Pete Turner on “Collecting Instability”

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] Pete Turner of The Break it Down Show had a powerful post that encapsulated what is wrong with the American approach to intervention in foreign societies, both in terms of our aid and development programs as well as COIN and military assistance of various kinds. Collection Center Collects Instability  ….A good […] Read more »

The Islam we hope to read into Sisi’s al-Azhar speech

[ by Charles Cameron — bearing in mind Ian McEwan’s comment, “General Sisi or Isis — the palindrome is apt” ] . ** President Sisi of Egypt made a remarkable speech to the assmbled dignitaries of al-Azhar the other day. The Coptic Christian scholar Raymond Ibrahim has a translation of the relevant section: I am […] 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 »

What We Are Reading

ASP ICYMI - #haiyan #typhoon #philippines #birdflu #egypt #morsi #iran #saudiarabia #solitary #revolutionaryguard #china #third-plenum #reform #syria

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Vlahos: Forty years of the Fighter Mafia

[by Mark Safranski a.k.a "zen"] Kelly Vlahos, the often sharp-penned defense columnist at The American Conservative, has written an excellent tribute to Colonel John Boyd and his Acolytes: 40 years of the Fighter Mafia ….Boyd and Christie started the group on a very small scale in Florida, fueled more by beer and frivolity than anything [...] Read more »

War on Speed

[ by Mark Safranski a.k.a. "zen"] “When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a Boche will get him eventually. The hell with that. My men don’t dig foxholes. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving.”                     [...] Read more »

“Sustaining” your Way to Serfdom as a Grand Strategy

Friend of the blog, commenter L.C. Rees, likes to point out that one of the most important part of a grand strategy, particularly one that is maintained despite evidence of being a geopolitical failure, are the domestic political effects that work to the advantage of the faction supporting it.  In my view, grand strategy usually [...] Read more »

Guns and The New Paternalism

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg      Photo credit: The New York Times  Longtime reader and blogfriend Eddie Beaver sent me a link to an article by NYT columnist, Ross Douthat. In my view, Douthat has written a fairly important observation of a political dynamic that is broader than the simply the new push [...] Read more »