FM newswire for June 26, interesting articles about geopolitics

Today’s links to interesting news and analysis. If you find this useful, please pass it to friends or colleagues.

  1. Being consistently wrong has few consequences for America’s geopolitical experts (so long as their hawks):  “Goldberg’s War“, Ken Silverstein, Harper’s, June 2006
  2. Brilliant work:  “Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies“, National Academy of Sciences, 2009
  3. Whatever happens in the November elections, current trends give the Republican Party a bleak future (unless they change):  “Demographic Change and the Future of the Parties“, Ruy Teixeira, Center for American Progress, June 2010
  4. Unpleasant truths:  “Why the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan“, William Dalrymple, New Statesman, 22 June 2010
  5. No change coming in our Af-Pak War plans:  “A ‘do over’ in Afghanistan?“, Stephen M. Walt, blog of Foreign Policy, 24 June 2010
  6. More deeds by that radical leftist Obama:  “Closing Guantánamo Fades as a Priority“, New York Times, 25 June 2010
  7. Recommended:  “‘Don’t taze my granny!’ American police accused of using a Taser on an 86-year-old, bed-ridden grandmother“, Daily Mail, 26 June 2010 — Note how many of the interesting stories about the US are broken by the Brit news media.

Quote of the Day

Laura Rozen says what few others dare to say — but many people believe (red emphasis added):

“Marc Ambinder asks what you might be asking when you pick your jaw off the floor: what was McChrystal thinking?  One early thought: does he want to get fired for insubordination before his strategy is shown to fail?

This was my first reaction, too.

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