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Category Archives: strategy
Trump’s Syrian missile strike was a strategic blunder with Xi
Dedicated to the memory of Dean Rusk; a Southern gentleman, an American patriot, and a public servant who understood what is at stake with China. In statecraft, there are three types of blunders or sins. Two are punished and one … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship, strategy Tagged Barack Obama, Chemical warfare, Donald Trump, Syria, Tomahawk (missile), Xi Jinping Comments Off on Trump’s Syrian missile strike was a strategic blunder with Xi
Initial analytical thoughts on Paris Attacks.
The following are some initial thoughts on the Paris attacks. The analysis relies on information in the public domain and includes what is known about previous attacks of a similar nature. I hope the following helps others to understand the … Continue reading
Posted in Government, justice, public sector, statesmanship, strategy Tagged Al-Qaeda, Guantanamo Bay detention camp, Osama Bin Laden, Paris, paris attacks, Saudi Arabia, The Pentagon 1 Comment
Child Sexual Abuse: A consequence of an imperial system?
The long awaited inquiry into historical child sexual abuse has started. The Goddard Inquiry (Hereafter the Inquiry) will examine the extent to which institutions and organizations in England and Wales failed to protect children from Child Sexual Abuse (hereafter CSA). … Continue reading
Israel’s strategy in Gaza; creating liberal democratic tendencies.
Many observers argue that Israel lacks a strategy in Gaza. If it has a strategy, it is bankrupt because any success does not stop the attacks. A related view argues Israel’s tactical advantage cannot be turned into strategic victory. By … Continue reading
Posted in Government, justice, philosophy, statesmanship, strategy, war Tagged Gaza, Hamas, Israel, North America, Palestinian people, Saudi Arabia, United States, Yasser Arafat 23 Comments
A possible Putin strategic apology
Some commentators suggest that Mr. Putin is in a difficult position and will find it impossible to explain this event or save face. See for example Tom Nichols excellent piece Panic in Red Square. I believe that reputation … Continue reading
Posted in statesmanship, strategy, transparency, war Tagged Donetsk, Government of Ukraine, President Putin, Putin, Russia, Tom Nichols, Ukraine, United States, Vladimir Putin Comments Off on A possible Putin strategic apology
How Snowden’s naivety has harmed the NSA in his own words.
For many people, the NSA’s arguments against Snowden appear hollow as they lack a smoking gun. The NSA has not provided any evidence that the leaks have damaged their ability to collect intelligence and deal with terrorist threats. For some … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship, strategy Tagged Edward Snowden, Guardian, National Security Agency, NSA, Osama Bin Laden, Snowden, United States, Zero Dark Thirty 3 Comments
Privacy and the political good.
What is missing from the debate on privacy, in general, and the debate over state surveillance, in particular, is the question of the political good either defended or promoted by constraining surveillance and protecting privacy. What is the political good … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, corruption, privacy, strategy Tagged Edward Snowden, Freedom of speech, National Security Agency, privacy, Security, state, Surveillance, United States Comments Off on Privacy and the political good.
A response to Paul Pillar on Ukraine
In his essay NATO Expansion and the Road to Simferopol Mr Pillar makes several arguments to suggest that the European Union, the United States, and NATO were as much responsible for Russia’s interventions in Ukraine as the Russian. His argument, … Continue reading
Posted in Government, statesmanship, strategy, war Tagged China, Eastern Europe, European Union, NATO, Russia, Ukraine, United States, West Comments Off on A response to Paul Pillar on Ukraine
Has Putin’s claim to bring glory back to Russia masked his betrayal?
If Putin wanted to bring glory back to Russia, he would be doing the following. First, he would improve health care. Second, he would improve higher education. Third, he would create jobs. Fourth, he would free his … Continue reading
Posted in Government, military, statesmanship, strategy, Uncategorized, war Tagged China, Crimea, European Union, Putin, Russia, Sochi, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin 1 Comment