I like books that challenge my views, as in the saying attributed to Mark Twain "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so." So here are two recommendations of books that challenge our views, esp about the things we know for sure. The … Continue reading Gift ideas – Books to get or give
Summary: the McChrystal's Assesment consists of layers of absurdity, piled high. Future generations will study it as a prime example of early 21st century madness, when such a thing was taken seriously. Essentials of the McChrystal's Initial Commander's Assessment of the Af-Pak War, released 30 August 2009. Amnesia is the essential requirement The key strategic element … Continue reading Let’s blow the fog away and see what General McChrystal really said
Expansion of a nation's armed forces when its internal cohesion is weakening (i.e., in an era of State decline) risks an autoimmunine response. Read closely, because this is too hot to spell out. Update: The 3 excepts give describe the most likely danger as individuals turning against our regime, not the military as a whole. Here's … Continue reading Blowback – could our military become a threat to America?
Lind describes a DOD policy which is moronic. Not only does this close our system (in terms of information flows) -- making it less agile -- but it also illustrates the institutional rigidity of our military that makes their adaptation to a new world so difficult. A world in which 4th generation methods have become the … Continue reading Recommendation to read – “Blinders”, a new essay by William Lind
Thomas Barnett is one of our foremost geopolitical visionaries, so his presentations are always worth attention. His latest is insightful and elegantly expressed, as always. However, I have a few suggestions -- minor changes to make it better suit the current situation and needs of America. (I have a draft post in the pipeline describing the implication of the revised … Continue reading What Tom Barnett should have told Congress about America’s 21st century Navy
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 previous post described some conservatives' reflections after their defeat at the polls. Liberals have also given some thought to the matter. Here are a few of their more creative suggestions. So far most conservative analysis sticks with traditional explanations for defeat, like "insufficient purity" and "inadequate candidate and campaign staff." Ann Coulter's latest article gives us both: They adored McCain at … Continue reading Liberal reflections on the causes of the Republicans’ defeat at the polls