Two generals chat about Afghanistan (a funny, sad, horrifying look at our war)

Summary: Here Michael Brenner (Prof International Relations) perfectly captures the madness of our long war (no wins yet after 15 years) in this fictional conversation between two of its leaders. Comedy equal to anything in 1950s theater of the absurd. Unfortunately the wars it describes are real, as are our casualties and squandered wealth. The colossus … Continue reading Two generals chat about Afghanistan (a funny, sad, horrifying look at our war)

Obama rolls the dice in Iraq, as we hope for victory thru folly

Summary: The most fascinating aspect of our new round of wars in the Middle East is their endorsement by people who were wrong about the first round, and condemnation by those who were correct. Here's a keen analysis by Michael Brenner about the folly of our new adventure in Iraq. Our strategy is little but … Continue reading Obama rolls the dice in Iraq, as we hope for victory thru folly

Members of the Deep State exchange high-fives, celebrating our passivity

Summary:  On 6 June 2013 the Guardian and Washington Post published the first in the latest round of revelations about the NSA's surveillance programs. Amidst the outpouring of brave rhetoric about the need to change, I predicted that nothing would happen. Rather, our passivity would encourage the leaders of the national security state (aka the … Continue reading Members of the Deep State exchange high-fives, celebrating our passivity

What is the best measure of success to our expedition to Iraq?

I find National Journal an interesting and valuable website.  Esp their national security blog, which features brief provocative blognotes with responses from experts.  Here's an example, followed by the most interesting replies. "A 'New Dawn' In Iraq, Or More Darkness?", James Kitfield (bio), 22 February 2010: This week the Obama administration renamed the Iraq war "Operation New … Continue reading What is the best measure of success to our expedition to Iraq?