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James Bond is not just our hero, but the model for our geopolitical strategy

I enjoyed Ian Fleming’s books about James Bond, and some of the movies too (esp. Casino Royale).  But should we base our geopolitical strategyon fielding teams of “00” agents (and special operators) to kill our enemies?  Will this make us safer, or make more likely what we most wish to avoid? Consider this: Many (most?) nations …

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“Filling the skies with Assassins” by Tom Engelhardt

Forging an effective grand strategy requires not just that we know ourselves (difficult) but that we see ourselves — and our actions — as others do.  This is a commonplace in history, as national leaders often fail to understand how aggressive or threatening their defensive actions appear to other nations.  The nuclear arms race during …

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“Don’t Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart” by Tom Engelhardt

TomDispatch deserves to be bookmarked the Internet “favorites” menu of everyone interested in US public policy, foreign and domestic.  He presents essays from a wide range of fascinating experts.  And he has valuable insights himself, when he takes his pen in hand.  Here are excerpts from his latest essay.  It’s worth reading in full. “Don’t Let Barack Obama …

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