Mike Lofgren: War as a Business Model

Operation Rent Seeking How the war on terrorism became a business model. By Mike Lofgren Washington Monthly, March/April/May 2015 EXTRACT The syndrome the Bush administration created in Iraq was what former Pentagon critic Chuck Spinney has called a “self-licking ice cream cone”: the measures to fight the war on terrorism guaranteed more terrorists, which in …

Mike Lofgren: Investigative Commissions as Pretentious Cover-Up — the 9/11 Commission Ten Year On

How to Read a Government Commission Report: An Inquiry Into the 9/11 Commission’s 10th Anniversary Report As an inquiry into the complex subject of international terrorism, the 9/11 Commission’s 10th anniversary reprise is a slipshod farrago of circular argumentation, faulty reasoning and naïve gullibility about the claims of senior officials – but it does serve …

Chuck Spinney: Mike Lofgren Reinforces Bill Polk — Get A Brain, Reconnect with Ethics, Leave the Middle East, Ideally All Three

Mike Lofgren Responds to William R. Polk’s, “Intellectual and Political Foundations of 21st Century Jihad. Lofgren retired after 28 years on the congressional staff.  He held senior staff positions in the both the House and Senate Budget Committees, where he specialized in Defense and Foreign Policy.  After he retired, he authored “The Party Is Over: …

Chuck Spinney: The Lofgren Corollary: The Method Behind the Madness of the Shutdown

It is easy to look at the shutdown and the concomitant chaos in federal government as the product of incompetence and corruption.  But it was a deliberate effort by a vocal congressional minority from safe, cynically gerrymandered, congressional districts to sabotage the functioning of the entire federal government. One would think that a deliberate effort …

Mike Lofgren: The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters – the Failure of American Public Institutions Enabled by the Collapse of American Public Intelligence

The Authoritarian Seduction “The sleep of reason breeds monsters.” -Francisco Goya The Gallup organization has released yet another dog-bites-man opinion poll which found that Americans’ confidence in Congress has fallen to a record low of 10 percent. This result is a continuation of a decades-long trend of declining approval ratings for Congress, and is justifiable …

Chuck Spinney & Mike Lofgren: Is War Good for the Economy?

In the attached essay, my very good friend Mike Lofgren raises the question of whether defense spending is good for the economy.  This is a current issue because the threat of defense budget reduction is being countered by arguments asserting that these reductions will push the economy into recession.  More generally, the political addiction to …

Mike Lofgren: America’s Three-Tiered Justice System

America’s Three-Tiered Justice System Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00 By Mike Lofgren, Truthout | News Analysis Big shots are above the law, the government now admits, but a three-tiered justice system has Congress churning out new bills to keep the prison industry booming. “Equal Justice under Law,” is the motto inscribed on the frieze of the United States …