Daily Archives: December 23, 2012

Pentagon Procurement & Civilian Military Relations: The Key to Winning ‘The Long War’

The key to understanding how large monolithic bureaucratic institutions like State, Pentagon and Defense work in tandem with Congress and the White House is to uncover the small yet vital liaisons that work between them. Why is this important? Because … Continue reading

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American Liberals: The New Authoritarians

Only the most engaged politicos know how the American Democratic Party morphed into a Statist oligarchy.  By appealing NOT to the universality of reason (an Enlightenment principle worthy of defense) but to the arrogation of autonomy, obscuring, obliterating anything in … Continue reading

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Syria: American Absence Portends. . .

Power is about the ability and the confidence to choose.  Team Obama may think that its outsourcing its incipient strategy to the petro-monarchies of the Gulf.  Benghazi should have informed us as to how that’s gonna look. The abject failure … Continue reading

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Apaiser: Peace or Imminent U.S. Defeat, The Parisian Afghani’s & Power Blocks

About 40 miles north of Paris is the lovely town of Chantilly, a town known for horse training.  This luxury town is now witnessing the imminent defeat of America throughout the AfPak region.  How is this so?  America has a … Continue reading

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Frederick Kagan & The American Will To Win In AfPak

I’ve written about how to distinguish between amateurs and professionals.  Amateurs study tactics or strategy, the professionals study logistics and personnel. There is no other greater authority on America’s most pressing foreign policy problems than Dr. Frederick Kagan who resides … Continue reading

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Talabani & The Iraqi Impass

The recent news that the Iraqi President (Jalal Talabani) suffered a stroke puts Iraqi political growth at a standstill.  Unless the Iraqi political economy can sustain another political initiative in consolidating where Talabani left off, the Iraqi’s are vulnerable to … Continue reading

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The Myopia of Joe Biden: Iran at Parchin

Everyone remembers how the Vice President debates revealed a justification for American complacency regarding Iran:  they’re a long way off from getting a delivery system!  Biden’s retort is politically naive.  Let’s get to the details. Aside from the reality that … Continue reading

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How To Think About The Fiscal Cliff

Dr. Steve Conover has written for novices, overviews of how to think of the fiscal cliff.  He writes for The American Enterprise Institute’s public journal ‘The American’.  Chronicling his writings on fiscal and macroeconomics brings one to recognize the supremacy … Continue reading

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Unearned Income & Happiness

Some years ago I picked up a book that chronicled the lives of lottery winners.  Most ended badly.  Very few didn’t end up either alcoholic or destroyed.  Most just spent their way into oblivion.  Arthur C. Brooks, the President of … Continue reading

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Leszek Balcerowicz: Adam Smith Meets Karol Wojtyla

Matthew Kaminski interviewed a Polish intellectual recently, a man who has few peers.  His name is Leszek Balcerowicz (pronounced Lay-zek Bal-zero-witz).  What he has to say is significant for it points the way toward recognizing how Keynesian thought is a … Continue reading

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