Summary: There's an institutional drive for growth, just like that in biological entities. Sometimes it become cancerous, inimical to the overall organism. So it is with our mad profitless empire -- which makes previous empires (eg, Spain, British) look like works of genius. Here Nick Turse looks at the latest expansion, taking US forces -- … Continue reading America’s Shadow Wars in Africa
Summary: The past decade has seen us stripped of civil liberties dating back to the signing of Magna Carta in 1215, and won through centuries of struggle since then. As the Founders feared might happen. Today Noam Chomsky explains how this happened and what it means for us. The next few years might be decisive; America's … Continue reading The Great Charter. Its Fate, and Ours.
Summary: By now most people see that the world is changing, as the post-WWII era passes away. The only large group remaining blind to this: the American people. Here Pepe Escobar looks at today's trends and extrapolates them into the future. America is at war, but with whom? Perhaps we're at war with inevitable trends. … Continue reading Pepe Escobar looks at the future, as we build a full spectrum confrontation world
Summary: We are like children, believing that closing our eyes tightly disappears the expense, casualties, and blowback from our war in Afghanistan. All that remains is the exhalation of our killing, our pride in our drones and special ops warriors. Unfortunately this does not as well as we hope. Nick Turse describes a more effective … Continue reading Memory Failure at the Pentagon, one that has cost us dearly (and will cost more before the end)
Summary: Every society has rationality tokens. Some have many; some few. In some they are held by people who become leaders of their society; in some they're held by outcasts. As a nation evolves, its rationality tokens pass into new hands. Here we look at America, seeking to find their new holders. The disk was … Continue reading Some important articles. Mirrors in which we can see America.
Summary: No nation, no matter how powerful, can long prosper (perhaps not even survive) with a broken observation-orientation-decision-action loop (OODA loop). Like ours. The primary symptom: an inability to learn. We cannot learn from our peers' to fix our health care system. We cannot learn from our history to cope with 4GW (eg, foreign insurgencies). Today Tom … Continue reading Vietnam Has Left Town. Say Hello to our New Syndrome
Summary: Today we have an account of one man's experience doing the right thing in the New America. He dared to tell us the truth about the Iraq War. We repaid him with illegal punishments and a broken career (the whistleblower laws, like all laws today, were meaningless) -- pour l'encouragement d'les autres. I have nothing to add other than: please read this, read … Continue reading Peter Van Buren explains “What We Lost in Iraq and Washington in 2009-2012”