Lind explains why Obama’s foreign policy will fail

Another brilliant essay by William Lind:  " If Wishes Were Horses. . .", #285 in his series On War, 8 December 2008.  The FM site has many articles on the two themes he discusses.  Of esp import now is reform of the State Department -- the necessary element for success of Obama's policies.  Links to … Continue reading Lind explains why Obama’s foreign policy will fail

The State Department needs help, stat!

Summary:  Zenpundit writes about one of the major geopolitical problem facing America.  His analysis, like mine and others, misses the key point -- the key challenge.  Describing the problem is easy; describing the solution is difficult. Zenpundit has a typically excellent post up about one of the major challenges in American geopolitics:  "Hillary Should Dare … Continue reading The State Department needs help, stat!

Thoughts on fixing America’s national security apparatus

Summary:  a quick look at the basis of America’s post-WWII grand strategy, and why it no longer works.  Ninth in a series of notes , we discuss solutions. Regeneration America is a State, not a person.  The arrow of time points only one way for an individual, but nations are reborn every generation.  It's outside … Continue reading Thoughts on fixing America’s national security apparatus

Ready, Aim, “foreign policy” away

here is an important new report on a subject of vital importance to America, one that has been much-discussed here. "Ready, Aim, Foreign Policy", a joint publication from the Center for International Policy, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund, and the Washington Office on Latin America (March 2008) -- "How the Pentagon's role in foreign policy … Continue reading Ready, Aim, “foreign policy” away

Truly cracked advice to the State Department, receiving wide applause

M E M O R A N D U M To:             Ambassador Crocker From           Manuel Miranda, Office of Legislative Statecraft Date:           February 5, 2008 Re:             Departure Assessment of Embassy Baghdad  Foreign Service and the State Department's bureaucracy at the helm of America's number one policy consideration. You are simply not up to the task, and … Continue reading Truly cracked advice to the State Department, receiving wide applause