June 6, 2011

Leadership Principles of Lao Tzu

Scholars debate whether Lao Tzu – author of the Tao Te Ching and considered by many the founder of Taoism – actually lived during the 4th century BC as a contemporary of Confucius, or was merely a synthesis of early Chinese thought. Whoever he was, his leadership principles are timeless and should be required reading for those who seek and hold power. Continue reading

June 6, 2011



June 3, 2011

New HQ proof French fighting the last war?

Part of the Maginot Line

The French Defense Minister recently revealed plans for a new defense headquarters, some have called the ‘French pentagon’, to unite several command and staff functions in and around Paris:

Defense officials hope the new site will encourage a joint approach in military affairs by bringing together at the Balard site, located in east Paris, the headquarter staff of the services, which are dispersed around the capital. The Direction Générale de l’Armement procurement office will also join the defense staff. Continue reading

June 2, 2011

What About Gadhafi?

With NATO authorized to go toe-to-toe for another 60 days with a fourth rate military power, one wonders when Europe’s Brahmins will finally go for the jugular and get Gadhafi, and thus, end the conflict and suffering. As might be expected of a population who’s every imperative of manhood was provided by others, such a direct and tasteless approach is better suited to pre-Obama America and the ‘cowboy mentality’. But to be fair, the grand pooh-bahs of the E.U., in their circuitous, unintentionally intentional way, are trying to cheese the Libyan despot without really seeming to do so. Circumlocution as policy.  Continue reading

June 1, 2011

Obama golfs on Memorial Day

Funny, I don’t recall seeing this story in the U.S. media but found the link in John Little’s Blogs of War. The ever reliable Telegraph covered the story, coincidentally pointing out that not a single U.S. newspaper reported that President Obama golfed on Memorial Day.

For those who don’t read the foreign press, I’ve found their perspective a refreshing change from our lamestream media. Nile Gardiner hits the nail on the head:

“The least the president can do on Memorial Day is spend the whole day with veterans and servicemen’s families while acknowledging their sacrifice. As Koffler points out above, President George W. Bush stopped playing golf out of respect for the families of Iraq War dead. This demonstrated not only good judgment but humility and respect for the men and women who keep America safe. It is little wonder that, as Gallup reveals in a new poll, US military personnel and veterans give Barack Obama lower marks for his job performance than members of the general public. The president’s actions smack of poor taste, as well a lack of empathy and support for the US military, hardly the kind of leadership the White House should be projecting at a time of war.”

There are plenty of vets in the U.S. who teed it up on Memorial Day. That’s OK, they’ve earned it. Generally I don’t resent that Obama golfs so much, it keeps him away from the office. But not on this day.

I invite readers to submit your own captions to the photo. Mine is ‘Obama kicks veterans to the curb to enjoy 18.’

May 31, 2011

Missing the Point of the Joint Chiefs’ Kabuki Dance

Adm. Mullen and Gen. Dempsey. Courtesy Dept of Defense

Obama’s re-shuffling of his national security team, in particular, the new picks for chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, makes for great theater: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but the superficial musings of military analysts facing print deadlines. For example, after the expected platitudes to Petraeus as “the most successful general the U.S. has produced in decades,” and praising the ‘diplomatic experience’ of Adm. James Stavridis, Max Boot of Commentary allows that Gen. Martin Dempsey is an excellent choice for Chairman because of his intellect and combat experience. Continue reading