Rand Paul on Diplomacy : Unconditional Surrender is Not an option
Why is it that so many see conservatives as absolutists? In reality they are much more likely to understand the limits of power, of hope, of dreams and to take the long view, big changes really happen over decades not years.
Read these two pieces,
Making Sense of Syria: September 10, 2013, 3:32 PM
The Speech: 10:42 PM
What more can be said?
by Victor Davis Hanson: @Works and Days: Syrian Knowns and Unknowns September 8th, 2013
From my perspective the best synopsis of the status.
There are no solutions and probably never were any that a politician could stomach.
From the Lebanese (you know, the Lebanon, between the Mediterranean, Syria and Israel), The Daily Star || Rami G. Khouri || Blame those who brought Al-Qaeda to life
Excellent short piece, I agree that the WoT (war on terror) has gone AWOL and the drone wars are nothing but a bloody patch, rapidly passing their use by date. Drones have been shown to be a fundamental game changer along with precision weapons but its still state sanctioned murder (with the unintentional slaughter of innocents reduced but not eliminated) at first and still when used appropriately as part of a strategy with operational planning and support tactics they were/are a success but today they are fireworks pressed up to make like policy.
Our strategic and operational thinking & planning long ago died a dusty death and now the wonks blow things up by the numbers…this is LBJ/McNamara’s #’s game bombing Vietnam all over again.
Don’t get me wrong I doubt we’re killing indiscriminately and our operators are doing the best they possibly can but without the proper and appropriate strategy, planning and tactics, we cannot win, we cannot kill our way out of this. I am concerned that like with antibiotics, misused medicine eventually makes the disease much more dangerous.
The Australian Financial Review: Transcript: Interview with former CIA, NSA chief Michael Hayden
PUBLISHED: 19 JUL 2013
If your interested in any of these topics, Snowden, cyber espionage, China, it’s a great read.
The Strange Case of Mexican Emigration
Don’t always agree with VDH (though mostly I do) but he’s always got something thoughtful to say. There is a huge dichotomy in how the US and Mexico treat our borders in the general sense and a near infinite chasm in how we view our joint borders. Essentially Mexico promotes illegal emigration to the US, and treats illegal immigration as a serious crime….how is it they protest when the US gets fed up?
The American Interest: Missionary Creep in Egypt by Adam Garfinkle
Simply stunning, a revelatory blog on the why the US struggles to make head or tails of what is going on in Egypt and the Middle East. It’s long and has a couple of longer links but it’s well worth it because it explains our bias so clearly, explains the Muslim middle eastern ‘socio-political-theological’ context and then shows the incompatibility of means and ends that have made such a mess of the last decade or more. If you are interested/frustrated by the unfolding mess read this article it’ll give you new context, though it won’t solve the frustration.
Read the whole thing, if you can take the blood pressure spike:
Scared Tactics: Why America will be paying for decades for a foreign policy based on fear.
BY DAVID ROTHKOPF | JUNE 18, 2013
Prudence is a term often invoked by the fearful for doing too much or too little. But it shouldn’t obscure what is really happening. Our insecurity rather than our goals is too often playing too great a role in driving our actions. Whether this is a momentary anomaly or longer-term symptom common to declining nations that have lost confidence in important aspects of themselves remains to be seen.
Sorry to say it but every day I see more evidence of our craven collapse in the face of a dangerous but far from existential threat. Our whole damned political class has lost the ability to stand straight, speak straight, be straight. To understand fundamentals like human nature and human societies outside our bubble, economics, social dynamics, technology, etc except in the narrowest most self serving way.
Richard Fernandez commenting on the Foreign Policy piece referenced yesterday.