The United States won the West, specifically California, with an early form of what Sean McFate would refer to as “shadow warfare.” Putin did something similar in Crimea in 2014. Rather than decry it impotently, the United States should wage its own shadow war in defense of its allies (until Washington and Moscow can actually create a workable peace deal between themselves, that is).
“Most of America’s recent foreign policy woes have emanated from places like the Mideast, Africa, and also Asia. These three regions were once backyards of the British Empire and the British understood how to craft meaningful solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts in these regions.”
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz published a brilliant piece on the War in Afghanistan at the Selous Foundation for Public Policy in June of this year. This is a partial republish of that piece.