‘border incidents’, U.S. pinpricks similar to last week’s raid on an Iranian mission in Kurdistan, intended to provoke Iranian retaliation. That retaliation will then be presented as an Iranian attack on U.S. forces, with the air raids on Iranian nuclear targets called ‘retaliation.’ ”

Somalia Restored?  (January 5, 2007)
“It is too soon to know what the outcome [in Somalia] will be. However, we might want to ask the question, what does each side need to accomplish in order to succeed?”

Knocking Opportunity  (December 11, 2006)
“The Iraq Study Group Report is not a recipe for defeat, but an acknowledgment of defeat.”

Boomerang Effect  (December 6, 2006)
“After they return to the U.S. and leave the military, they will take what they learned in Iraq back to the inner cities, to the ethnic groups, gangs, and other alternate loyalties they left when they joined the service.”

More Troops?  (November 30, 2006)
“The latest serpent at which a drowning Washington Establishment is grasping is the idea of sending more American troops to Iraq.”

Lose a War; Lose an Election  (November 13, 2006)
“While both parties want to get out [of Iraq], neither has nor will be able to create a consensus on how to get out. ... The result will be paralysis and a continuation of the war.”

Strategic Counteroffensive  (October 30, 2006)
“... more than 500,000 Moslems invade Europe [as immigrants] every year across the Mediterranean. Millions of Iraqi Sunnis will attempt to join that migration.”

Why We Still Fight  (October 12, 2006)
“The answer is breathtaking in its cynicism: so the retreat from Iraq happens on the next president's watch. That is why we still fight.”

Down Mexico Way  (September 7, 2006)
“One can almost hear President Bush solemnly informing the American people that we must teach the Mexicans to elect good men.”

Israel’s Regression  (September 1, 2006)
“Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud ‘Chopped Liver’ Olmert announced that the planned inquiry into Israel’s defeat in Lebanon would be indefinitely delayed.”

Beginning to Learn  (August 24, 2006)
“Of all the many disappointments of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, perhaps the saddest has been the American military’s seeming inability to learn ... Perhaps that is beginning to change.”

Beat!  (August 17, 2006)
“With today's cease-fire in Lebanon, the second Hezbollah-Israeli War is temporarily in remission. So far, Israel has been beaten.”

To Be or Not To Be a State?  (July 5, 2006)
“When the Washington Establishment calls for “free elections,” what it means is elections that elect the people it wants to deal with.”

Aaugh!  (June 19, 2006)
“The last time a nation's civilian and military leadership was this incapable of learning from experience was under the Ching dynasty.”

Blood Stripes  (June 13, 2006)
“David Danelo’s new book ... comes on the market at exactly the right time.”

The Power of Weakness  (June 8, 2006)
“The investigations of Marines for possible murders of Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November and, more recently, in Hamdaniyah, seem set to follow the usual course.”

The French Other  (April 6, 2006)
“... invasion by immigrants who do not acculturate is more dangerous than invasion by the Army of a foreign state.”

The Army’s Truth in Advertising  (March 29, 2006)
“... the focus on acquiring and justifying resources corrupts, not in the sense of people taking money under the table but in the more profound sense of corruption of institutional purpose. ”

Reorganization or Reform?  (March 17, 2006)
If the Army’s senior leadership wants reform and not mere reorganization, order that the Army may have only half as many officers in headquarters as it did under the previous structure.

Army Wins One  (March 3, 2006)
“West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center, a project of the Military Academy's Department of Social Sciences, has just published one of the most thoughtful and potentially most useful papers anyone has written on the so-called ‘War on Terrorism.’ ”

The Long War  (February 8, 2006)
“... in its blatant disconnect between programs and reality, the Rumsfeld Pentagon may this time have overplayed its hand.”

Exit Strategy  (November 4, 2005)
“I think it is time I offered my own exit strategy for Iraq. Everyone in Washington except those in the Bushbunker knows we need an exit strategy; few have offered one.”

True Confessions  (October 28, 2005)
“On October 19, 2005, the American Secretary of State, aka the Tea Lady, did something extraordinary for the Bush administration. She told the truth.”

Sichelschnitt  (October 21, 2005)
“The German attack through the Ardennes, called Sichelschnitt or sickle-cut, promised to be decisive operationally.”

Important Distinctions  (September 26, 2005)
“The Soviet Union's defeat in Afghanistan played a central role in the collapse of the Soviet state. Could the American defeat in Iraq have similar consequences here?”

Blunders and Opportunities  (September 15, 2005)
“The Post reported that, ‘Some of the American soldiers taunted the detainees by asking them, “Can you say Abu Ghraib?” ’ So much for winning at the moral level.”

In Defense of His Majesty  (September 9, 2005)
“History has not been kind to Kaiser Wilhelm, unfairly in my view ...”

Wars and Rumors of Wars  (September 1, 2005)
“If a strategy initially based on lies must rely on more lies for its continuation, it is probably not pointed toward success.”

Some Responses  (August 25, 2005)
“The larger question still remains: is a militia best-equipped to defend against Fourth Generation threats?”

Getting Swept  (August 18, 2005)
“If the people of Cleveland and other places like Cleveland ever figure out what's really going on, there's going to be hell to pay.”

Modern War Symposium, Part II   (August 10, 2005)
“If the militia idea is on the right track, it would reinforce rather than undermine the qualities of a true republic.”

Modern War Symposium  (August 3, 2005)
“What might a state armed service designed for 4GW look like?”

The Duke of Alba  (July 27, 2005)
“I somehow doubt that history will accept the Bush administration’s Newspeak name for the invasion of Iraq, ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom.’ Might ‘Operation Duke of Alba’ be a more credible substitute?”

The Marx-Mohammed Pact  (July 21, 2005)
“In the real world, ‘diversity’ is a synonym for Fourth Generation war on your own soil.”

Hunting for Cops  (July 14, 2005)
“When it comes to Fourth Generation war, an ounce of prevention is worth many pounds of cure.”

4th Generation War Manual  (July 7 , 2005)
“The Russians have an old saying, ‘Best is enemy of good enough.’ American Marines and soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan need a guide of some sort for the new kind of war they find themselves facing.”

Doing It Right  (June 29, 2005)
“Not wanting to fight is key to success in Fourth Generation war.”

The Sun Also Rises  (June 24, 2005)
“Without American support, any rising of the Japanese sun will quickly prove a mirage made of hot air.

The Other War  (June 21, 2005)
“We have to accept that the Afghanistan we have is as good as it is going to get.”

Striking Back at the Empire (June 9, 2005)
“Like the French Bourbons, the Euroelites forget nothing and they learn nothing. The future does not belong to them.”

Wreck It and Run  (June 2, 2005)
“The ‘wreck it and run’ civilian management drove America’s armed forces into the ground.”

Of Cabbages and Kings  (May 25, 2005)
“To bureaucracies what is important is not external reality but covering your own backside politically.”

War With China?  (May 18, 2005)
“I regard a war with China – hot or cold – as perhaps the greatest strategic blunder the U.S. could make.”

The Reality Gap  (May 11, 2005)
“When a country adopts a wildly adventuristic military policy, as we have done since the Cold War ended, it gets beaten.”

Fool’s Paradise  (May 5, 2005)
“What is going on here? Are we really safer, or is Washington living in a fool’s paradise?”

More on Gangs & Guerillas vs. the State  (April 28, 2005)
“How long will it be before al Qaeda and other Islamic non-state forces make their own alliances with the drug gangs and people smugglers who are experts in getting across America’s southern border?”

MS-13 vs. Minutemen?  (April 21, 2005)
“If MS-13 does not attack the Minutemen, that too may be an act of war, and a highly sophisticated one.”

On Strategy  (April 15, 2005)
“My suggestion to the Marines was that they think about our strategy in Iraq as a real-world problem.”

Are Iraq’s Insurgents Losing?  (April 7, 2005)
“How can a state be legitimate when its government is a foreign creation propped up by foreign troops?”

Lebanon Baloney  (April 1, 2005)
“Why would the neo-cons and the Bush administration they dominate want a renewed Lebanese civil war?”

On Killing  (March 23, 2005)
“It seems to me that the bottom line [of Fourth Generation war] needs to be, not killing, but winning.”

Where is Charles Martel?  (March 16, 2005)
“Strategically, Islamic immigration is a far greater threat to Europe than Al Qaeda’s terrorism.”

More Newspeak  (March 8, 2005)
“The proliferation of militias points to a fact about the war in Iraq: it’s increasingly taking on the nature of a civil war.”

Turkish Delight  (March 1, 2005)
“By invading and occupying Iraq, a country that posed no threat to us, ... we have made America into a monster.”

Opportunity Knocks  (February 23, 2005)
“Splitting our opposition and working with as much of it as we can is the only possible light at the end of the Iraqi tunnel.”

Fin de Siecle  (February 15, 2005)
“What small incident will it be this time that causes the house of cards to collapse?”

More Election Ju-ju   (February 9, 2005)
“An occupying American army can protect an election, but it cannot create a state.”

Duce? Not to Us  (February 1, 2005)
“The danger now facing America is one of the many ills released from that Pandora’s Box, the French Revolution: abstract nationalism.”

FMFM 1-A  (January 25, 2005)
“Before you can fight Fourth Generation war successfully, you have to understand it.”

Coming Unglued  (January 21, 2005)
“In Iraq, America has made bad decisions and then not made corrections.”

The Sorrows of Old Werther  (January 13, 2005)
“The rise of 4GW mark the real beginning of the new century, a century that will be defined by people who believe.”

Jena  (January 5, 2005)
“We lost in Jena because we were still the army of Frederick the Great, but war had changed. The Americans in Iraq have the same problem.”

Little Stalingrad  (December 22, 2004)
“Like Stalingrad, Fallujah will mark the point where the war turned against the invader.”

Election Ju-ju  (December 17, 2004)
“What is the chance that Sistani can recreate a real state in Iraq? Unfortunately, not very good.”

The March of Folly, Continued  (December 8, 2004)
“Is there anyone left in Washington who can think strategically? If there is, it seems their voices go unheard.”

4GW on the Home Front  (December 1, 2004)
“Invasion by immigration easily can be more dangerous than invasion by a foreign army.”

Last Exit Before Gas  (November 29, 2004)
“Like the Syracuse Expedition, a victory in Iraq would have given America little in the war against its real enemies, Islamic non-state forces.”

Tactics of the Crescent Moon  (November 17, 2004)
Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods should be in the backpack of every American soldier and Marine.”

Germany’s Blunder  (November 10, 2004)
“Washington needs a Bismarck, but in the camp of the neo-cons, all it can find are many Holsteins.”

The Sling and the Stone  (November 5, 2004)
“As is so often the case in the Fourth Generation, what seems weak is strong and what seems strong is weak.”

Election Day  (October 29, 2004)
“It is not just time for a new king; it is time for a new dynasty.”

Fallujah and the Moral Level of War  (October 21, 2004)
“The rest of the world can see the hypocrisy, even if what passes for America’s ‘leaders’ cannot.”

Keeping Our SA Up  (October 6, 2004)
“If you allow yourself to focus on just one aspect of the Fourth Generation threat, you’re gonna get hosed.”

The Grand Illusion  (October 1, 2004)
“The core problem is ... the ‘state’ Iraqi security forces are being told to fight for has no legitimacy.”

Destroying The National Guard  (September 24, 2004)
“Versailles on the Potomac does not care about the rest of the country in any respect, so long as the tax dollars keep coming in.”

Learning Curve  (September 14, 2004)
“You can’t use yesterday’s techniques that are always done the same way, the new priority becomes adapting and inventing techniques.”

Stage Three  (September 10, 2004)
“The war in the Sunni triangle is shifting its base from the Baath Party, which still operates within the framework of the state, to religious elements which do not.”

The Desert Fox   (August 27, 2004)
“From al-Sadr’s perspective, the fact that he suffered a defeat is far less important than the fact he fought the Americans.”

Seeing Through The Other Side’s Eyes  (August 11, 2004)
“The story is a blow-by-blow, hour-by-hour tale of the Khobar raid.”

Corruption In The Corps?  (August 5, 2004)
“Are defense contractors flying Marines to Vegas for free weekends of poker, booze and floozies?”

Reorganization, Not Reform  (July 28, 2004)
“Intelligence agencies want to offer policy-makers a single, agreed option, coupled with the message, ‘Everything is fine with us, except we need more money.’ ”

Civil War In Iraq?  (July 21, 2004: )
“At the moral level, virtually all the other factions have greater legitimacy than the ‘government.’ ”

4GW in the Sudan  (July 15, 2004)
“The Fourth Generation marks the end of modern war and the modern age, and nowhere do we see that more clearly than in places like the Sudan.”

The October Surprise?  (July 8, 2004)
“It is a safe bet that Israel is planning a strike on known Iranian nuclear facilities, and that such a strike will take place. The question is when.”

Spillover  (July 2, 2004)
“How are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan going? Perhaps the best way to answer that question is to look at what is happening in Saudi Arabia.”

The Canon, continued  (June 25, 2004)
“Soldiers as well as scholars need a framework if they are to make sense out of the world around them. The canon offers the best framework I know.”

The Canon  (June 15, 2004)
“Here, we pick up with a discussion of ‘the canon,’ the seven books which, read in the order given, will take the reader from the First Generation through the Second, the Third and on into the Fourth.”

The Canon and the Four Generations  (June 10, 2004)
“In 4GW, differences between cultures, not just states, become paramount, and other cultures will not fight the way we fight.”

Two Marine Corps  (June 4, 2004)
“The Marine Corps has sat down at the highest-stakes poker game in the world, American defense politics, with 25 cents in its pocket.”

Psyops In Fourth Generation War  (May 25, 2004)
“Psyops [in 4GW] are not what you say but what you do.”

The Power Of Weakness  (May 21, 2004)
“The demoralization and disintegration that come to an army of the strong fighting against the weak were evident at Abu Ghraib prison.”

Back From The Brink?  (April 27, 2004)
“Last week, the Americans in Iraq stood on the brink of not one but three cliffs. Now, in what appears to be a sudden attack of sanity, they have pulled back from the edge of two.”

Why We Get It Wrong  (April 21, 2004)
“One of the few consistencies of the war in Iraq is America’s ability to make the wrong choices.”

"Your Fish, Sir"  (April 14, 2004)
“In the twelve-course meal that is the war in Iraq, America has just been served the first entree.”

The Fourth Generation Seminar, Continued  (April 8, 2004)
“A major challenge to Fourth Generation theory is the conundrum that what works for you at the tactical and physical levels often woks against you at the moral and grand strategic levels.”

The Battle That Wasn’t  (March 29, 2004)
“The American generals in command in Afghanistan made the typical German mistake: they sacrificed the strategic situation to benefit their operational plan.”

The Beginning of Phase Three  (March 22, 2004)
“We are forced into a war of attrition against an enemy who outnumbers us and is far better able to take casualties and still continue the fight.”

Successful Strategic Bombing  (March 17, 2004)
“How could a strategic bombing campaign waged with a handful of explosives-filled backpacks attain such dramatic results when strategic by bombing fleets of aircraft has usually failed?”

Why They Throw Rocks  (March 10, 2004)
“The state’s growing inability to maintain order, in Baghdad or in Washington, is a primary cause of its intensifying crisis of legitimacy.”

The Discreet Charm of the (Washington) Bourgeoisie  (February 27, 2004)
“There is nothing left of the vaunted Council on Foreign Relations, or of the Establishment it represents, but dead leaves and dry bones.”

The Withering Away of the State, Continued  (February 20, 2004)
“Mercenaries mark the state’s loss of its monopoly on war just as surely as do the rise of non-state actors.”

Fifth Generation Warfare?  (February 12, 2004)
“Attempting to visualize a Fifth Generation from where we are now is like trying to see the outlines of the Middle Ages from the vantage point of the late Roman Empire.”

Fifth Generation Warfare?  (February 3, 2004)
“Attempting to visualize a Fifth Generation from where we are now is like trying to see the outlines of the Middle Ages from the vantage point of the late Roman Empire.”

The Discarded Image  (January 27, 2004)
“Not only do virtual realities lead to Hell, they have another drawback, one that a Fourth Generation world will soon bring to the fore: all of them, without exception, eventually collapse.”

The Army’s "Transformation"  (January 21, 2004)
“A Third Generation culture will eventually fix a Second Generation force structure, but no force structure can help a Second Generation military culture.”

More Thoughts from the 4th Generation Seminar  (January 16, 2004)
“You are the commander of the Marine Corps unit that will take over Fallujah in March; what will you do?”

How 2004 Looks From Potsdam   (January 7, 2004)
“At the beginning of a new year, it is traditional for columnists, commentators and other harmless drudges to take a look at their crystal ball and forecast what the year may bring.”

Marley’s List For Santa   (December 30, 2003)
“As I sat by my fireside the other evening, ... drinking a bottle of old Port and occasionally kicking the cat, I thought again about my exemplar, Jacob Marley.”

Understanding Fourth Generation War   (December 19, 2003)
“If the U.S. Army used the capture of Saddam to announce the end of tactics that enrage ordinary Iraqis and drive them toward active resistance, it might buy us a bit of de-escalation. But I don’t think we’ll be that smart.”

How to Fight Fourth Generation War (continued)  (December 12, 2003)
“One key to success in 4GW may be ‘losing to win.’ Part of the reason the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not succeeding is that our initial invasion destroyed the state, creating a happy hunting ground for Fourth Generation forces.”

How to Fight Fourth Generation War  (December 5, 2003)
“The inability to fight battles of encirclement is what led to the failure of Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan, where al Qaeda stood, fought us, and got away with few casualties.”

Worse Than Crimes  (November 25, 2003)
“It is increasingly evident that U.S. Army commanders in Iraq know nothing about guerilla warfare. Over and over, they are ordering actions that are counterproductive.”

Post-Machine Gun Tactics  (November 18, 2003)
“It is of course inexcusable that most of the schools American privates go through still teach pre-machine gun tactics.”

Indicators  (November 4, 2003)
“This week’s tragic shooting down of an Army Chinook helicopter near Fallujah, with the loss of 16 soldiers, may or may not point to a significant new development in the Iraq war.”

Why They Fight  (October 24, 2003)
“A friend of mine recently telephoned to say that he had found the perfect way to win the war in Iraq. ‘Just buy every Iraqi family a wide-screen TV and a satellite dish, and they will be hooked. They will all want to become like us instead of fighting us.’ ”

A Shi’ite Hot Idea  (October 20, 2003)
“Having pushed Iraq’s Sunnis into waging guerrilla war by effectively disenfranchising them when we outlawed the Baath Party, we now seem intent on picking quarrels with Iraq’s two other main groups, the Kurds and the Shi’ites.”

Utopia Means “No Place”  (October 9, 2003)
“Chaos is again on the front page. Former soldiers of the Iraqi army are rioting for their back pay.”

Vive Le Roi!  (September 30, 2003)
“I found old Louis on one of Hell’s minor circles, the one reserved for rulers who sacrificed their country to their own egos.”

How $87 Billion Could Buy Some Real Security  (September 23, 2003)
“President Bush’s request for $87 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will do nothing for America’s security.”

Learning from Uncle Abe  (September 17, 2003)
“The one thing worse than an incompetent commander is an incompetent commander who knows how to [lick boots].”

Some Good News  (September 11, 2003)
“Will the institutions ignore the lessons learned in combat by their own men, as they have ignored what history and historians have been telling them for decades?”

When The Lights Went Out  (August 29, 2003)
“With Iraqis still mostly without electric power or a reliable water supply, much of the Islamic world no doubt rejoiced to see 50 million Americans in the same stew, even briefly. And a whole lot of people realized just how vulnerable Americans, and the American power grid, really are.”

How NOT to Use Light Armored Vehicles  (August 13, 2003)
“The magnitude of the idiocy involved in using Light Armored Vehicles in urban fighting, where they are grapes for RPGs, is so vast that analogies are difficult. Maybe one could compare it to planning a fireworks display on board the Hindenburg.”

A Plague Upon Us  (June 25, 2003)
“First we got AIDs, then West Nile, then SARS, now Monkey Pox. What is going on here? And what does it have to do with war?”

A Sturgiss Pharmacy Prescription  (June 18, 2003)
“Troop morale in Iraq is already reaching late Vietnam War levels. What can be done?”

The Men Who Would Not Be King  (June 3, 2003)
“No one seems willing to take the job of Army Chief of Staff.”

Of Time and the Rivers  (May 29, 2003)
“War on ‘God’s time’ has already fought us to a stalemate in Afghanistan, with very little fighting.”

Is Saddam Really Out of the Game?  (May 23, 2003)
“The war in Iraq is not over. On the contrary, the real war is just beginning.”

Don’t Take John Boyd’s Name in Vain  (May 19, 2003)
“Some senior American military officers and a number of military commentators are now saying that America’s swift victory in the first phase of the war with Iraq shows that the U.S. armed forces have learned the lessons John Boyd tried to teach them. As someone who knew and worked with John Boyd, I have to say, not so fast.”

William Lind’s later articles can be found at  Military.com.