Of martyrdom and forgiveness

[ by Charles Cameron — of martyrdom according to ISIS and the church, & of forgiveness in response to hate — continuing from Of sacrifice and martyrdom ] . ** My Lapido piece closed with these words: That is, in part, why Pope Francis in his official comment on the event said he was “particularly […] Read more »

New Book- The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House

[by Mark Safranski / a.k.a  “zen“] The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House […] by Zalmay Khalilzad Just received a courtesy review copy of The Envoy, the memoir of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, from Christine at St. Martin’s Press. Khalilzad was part of a small group of diplomatic troubleshooters and heavy hitters for the second Bush […] Read more »

Event Recap: Future of the Middle East and America’s Involvement

Building off the current national conversation surrounding the ongoing turbulence in the Middle East, a cadre of panelists reflected on the future of the region and laid out several prescriptions for the United States’ involvement in the Middle East, with varying degrees of optimism and pessimism.

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The Creepy-State attracts Creeps

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Big Brother’s little brothers are listening in on your calls, tapping your data When the government and ruling elites fashion a Creepy-State, it inevitably spawns a surveillance arms race. If your private data is valuable to the Feds, it is valuable to others….and if the Feds are violating the Constitution […] Read more »

The Darkness behind Colonel Nightingale’s Two Great Truths

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Colonel Keith Nightingale, was featured  at Thomas Rick’s Best Defense blog  ”future of war” series at Foreign Policy.com. It is a strong piece, well worth reading: The seven ingredients of  highly adaptive and effective militaries   The there are two great truths about the future of war. The first is that [...] Read more »

New Article at War on the Rocks

I have a new op-ed up this morning on the Crimean crisis over at War on the Rocks: Let’s Slow Roll Any Move Toward Crimean War II: One of the more curious implicit assumptions about the crisis in Ukraine is that the subsequent occupation of the Crimea by Russia represents some kind of triumph for [...] Read more »

An Absurd Column by Walter Pincus

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Walter Pincus, taking notes for the embattled bureaucrats of the creepy-state here: ‘Front-Page Rule’ is unprecedented in U.S. intelligence community  ….“Accountability and secrecy” were two watchwords a former senior intelligence official said guided operations during his 40-year career, not whether the public would approve of everything he was doing. However, that’s [...] Read more »

Al-Qaida Advises the Arab Spring: Al-Maqdisi

As Cole Bunzel pointed out some time ago, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, the famous Jordanian radical Salafi scholar, has published several fatwas and other documents in the last few months. Cole mainly dealt with only two of al-Maqdisi’s recent publications, however, while there are several others he wrote afterwards that are quite interesting as well. Joining [...] Read more »

Is Grand Strategy Democratic?

[by Mark Safranski - a.k.a. "zen"] Grand strategy in 1941 A very interesting article at Small Wars Journal by Captain Sean F.X. Barrett, USMC on the state of contemporary grand strategy. Definitely worth the time to read the whole thing:, but I am only going to make meandering comments on a few sections: The Democratization of [...] Read more »