In Harm's Way: U.S. Forces Under Fire

You wanna know how much in the poo the US is in Iraq -- then check out this edition of the program: A World of Possibilities

Full interviews--in Mp3 format -- with:

  • Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Senior Advisor, Center for Defense Information
  • Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director and Founder, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Author, Chasing Ghosts

  • Dr. Juanita Firestone, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, San Antonio

  • Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson,
    Professor, Former Chief of Staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powel

  • And check out this transcript here from and interview with Powel's 2IC, Wilkerson.

This is a liberal show with an angsty world view but it's very good journalism. I mean the genie is out of the bottle and the Vietnam syndrome is scaring everyone in this discourse big time. Not only are they saying that the whole Iraq invasion is a tragic farce but the integrity of the massive US military machine is now at grave risk.

During the Vietnam war -- you didn't get brass hats dissenting like this -- essentially this is a discussion about military strategy and the whole impetus of the US format is being challenged. I mean , how do you deploy a military force today?; how do you invade a country and 'secure' it? If I was a student at Duntroon I'd be wondering about such topics. The core analogy talked up in this exchange is Napoleon's invasion of Russia--a campaign which reduced the French and allied invasion forces to less than two percent of their initial strength.

Of course this is why the nuclear card is so important because it has a low staff to hardware ratio.