Book Bonanza

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] My usual yuletide haul of books received and purchased….                         The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum Avoiding Armageddon: […] Read more »

Aman, or reciprocal safety under Islamic law

[ by Charles Cameron — what eye do you use when there’s more going on than meets the eye? ] . Twice in one day, a week or so ago, I had reason to look up the meaning of “aman” in Islamic law. My source here was M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse, eds., Religion, War, […] Read more »

Gaza: the video, Lex’s comment, my response

[ by Charles Cameron -- a powerful video with strong implications for Israel and keen insight into Gaza -- thus far the best I've seen ] . The video: I found this video extremely powerful. Lexington Green pointed us to it via a link in a comment on a recent post of mine, and I [...] Read more »

Israel / Palestine: some delicate balancing acts

[ by Charles Cameron -- what does it mean to give a balanced view of an asymmetric conflict -- when the asymmetry may be as much moral as material, pragmatic as idealistic, as viewed from either side of the fray? ] . The phrase “a fair and balanced view” rolls off the tongue easily enough, [...] Read more »

Lexington Green on the Army War College National Security Seminar

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. "zen"] Michael Lotus, a,k.a. “Lexington Green” of Chicago Boyz blog and co-author of America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century gives his review of the 2014 National Security Seminar at the US Army War College: Mike Lotus at the U.S. Army War College 2014 National Security Strategy Seminar  I had [...] Read more »

The Sounds of Silence and Your Own Mind

Scott Shipman had an excellent book review post An Unknown Future and a Doubtful Present: Writing the Victory Plan of 1941 — a review-lite and a few questions in which he discussed the intellectual seriousness and evolution of war planner   Major Albert C. Wedemeyer as a military officer and strategist: ….Wedemeyer was an honor graduate [...] Read more »