Stark evidence from our past about our inability to learn today

Summary: Nothing shows our FAILure to learn more than how we've repeat so many of our mistakes of Vietnam in Afghanistan. No hegemon, no matter how powerful, can survive a rapidly changing world, filled with rivals and foes, if it doesn't profit from its experience. Today is FAILure to learn day, with 3 lessons from … Continue reading Stark evidence from our past about our inability to learn today

Another echo in Afghanistan of the Vietnam War. Will we hear it, and learn?

Summary:  The Afghanistan War vividly demonstrates one of America's greatest weaknesses.  We don't learn from experience.  Change the names and so much history of Vietnam War reads like today's news.  All that's old is new again.  The actions of Lt Colonel Davis (see yesterday's post) should remind us of similar events so long ago. From David … Continue reading Another echo in Afghanistan of the Vietnam War. Will we hear it, and learn?

Obama’s cabinet are the best and brightest (here we go, again)

Are you excited about the Obama Adminsitration?  They are one of the finest collections of Mandarins to rule us since the Kennedy Administration.   Here we see 3 perspectives on the new team.  At the end are links to other posts about the opening days of the Obama era. "The Insider's Crusade", David Brooks, op-ed in the … Continue reading Obama’s cabinet are the best and brightest (here we go, again)

The State Department needs help, stat!

Summary:  Zenpundit writes about one of the major geopolitical problem facing America.  His analysis, like mine and others, misses the key point -- the key challenge.  Describing the problem is easy; describing the solution is difficult. Zenpundit has a typically excellent post up about one of the major challenges in American geopolitics:  "Hillary Should Dare … Continue reading The State Department needs help, stat!

“Expanding War, Contracting Meaning” by Andrew J. Bacevich

"Expanding War, Contracting Meaning", Andrew J. Bacevich, posted at Tom Dispatch, 30 October 2008 -- "The Next President and the Global War on Terror."  I strongly recommend reading Bacevich's latest article, written by one of the finest geopolitical analysts of our time.  This post provides an excerpt, which does not do justice to the whole. Baceich's opening demonstrates … Continue reading “Expanding War, Contracting Meaning” by Andrew J. Bacevich