William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea

A poster depicting North Korea's military power is displayed in the communist state and released by North Korea Central News Agency, 31 January 2003.

Summary: William Lind gives a brilliant analysis of the situation in East Asia -- North Korea's provocations, China's fateful choices, and the response of our allies if they choose unwisely. Trump's visit to Asia provides an opportunity for him to display Bismarck-level geopolitics.   "The North Korean Threat to China" By William S. Lind. From … Continue reading William Lind: China’s fateful decision about North Korea

Harsh truths about mass incarceration in America

Justice lying down

Summary: Here is a different -- and disturbing -- perspective on the strange US criminal justice system, unlike the "standard version" that dominate the news media. We can't fix what we don't understand.   Excerpt from "More Justice, Less Crime." By Joseph M. Bessette. In the Claremont Review of Books, Summer 2017. Visuals added.   … Continue reading Harsh truths about mass incarceration in America

Andrew Bacevich looks at America’s political rot and describes solutions

Summary: Andrew Bacevich is one of our most acute political observers. In this essay he accurately describes one aspect of the rot affecting our politics. The solution he proposes reveal the deeper and more serious rot. There is a solution, if we have the will and wit to make it happen.   "The Post-Cold-War Consensus … Continue reading Andrew Bacevich looks at America’s political rot and describes solutions

What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?

Summary:  December brings forth a crop of retrospective analysis about the past year and confident forecasts about the next. The FM website has posted almost daily doses of the former, and I lack the confidence to do the latter. Instead let's ask about questions. What issues might dominate 2014, and influence the years beyond? Finding … Continue reading What are the big questions that 2014 might answer?

Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.

Summary: Marcus Ranum looks to our past -- the government's history of surveillance -- to see the future which the government's vast surveillance machinery makes possible, and perhaps will help bring into being. Article deleted at author's request.   Some of the latest revelations about NSA cyber-surveillance - and cyber-war "The Secret War", Wired, 12 … Continue reading Someone call Nixon’s plumbers. We need them again.