Are Americans easily panicked cowards? I think not, but many experts disagree.

This question was raised during a few rounds of cyber tennis between two experts on 4th generation warfare, Chet Richards and John Robb -- posting at their websites Defense and the National Interest and Global Guerrillas.  This being an open game in which any number can play, this post discusses one aspect of their debate.  … Continue reading Are Americans easily panicked cowards? I think not, but many experts disagree.

What should we do about Somalia?

Introduction:  Chet Richards (Colonel, USAF, retired) originally posted at Defense and the National Interest.  Everything he writes is worth reading; this is one of his best. Beats hell out of me.  First, it’s not clear that there really is a Somalia — the CIA World Factbook identifies the Republic of Somaliland and a self-declared autonomous … Continue reading What should we do about Somalia?

What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy

Thomas Barnett is one of our foremost geopolitical visionaries, so his presentations are always worth attention.  His latest is insightful and elegantly expressed, as always.  However, I have a few suggestions -- minor changes to make  it better suit the current situation and needs of America.  (I have a draft post in the pipeline describing the implication of the revised … Continue reading What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy

Globalization and free trade: wonders of a past era, now enemies of America?

Summary:  Something is wrong with America, rendering our society incapable of connecting effectively to reality.  Who can tell what has caused this social illness, a form of cultural Alzheimer's?  The symptoms appear in many aspects of our national public policy, an inability to effectively take collective action in critical areas such as energy, geopolitics, and management of our economy.  This is … Continue reading Globalization and free trade: wonders of a past era, now enemies of America?

How can America adapt to a new world? A conference about national security lights the way.

As the post-WWII era ends, America's public policy must adapt to a changed world, with new domestic and international challenges.  Where will we find the necessary new ideas?  Can our current institutions innovate on this scale?   Our "think tanks" have evolved to serve their patrons with exquisite sensitivity, unfortunately with the loss of much creativity and awareness.  … Continue reading How can America adapt to a new world? A conference about national security lights the way.