Summary: To gain a perspective to understand the Islamic State, Martin van Creveld looks at the history of the Middle East for its origins. Although written last year it remains as apt today as then (despite the monthly clickbait announcements of turning points in this war). Van Gogh sees the history of the Middle East … Continue reading Martin van Creveld says: To understand ISIS, see its history
Summary: Following up yesterday's post (the good news is that the bad news about the economy is wrong), we have a cheerful view of the economy. A Brighter Outlook for America’s Unemployed by John Ridlehoover of the VA Home Loan Centers Over the last several years, the unemployment rate in the United States has been … Continue reading A Brighter Outlook for America’s Unemployed
Summary: Perhaps Americans cannot regain control of our nation because we're lost amidst a wilderness of mirrors, and so unable to clearly see the world. Here's an example of the fun house media that increasingly dominate web publishing. We choose them over less entertaining but more accurate sources. The cost of doing so is high. … Continue reading Zero Hedge is a model publisher for 21st C America. Be afraid.
Summary: The reactions to the Court's ruling on Obamacare and same sex marriage divide on predictable partisan grounds, as Americans seek what they want. We care little about Constitutional procedure and less about the work of making the machinery work as the Founders intended. It's the thinking typical of political regimes' last days, when belief … Continue reading The Left will rue the day they cheered an activist Court
Summary: During the past decade we have deployed our most skilled warriors and most advanced technology in an assassination program with few precedents in history. Result: the Middle East in flames and our foes resurgent. I and others predicted this, the natural result of putting the force of evolution to work for our foes. It's … Continue reading Darwin explains the futility of killing insurgents. It makes them more effective.