Update: war watch – Iran

Summary:  The wardrums continue to beat, building support for a US attack on Iran.  This is a status report, with at the end some excellent links to further information. The battle continues hot and heavy, as factions in Washington strive to shape the US citizenry's view of Iran.  Leaks and lies, authoritative statements and rumors.  … Continue reading Update: war watch – Iran

This week’s report on the news in climate science

In science, as in geopolitics, the action often occurs on the frontiers. 1. "Operating Environment 2008", US Joint Forces Command, 25 November 2008, 56 pages -- "A strategic framework that forecasts possible threats and opportunities that will challenge the future joint force."  Note Part II, chapter G "Climate Change and Natural Disasters." 2.  "Emulating Mannian CPS", Steve … Continue reading This week’s report on the news in climate science

A certain casualty of the recession: the US Government’s solvency

Summary:  Whatever happens during this recession, one thing is almost certain:  the US government's balance sheet will be trashed.  Wrecked, perhaps beyond repair. This post discusses what we should do to mitigate the damage, and why such extreme spending is necessary. As described in "The most important story in this week’s newspapers" (22 May 2008), the … Continue reading A certain casualty of the recession: the US Government’s solvency

“Combating the Growing Threat of International Organized Crime”

Summary:  On rare occasions speeches by public officials deserve attention.  This is one, describing the growing danger of international criminal organizations.  For more on the geopolitical implications of this, see John Robb's Global Guerillas website, or read his book Brave New War.  Hat tip on this to Simon Hunt Strategic Services. "Combating the Growing Threat … Continue reading “Combating the Growing Threat of International Organized Crime”

Another perspective on Cordesman’s “A briefing from the battlefield”

Anthony H. Cordesman has provided some of the most comprehensive and reliable information about the Iraq War, so his latest report deserves attention. "The Situation in Iraq: A Briefing from the Battlefield", Anthony H. Cordesman, Center for Strategic and International Studies (13 February 2008) Two things I find fascinating about this report: The US-centric perspective.  … Continue reading Another perspective on Cordesman’s “A briefing from the battlefield”