More about Iran, things you know that might not be so

Some things you might find of interest about Iran, as drift towards war. Contents I have here a statement by an obvious ally of Iran working at the highest level of the US government! Quote of the Day from Jack A Smith, "A Manufactured Crisis", Asia Times, 30 September 2009 "Top Things you Think You … Continue reading More about Iran, things you know that might not be so

A General explains how the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics will bring us victory in Afganistan

More exhortations to continue the course in "Losing the War of Exhaustion" by Mark T. Kimmitt (Brigadier General, US Army, retired), Foreign Policy, 21 September 2009 -- "It's not low troop levels that stand to defeat the United States in Afghanistan. It's plain old public fatigue."  Hat tip to Bernard Finel, who has some interesting comments … Continue reading A General explains how the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics will bring us victory in Afganistan

Ignatius proposes “A New Deal for The CIA” – perhaps they should sometimes obey our laws

I doubt that proposals for partial reform of the CIA make sense.  Not after reading the major histories of the CIA (e.g., Tim Weiner's Legacy of Ashes).  Even so, this specimen looks unusually daft:  "A New Deal for The CIA", David Ignatius, op-ed in the Washington Post, 17 September 2009. It opens with the usual romantic … Continue reading Ignatius proposes “A New Deal for The CIA” – perhaps they should sometimes obey our laws

Another attempt to justify our Af-Pak war, and show the path to victory

This morning's recommended reading:  "How to Lose in Afghanistan", Anthony H. Cordesman (Center for Strategic and International Studies), op-ed in the Washington Post, 31 August 2009. Nothing illustrates the essential irrationality of our Af-pak war better than the illogic of the war's advocates.  They must exist in a self-referential bubble to believe this nonsense.  {This post … Continue reading Another attempt to justify our Af-Pak war, and show the path to victory

The decay of our government, visible for all to see

Some headlines require no story, as they tell the story.  Today we see confirmed the fear that the Obama Administration would be staffed with inexperienced liberals, whose only qualification are diplomas from elite schools, fine connections in the power structure, and sound ideology. Of course, it does not matter.  We're sheep, and will accept this … Continue reading The decay of our government, visible for all to see