About the strategic significance of bin Laden’s execution, and the road not taken

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

Today’s reading: “Let Them Eat Dogma”

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”

Another nail put in the Constitution’s coffin, but we don’t care

Summary:  Americans expressed horror at the thought of "death panels."  Now the government reveals that the President issues death warrants on American citizens -- without even a hearing before a panel.  That's just fine with us.  Each and every one of us.  Do you see any protests?  Marches, demonstrations?  None.  On 4 July 2006 I posts … Continue reading Another nail put in the Constitution’s coffin, but we don’t care

The breakdown of the American political system, pointing to a new and better future

Introduction:  This is the second in a series of dashed off speculative opinions.  Normal procedure on the FM website for these topics would be 3 thousand word posts, supported by dozens of links.  I dont’ have the time to finish them, and too many of these outlines have accumulated in my drafts file.  Perhaps these will spark useful debate … Continue reading The breakdown of the American political system, pointing to a new and better future

TomGram: “The Imperial Presidency 2.0”

The power of the Presidency grows inexorably for many reason.  One is the political ratchet:  each Administration increases some aspects of the Executive's powers, amidst praise from its partisans and impotent criticism from the loyal opposition.  Eventually they trade places, but seldom do these expanded powers get reversed -- only a new wave of growth … Continue reading TomGram: “The Imperial Presidency 2.0”