The folks at Abu Ghraib not only failed to provide any intel of value, they turned the entire Sunni population against us. Meanwhile, we were getting actionable intel by giving detainees Skittles and a cup of coffee.
In the series Limit Telephotography, Trevor Paglen adapted the super-strength telescopes, normally used to shoot distant planets, to reveal top-secret U.S. governmental sites, sometimes 65 miles away from his camera; covert bases, so remote they cannot be seen by an unaided civilian eye from any point on Earth.
Before I forget them, I want to gather together the best articles I’ve read on strategy, tactics, and war. If you want to understand why the U.S. keeps winning battles yet losing wars, here’s a good starting point:
Orange Jihad Attacks! - Carl Prine, Line of Departure, 2012. A vivid primer on how impossible it is for a modern army to combat an under-supplied, ‘weak’, indigenous insurgency. (Please forgive the formatting, Google Cache is the only place I could find it anymore.)
Therefore We prescribed for the Children of Israel that whoso slays a soul not to retaliate for a soul slain, nor for corruption done in the land, shall be as if he had slain mankind altogether; and whoso gives life to a soul, shall be as if he ha given life to mankind altogether. Our Messengers have already come to them with the clear signs; then many of them thereafter commit excesses in the earth.