Summary: Every geopolitical crisis provides us with information about our nation and our world. They provide peeks into the machinery hidden behind the government's secrecy and journalists' narratives. The Crimean crisis, a small area inside Russia's sphere of influence, hyped by our hawks into a world-shaking incident, provides a rich lode for mining insights. Helping … Continue reading The Ukraine crisis gives us a peak behind the curtain into the workings of our government
Summary: Today we have our of America's sharpest observers, Chuck Spinney, explain what might be our core problem -- our broken Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action loop. Until we can clearly see and act, even unlimited good will and patriotic spirit will accomplish nothing. . Some time ago, you asked me to comment on your statement that America's problem … Continue reading Chuck Spinney explains our broken OODA loop
Summary: Now that we see the end of our war in Afghanistan, this article by Chuck Spinney asks an important question. What happens to our vets when they come home? The demobilization process might be painful, for these Vets and for America. Spinney suggests that we plan now, rather than wait for problems and then react. … Continue reading Chuck Spinney describes the next phases of the Afghan War: defeat, retreat, & demobilization
Summary: The bottom line from the Iranian assassination caper = it's already worked, further demonizing Iran's image in the mind of the American public -- maintaining support for the permanent war establishment of massive military/intel/homeland security spending and the slow erosion of our liberties. Of course it succeeded. Conducting information operations against America is the core competency … Continue reading The Iranian Assassination caper was a complete success!
Summary: As the sky darkens over America we find comfort in logical but incorrect beliefs, ignoring the horrifying nature of our core problem. Here are two comforting examples. (1) Our leaders have bad advisors In both national security and economics we have well-funded think-tanks advocating policies not in the nation's interest, supported by neither logic … Continue reading For the holiday season, here are some comforting thoughts about America