Danny Sjursen, Lew Rockwell

Danny Sjursen

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Lawrence, KS, United States

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Recent:
  • Lew Rockwell
  • FFF
Past:
  • Salon.com
  • Countercurrents.org
  • AlterNet
  • LobeLog
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Toward Freedom
  • Defense One
  • RealClearDefense
  • RealClearPolitics
  • HNN
  • and more…

Recent articles by Danny:

Afghanistan Exit: Swift, Responsible Disengagement

The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for more than seventeen years. Despite many years of effort and billions spent, the U.S. military is still suffering casualties in that remote land. In 2017, fourteen American soldiers died in Afghanistan — some, in fact, shot from behind by their supposed local allies. Already, through January 2019, two more American troopers have been killed.… → Read More

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Afghanistan Exit: Swift, Responsible Disengagement, Part 2 – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Part 1 | Part 2 Since the supposed end of the American combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, the primary mission of U.S. military forces has been to train, support, and bolster the ANDSF (Afghan National Defense and Security Forces) in order to ensure their long-term success and ability to secure the country. This effort is at least sixteen years old, but the outcomes have been disappointing.… → Read More

Troika fever: Key American allies in the Middle East are the real tyrants

National Security Advisor John Bolton labeled Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua a "troika of tyranny" → Read More

Key American Allies in the Middle East Are the Real Tyrants – Countercurrents

American foreign policy can be so retro, not to mention absurd. Despite being bogged down in more military interventions than it can reasonably handle, the Trump team recently picked a new fight — in Latin America. That’s right! Uncle Sam kicked off a sequel to the Cold War with some of our southern neighbors, while resuscitating the boogeyman of socialism.[Read More...] → Read More

Why Mike Pence’s West Point address should keep us awake at night – A

This piece originally appeared on anti-war.com. Time was that a stint, or even a career, in the military did not necessarily translate into any serious. → Read More

The Forever Wars Go On Without Me –

by Danny Sjursen I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for m… → Read More

Goodbye to All That

“Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners.” — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That(1929). I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I’d tired of carrying water for empire and… → Read More

My official goodbye to a military, and a nation, engaged in an Orwellian set of forever wars

“Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners.” -- Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That(1929). I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine e → Read More

Danny Sjursen, On Leaving the U.S. Army – Countercurrents

“Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners.” — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That(1929). I’m one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was[Read More...] → Read More

I was an Army grunt at the pointy end of the American spear. But no longer

I hope more serving officers and troops tell Americans the score about our brutal, hopeless forever wars. → Read More

The World According to the ‘Adults in the Room’

Leave it to liberals to pin their hopes on the oddest things. In particular, they seemed to find post-Trump solace in the strange combination of the two-year-old Mueller investigation and the good judgment of certain Trump appointees, the proverbial “adults in the room.” Remember that crew? It once included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former ExxonMobil CEO, and a trio of active and… → Read More

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Trump Is Right to Withdraw Troops from Syria

If Afghanistan is America’s longest war, and Iraq it’s dumbest, well then Syria must rank as the nation’s forgotten, and, potentially most treacherous war. Only you’d never know it. The big three television news networks hardly mention the U.S. military’s continued involvement there and national newspapers relegate the Syrian campaign to the deep recesses of their foreign policy sections.… → Read More

This is what it looks like when imperialism comes home

What exactly was “beautiful” about our barbed wire accomplishment? We’d turned a local village into a prison camp and controlled the access of native civilians to their own fields and homes. You have to hand it to him—the man has a way with words and he sure knows how to fire up his base. Early in November, President Donald Trump addressed a crowd of supporters in Montana, and he gushed with… → Read More

Global war to infinity and beyond

Still trapped in a greater Middle Eastern quagmire, the U.S. military prepares for global combat → Read More

Planet of War: The U.S. Military Prepares for Global Combat

With Pentagon budgets reaching record levels -- some $717 billion for 2019 -- Washington has stayed the course, while beginning to plan for more expansive future conflicts across the globe. Today, not a single square inch of this ever-warming planet of ours escapes the reach of U.S. militarization. → Read More

The US military prepares for global combat — while still trapped in a Middle Eastern quagmire of its own creation

"It is often said that, in an Orwellian sense, every nation needs an enemy to unite and discipline its population." American militarism has gone off the rails -- and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced various indecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle… → Read More

U.S. policy is responsible for insider attacks at war

Policies since 9/11 have alienated millions of Muslims across the Greater Middle East, leading to terror plots → Read More

Danny Sjursen

Danny Sjursen is a fellow at Defense Priorities. He served combat tours with U.S. Army reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. → Read More

Avoid the Next 'Dumb' War

While on the campaign trail, President Trump labeled the 2003 invasion of Iraq a “dumb war,” and the “worst decision” in American History. These statements should have received praise from... → Read More

War and the imperial presidency

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