Marcus Aurelius: Brookings 2013 Briefing Books for the President — Leans Left, Lacks Substance

02 Diplomacy, 03 Economy, 10 Security, 11 Society, Government, Ineptitude, IO Impotency, Military, Non-Governmental
Marcus Aurelius
Marcus Aurelius

There is no “out of the box” thinking here, just dabbling on the margins.

Phi Beta Iota:  We agree with Brother Marcus.  This was a very disappointing document and not at all presidential in utility.  There is no executive summary, no bullet points, no explicatory graphics, and no budgetary perspective (means to ways to ends).  The individual memorandums are too long, too bland, and not imaginative in the least.  Especially disappointing were the two pieces directly oriented on defense, the first by Peter Singer on drones, the second by Michael O’Hanlon on achieving defense budget efficiencies on the margins.  The individual authors are first rate across the board, but the editorial function and the leadership function are both absent from this work.  Singer plays it safe and calls for the establishment of protocols on drone use, avoiding the moral disengagement and extrajudicial assassination concepts that make the CIA drone program a crime against humanity; O Hanlon simply loses his excellent mind completely, and babbles about changes on the margin.  Below the line is the complete Table of Contents for the Brookings document, and relevant alternative perspectives by Robert Steele.

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Alternative Perspectives

2013 Robert Steele: Reflections on the Inability of Washington to Think

2013 Robert Steele: Reflections on the Next Four Years — Eradicate “Distortions,” Get the Truth on the Table, and Focus on Free Energy

2013 Robert Steele: Reflections on Reform 2.2 Numbers for 30% DoD Cut over 2-4 Years

2012 Robert Steele: Reflections on Healing the Americas

2012 Robert Steele: Reflections on the US Military — Redirection Essential — and a Prerequisite to Creating a 450-Ship Navy, a Long-Haul Air Force, and an Air-Liftable Army

2012 Robert Steele: The Human Factor & The Human Environment: Concepts & Doctrine? Implications for Human & Open Source Intelligence

2012 Robert Steele: Practical Reflections on UN Intelligence + References & Reviews + UN RECAP Updated

2012 Robert Steele: Addressing the Seven Sins of Foreign Policy — Why Defense, Not State, Is the Linch Pin for Global Engagement