Do we have a broken OODA loop? Or are we just stupid?

Summery:    Three dozen posts on the FM website have described different aspects of America's broken OODA loop. An op-ed by Frederick and Kimberly Kagan in today's Washington Posts points to a different and darker diagnosis. It's presented here so that we see all alternative explanations, however bleak. . The diagnosis of America as having a … Continue reading Do we have a broken OODA loop? Or are we just stupid?

More bad advice about Afghanistan. Why do we continue to listen?

Summary:  We see our broken OODA loop at work in the daily newspapers, but never so clearly as in the prominent role of people with a track record of consistently wrong analysis and advice. Screw-up and move up during the Vietnam War. The analytical failure of the "team B" analysis during the cold war, which … Continue reading More bad advice about Afghanistan. Why do we continue to listen?

Who are the experts advising our generals? We know what they’ll say.

Summary:  The experts at its major think-tanks and NGO's act as the sheepdogs guiding the American public.  In general they are reliable servants of our ruling elites and protectors of the status quo, their opinions (like Opera) represent money in motion.  But some causes are too extreme, too bizarre, for real experts to advocate -- like the Afghanistan … Continue reading Who are the experts advising our generals? We know what they’ll say.