politics by other means
At the terrific blog Arms and Influence
, you can read a smart and steady stream of military analysis from a (barely) pseudonymous UC Irvine political science Ph.D.
who wrote his dissertation on the tendency of the United States to misunderstand the shape and significance of so-called "little wars." Start here
, and keep going. Particularly useful are the old posts, such as this one
, linked under the "Exploding Myths" heading in the left column.