Summary: Dazzled by Nobel Peace Prize President Hope and Change, people (including historians and political scientists) and have only slowly recognized that Obama has largely continued the policies of his greater predecessor -- a man who truly changed the course of American history. Until we understand our past we cannot effectively cope with our future. … Continue reading We live in the America Bush Jr created, a break with our past.
Summary: Enough time has passed so that we can see in the 8 years of George W. Bush America changed to a degree seldom seen in our history, making him one of our few transformative Presidents. That many (perhaps most) of us do not like the specific changes he made does not matter. The 1% … Continue reading Let’s honor our generation’s greatest leader, one of the chief builders of a New America
Summary: We, Americans, delight in creative explanations blaming others for our problems. "It's not my fault" is our mantra. Here are two examples suggesting that we can find the guilty parties can be found in the mirror. We can do better. . In these pages I've attempted to convey some of the astonishing aspects of … Continue reading Proof pointing to the people guilty of weakening America
Summary: The Iraq War begins a new phase, perhaps with US involvement. But we've not admitted, let along learned from, the massive institutional failures of the public policy machinery that produced it. Departments of Defense and State, the National Security Council, military, the President, NGOs, the press -- all failed. Instead we focus on pretend … Continue reading Iraq gives us another opportunity to confront our mistakes, and learn from them
Summary: Elections used to determine public policy in America. No longer. More broadly we can now see that information operations determine public policy in America, as our ruling elites realize that they need not engage an increasingly foolish and weak people in serious debate. Instead factions among them compete using skillful propaganda -- more often, … Continue reading Our rulers are skilled at running information operations (but less so at running America)
Summary: The capture and execution of bin Laden was a powerful act of grand strategy. Did it advance or damage our national interests? There was an alternative to his execution, another of the roads not taken by America since 9-11. Bin Laden borrowed from the ending of Tom Clancy's Debt of Honor. We could have borrowed the ending … Continue reading About the strategic significance of bin Laden’s execution, and the road not taken
This excerpt is just an hors' dourves. I recommend reading the article in full, a valuable perspective on today's events: "Let Them Eat Dogma", Chris Lehmann, The Baffler, 25 January 2010 -- Excerpt: Not so long ago, the lead theorists of America’s conservative revolution hymned it as a thing of unparalleled vitality and intellectual rigor. … Continue reading Today’s reading: “Let Them Eat Dogma”