The Flynn report, itself a symptom of deep problems in the government establishment

I lack the time to write an analysis of the Flynn report:  "Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan", by Michael T. Flynn (Major General, USA), Matt Pottinger (Captain, USMC), and Paul D. Batchelor (DIA).  In brief, I believe... It's important. Nagl's grossly understated the event with "“ it was an irregular way to … Continue reading The Flynn report, itself a symptom of deep problems in the government establishment

Who are the experts advising our generals? We know what they’ll say.

Summary:  The experts at its major think-tanks and NGO's act as the sheepdogs guiding the American public.  In general they are reliable servants of our ruling elites and protectors of the status quo, their opinions (like Opera) represent money in motion.  But some causes are too extreme, too bizarre, for real experts to advocate -- like the Afghanistan … Continue reading Who are the experts advising our generals? We know what they’ll say.

Are we blind, or just incurious about important news?

The strongest impression I get from reading our major news media is their lack of curiosity.   If they were to see an elephant walking down Constitution Avenue, they would remark briefly about it before returning to more important things.  The latest jokes about Palin's children, or Michelle Obama's sleeveless dresses. One of the most interesting … Continue reading Are we blind, or just incurious about important news?

“Striking a Balance: A New American Security”

"Striking a Balance: A New American Security" was a conference held by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) on 11 June 2009.  You can see the transcripts and related reports here.   If opera is money set to music, then events like this are the equivalent for political power. Speakers The Honorable Dr. Richard Danzig (Secretary of the Navy 1998-2001) … Continue reading “Striking a Balance: A New American Security”

A wonderful discussion about the American Empire

Here is a wonderful discussion of how American security has mutated into an American Empire.  Seldom are actual threats to America discussed.  Threats to American hegemony are presumed to be threats to America.  Most of the threats described are never analyzed, probably because they would be shown to have the substance of Saddam's WMD's. The focus … Continue reading A wonderful discussion about the American Empire