Obamacare forces even true believers to assess Obama. Will we learn, & do better in 2016?

Summary:  We laughed at President Carter, and suffered under his serial mistakes. Now we elected yet another President with remarkably little experience (less than Carter), and watch with astonishment the results. Since we're Americans, we point a finger at anyone but the man in the mirror. . "... I mean in a way Obama's standing … Continue reading Obamacare forces even true believers to assess Obama. Will we learn, & do better in 2016?

Hidden history of our first step into the Afghanistan War. It’s still important for us to understand.

Summary:  Here we examine one of our key steps into the Afghanistan War, in 1979.  It's bitterly ironic, showing that we played the USSR into Afghanistan just as bin Laden suckered us in the WOT.  Beyond that it's an example of one of the themes on the FM website: our hidden history. To move forward … Continue reading Hidden history of our first step into the Afghanistan War. It’s still important for us to understand.

Thoughts about President Obama

Summary:  the official FM website's view of President Obama.  Just opinion, with little supporting evidence.  You too can opine in the comments.  Let the vituperation (on both parties) flow! One pleasure of living in modern America is watching the media construct fictious images of our political leaders. Kennedy, the athlete and family man.  In fact he … Continue reading Thoughts about President Obama

Your morning readings from Martin van Creveld, superlative insights into our changing world

Martin van Creveld is IMO the finest military historian of our time.  But more than that his vision integrates military science and theory into a larger social context -- the only context in which the military arts can provide value to a society.  This makes his works uniquely valuable to us. Interview on Mideast with … Continue reading Your morning readings from Martin van Creveld, superlative insights into our changing world

What past President does Obama most closely resemble?

We can only guess at what the Obama Administration will do, and what mark it will make on America.   One method of guessing:  playing the "what past president does Obama most closely resemble" game.  This essay provides some haunting similarities between Obama and one of our more interesting presidents, one whose election reveals much about how modern … Continue reading What past President does Obama most closely resemble?