Statfor discusses “The 30-Year War in Afghanistan”

Summary:  Here is an interesting analysis by Stratfor of our expedition to Afghanistan.  Note how -- deep in this report -- Friedman mildly mentions that crushing al Qaeda is not our goal in Afghanistan.  Now that we're enmeshed in a failing war, the war's advocates can quietly slide away from the Big Lie.  Other posts about the war … Continue reading Statfor discusses “The 30-Year War in Afghanistan”

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Stratfor: “Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion”

Summary:  As I wrote 3 years ago, America has made many geopolitical mistakes, some very serious.  Nothing critical for a superpower, so long as we do not make too many.  But Israel operates far closer to the edge.   Small, geographically and economically vulnerable, surrounded by enemies, and heir to millennia of western antisemitism (Passages from Luther’s On the Jews and Their … Continue reading Stratfor: “Flotillas and the Wars of Public Opinion”

Freidman of Stratfor writes about “Mexico and the Failed State Revisited”

Another brilliant analysis from Stratfor, about (as Martin van Creveld foresaw two decades ago) one of the major threats to America.  This is a another perspective to the recent articles about the "end of Mexico."  At the end are links to other articles about Mexico.  "Mexico and the Failed State Revisited" George Friedman, Stratfor, 6 … Continue reading Freidman of Stratfor writes about “Mexico and the Failed State Revisited”

Stratfor thinks about the unthinkable: a U.S.-Iranian deal

It says much about Americas foreign policy -- both fearful and belicose -- that a respected geopolitical analyst can describe a deal with a major power as "unthinkable."  Talleyrand, Metternich or Bismark would laugh at our foolishness. Thinking About the Unthinkable: A U.S.-Iranian Deal By George Friedman, Stratfor, 1 March 2010 -- This report is republished … Continue reading Stratfor thinks about the unthinkable: a U.S.-Iranian deal