Review: The Cost of Loyalty – Dishonest, Hubris, and Failure in the US Military by Tim Bakken

3 Star, Military & Pentagon Power

3 Stars for Deep Whining,  Makes 1 Point Over and Over and Over Again

I finished the book and wrote the following:

  • 30% grudge
  • 30% shortfalls generally citing others
  • 30% over-the-top misrepresentation
  • 10% outright whining

The further I got into this book the more annoying I found the author, to the point that I would fire him rather than let him poison more young officers with his combination of grievances and ignorance.

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Review: The New Rules of War – Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder by Sean McFate

3 Star, Asymmetric, Cyber, Hacking, Odd War, Military & Pentagon Power, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Threats (Emerging & Perennial), War & Face of Battle
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Sean McFate

3 Stars — Company Grade Officer Dabbles as Mercenary, Earns PhD, Pens a Sophmoric Best Seller Catering to Deep State Interests

Reviewed by Robert David Steele

This book is at best a ten page article with ten cute “rules” half of which are wrong. There are some useful observations in the book but it loses a second star and drops to three because it is completely lacking on multiple fronts. There are two kinds of “strategic” authors: opportunists, and visionaries. The author falls into the first category.  He has no interest in — and no idea about — making things better (nor does he have a holistic analytic model), he is simply seeking to profit from “durable disorder” and advance his career within the Deep State / Shadow Government system that promotes people like him instead of people like Col Dr. Doug Macgregor.

The ten rules:

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Review: Before Our Very Eyes – Fake Wars and Big Lies from 9/11 to Donald Trump by Thierry Meyssan

5 Star, Crime (Government), Empire, Sorrows, Hubris, Blowback, Military & Pentagon Power, Misinformation & Propaganda, Peace, Poverty, & Middle Class, Power (Pathologies & Utilization), Voices Lost (Indigenous, Gender, Poor, Marginalized), War & Face of Battle
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Thierry Meyssan

5 Star Brilliant and unique truth telling from three points of view: Arab, French, US — an Indictment of Empire

I have been a deep admirer of the intelligence and integrity and local knowledge as well as strategic acumen of  Thierry Mayssan ever since he accurately understood 9/11 as an inside job, long before I did.

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Review: Hidden in Plain Sight – Beyond the X-Files

4 Star, Intelligence (Extra-Terrestrial), Military & Pentagon Power, Power (Pathologies & Utilization)
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Richard Sauder, PhD

4 Stars – The most recent of three books, the one to read if you read only one, but does NOT repeat all the maps, photos, and diagrams from first two

This book was published in 2010 and is the most recent of the three books that I bought and read, all quick reads.

It covers underground bases, undersea bases, long range magnetic levitation and pneumatic tunnel high-speed transport, and extraterrestials.

The author offers a conversational presentation, he does not use hyperbole, and does  his best to be balanced with what he can show is known.

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Review: Underwater and Underground Bases

4 Star, Intelligence (Extra-Terrestrial), Military & Pentagon Power, Power (Pathologies & Utilization)
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Richard Sauder, PhD

4 Star Second book in series, focus on underwater cities and bases with emphasis on submarine pens and secret cross peninsula tunnels

As with the first book, this one published in 2001, it is a quick read and it includes diagrams, maps, and photographs. While not definitive, and the author is careful to distinguish between what he knows and what he speculates, this book is as good as it gets in terms of open source information covering what may be  the single most secretive (and Congressionally not authorized) program in the US inventory — the other would be the secret space program, also not authorized by Congress.

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