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Danny Sjursen

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Lawrence, KS, United States

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

Recent articles by Danny:

Watching my students turn into soldiers of empire

A new generation of West Pointers joins America’s hopeless wars → Read More

Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire – Countercurrents

Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other’s experiences, accomplishments, and general worth. In July 2001, when I first walked through the gate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point at the ripe young age of 17, the “combat patch” on one’s[Read More...] → Read More

A veteran in a world of never-ending wars and improvised explosive devices

Recently, on a beautiful Kansas Saturday, I fell asleep early, exhausted by the excitement and ultimate disappointment of the Army football team’s double overtime loss to highly favored Michigan. Having turned against America’s forever wars and the U.S. military as an institution while I was still in it, West Point football, I’m almost ashamed to admit, is my last guilty martial pleasure. Still,… → Read More

A Veteran in a World of Never-Ending Wars and Improvised Explosive Devices – Countercurrents

Recently, on a beautiful Kansas Saturday, I fell asleep early, exhausted by the excitement and ultimate disappointment of the Army football team’s double overtime loss to highly favored Michigan. Having turned against America’s forever wars and the U.S. military as an institution while I was still in it, West Point football, I’m almost ashamed to admit, is my last[Read More...] → Read More

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Insane and Ill-Advised: Trump’s Future War with Iran, Part 2 – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Part 1 | Part 2 Iran is an enigma to most American policymakers. Iranian foreign and defense policies, according to Kenneth Katzman, are “products of overlapping, and sometimes contradictory, motivations.” The key question is whether Iran is an expansionist, theocratic, Shia-chauvinist state, or a rational, defensive bulwark with only limited regional aspirations. While it is a bit of both, it… → Read More

Insane and Ill-Advised

It’s an inconvenient truth: the president of the United States has no coherent foreign policy. Period. At times Donald Trump talks sensibly about pulling out of quagmires in Syria and Afghanistan, while simultaneously ratcheting up threats against America’s favorite (at least since 1979) punching bag — Iran. He’s also loaded up his administration with the most hawkish of Iranophobes: National… → Read More

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Insane and Ill-Advised: Trump’s Future War with Iran, Part 1 – The Future of Freedom Foundation

Part 1 | Part 2 [to be posted] It’s an inconvenient truth: the president of the United States has no coherent foreign policy. Period. At times Donald Trump talks sensibly about pulling out of quagmires in Syria and Afghanistan, while simultaneously ratcheting up threats against America’s favorite (at least since 1979) punching bag — Iran. He’s also loaded up his administration with the most… → Read More

How America’s Wars End (Messily) –

by Danny Sjursen Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it’s certainly been on the mind of this retired U.S. Army major who fou… → Read More

Only Nixon could go to China, and maybe only Trump can end the war in Afghanistan

Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it’s certainly been on the mind of this retired US Army major who fought in that land so long ago. And here’s the context in which I’ve been thinking about that very possibility. → Read More

Could Donald Trump End the Afghan War? – Countercurrents

Could Donald Trump end the Afghan war someday? I don’t know if such a possibility has been on your mind, but it’s certainly been on the mind of this retired U.S. Army major who fought in that land so long ago. And here’s the context in which I’ve been thinking about that very possibility. Back in the previous century, it[Read More...] → Read More

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

US Troops Are Back in Saudia Arabia

It was big news. U.S. military forces streamed into Saudi Arabia in response to a supposedly serious threat to the kingdom’s eastern region. The American troops were invited by nervous Saudi royals; it wasn’t an American invasion per se. Everything unfolded smoothly at first; still, the consequences would be severe for the United States. Pick up the latest Military Times, or any other news… → 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