Robert Steele: Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy

Steele, Robert. Reinventing the US Army Part I – An American Grand Strategy, Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, Press, Projected Publication 2017. Part I in the Reinventing the US Army monograph series. Updated November 15, 2016 Robert Steele This is the author’s preliminary draft of the first of three monographs focused …

Chuck Spinney: Benghazi, Libya, Dysfunctional Congress, End of All Checks and Balances

The Republican antics in the hearings of the Benghazi Committee in the House or Representatives are a good example illustrating how broken American politics have become.  The clear aim is narrowly political: to embarrass Hillary Clinton (and President Obama) for partisan reasons, while avoiding the roots of the larger Libyan debacle that flowed from the …

Patrick L. Smith: US & NATO Restart Cold War + NATO RECAP

We restarted the Cold War: The real story about the NATO buildup that the New York Times won’t tell you Our leaders and media push time-worn nonsense about American innocence, while taking aggressive moves. Look out EXTRACT As of this week, leaders who know nothing about leading, thinkers who do not think and opinion-shaping poseurs …

Chuck Spinney: Is Obama a Manchurian President?

A Manchurian Candidate’s State of the Union Why do people who nominally like Obama side with his enemies? This posting has three attachments.  Together, they illustrate the patently irrational nature of the cognitive dissonance now shaping the political debate.  In Attachment 1, an Obama apologist (who will remain unnamed) recently distributed an email praising Obama’s …

Chuck Spinney: Marisa Taylor on Criminally Dysfunctional Intelligence and Defense “Whistleblower” System — Screw the Truth, Kill the Messenger

Below is superb piece of reportage by Marisa Taylor of the Washington McClatchy bureau.  By a meticulous compilation of facts, Ms. Taylor has painted a detailed portrait of how this homeostatic control system protects normalcy in bureaucratic cultures.  The only point I would disagree with is her characterization of this system as being “broken.” To my thinking, …