I got 1,935 words done yesterday on my national novel writing month novel. It’s titled Black Coats and Crowns, tentatively. I’m working on the novel in such a way that I’m also doing a series of world-building exercises at the same time, so I’m developing some of Orien that I’ve not worked with before.
Academically, it’s going to be a rough day. I didn’t get much sleep last night, because after I hung up with I was tired, but I wanted to read for a while before going to bed. I decided to check out the archive of William Lind’s columns. I wound up reading the whole thing, which took until 1:30 or so in the morning. Then I lay awake thinking about it for another hour and a half before I could really settle and go to sleep.
Lind’s basic point is that for thirty or so years, the nation-state, and the nation-state’s monopoly on war-making capabilities, has been steadily eroding, and at present the U.S. military’s culture is fighting based on principles that were discredited by the First World War. Meanwhile, we are facing off against organizations that are not states, do not operate like states, and do not fight like states, and which are therefore more maneuverable, less vulnerable, and more likely to remain operational for long periods of time.
His most stunning example is that the US presently spends $500 million to buy one stealth bomber, and the non-state-organization’s stealth bomber looks like a car or a truck.
The sequence of columns is stunning; he predicted back in February or March that we would not be fighting the Iraqi state in Iraq. Rather, we would be fighting a series of increasingly fragmented guerilla movements, each of which would have its own leadership, its own fighters, and its own agenda.
William Lind scares me.