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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 …

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Does America have clear vision? Here’s an “eye chart” for our minds.

One symptom of a nation’s broken observation-orientation-decision-action loop (OODA loop) is a disconnect of our national dialog from reality.  IMO this is the strongest evidence of America’s dysfunction.  A broken OODA loop means that we can neither recognize nor prioritize problems.  If uncorrected, we cannot effectively fix those problems that we do see.  We become a blind …

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“Going for Broke – 6 ways the Af-Pak War is Expanding” – Engelhardt

Summary:  Today there are few more important issues for America today than our ever-widening Middle Eastern wars.  Not only are they strategically problematic (aka nuts), and can we ill afford the cost, but they divert the Obama Administration’s most scarcest resources:  time and political capital.  This emperils both its true agenda and its ability to …

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Stratfor: “The Strategic Debate Over Afghanistan”

This is one of the best reports I have seen from Stratfor in many years, high praise considering their quality of work.  The section in red nicely sums up our situation in Iraq.   The second half is confused, reflecting as it does the confusion of thought at our Versailles-on-the-Potomac and our delusions of hegemony. “The …

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Can anyone explain General Petraeus’ answer?

A follow-up to my previous post about the Iraq Government.  How real is it, in terms of the usual criteria:  attributes of sovereignty, authority, and legitimacy. Here is an excerpt from an interview of General Petraeus by Austin Bay (Colonel, US Army Reserve, retired), posted at his blog on 5 August 2008 (hat tip to Zenpundit).  Can …

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