Chuck Spinney: Madness in White House, K Street Thrives

Corruption, Government, Military
Chuck Spinney
Herewith is Stephen Walt’s excellent critique of US grand strategy in the Middle East since 1990.  My only comment is that he omits the pernicious influences of the arrogance that emerged from our misinterpretation of our “victory” in the Cold War and does not discuss the closely related emergence of Mad Madeline’s nutty theory of the unipolar “indispensable power,” coupled to William Perry’s fatally-flawed techno-theory of marrying coercive diplomacy to the so-called military revolution in hi-tech precision warfare (the latter explained in my essay here).
Chuck Spinney
Cap Ferrat, France

When did the American empire start to decline?

Posted By Stephen M. Walt  Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Today is the 21st anniversary of a key date in world history. On this date in 1990, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, setting in motion a train of events that would have fateful consequences for Saddam himself, but also for the United States. Indeed, one could argue that this invasion was the first step in a train of events that did enormous damage to the United States and its position in the world.

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But no strategy is so bad that somebody else can’t make it worse. And that is precisely what George W. Bush did after 9/11. Under the influence of neoconservatives who had opposed dual containment because they thought it didn’t go far enough, Bush adopted a new strategy of “regional transformation.”

And in other news….

Think things can’t get worse?  Check out how the palace parasites are lining up to contain the debt ceiling in the Hall of Mirrors that is Versailles on the Potomac.

Debt Ceiling Bill’s Super Committee Has Lobbyists Preparing 

By ANNA PALMER, POLITICO.com, August 3, 2011

K Street wasted little time putting clients on notice about the next phase of the debt ceiling debate with a simple message: Nobody is safe from the super committee.