Posts tagged ‘United States’

June 9, 2011

Noteworthy

DIVERSITY THURSDAY OVER AT CDR SALAMANDER.

YON DISPATCHES.

GERMANY WANTS U.S. IN AFGHANISTAN? I had to read that twice.

NEWEST NATO REFORMS.

CHINA’S FIRST CARRIER.

STATING THE OBVIOUS. Brit Defence Secretary Fox says “Too many are doing to little.”

CHINA WARNS NEIGHBORS TO STAY AWAY FROM SPRATLYS. South China Sea thought to have large oil reserves.

A MARINE’S DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN.

PHASING OUT BRIT PARAS.

 

June 7, 2011

Noteworthy

BEHOLD, THE FRUITS OF PROGRESSIVISM. College board wants to ban national anthem. Perhaps some higher education is the cure.

IS OBAMA OBLIGED TO FINISH AFGHANISTAN WAR?

THE FRONTLINES UPDATE.

AMERICANS THINK COUNTRY ON WRONG TRACK. Bad news for the Prez. And it looks like he’s given up.

BLACKWATER REINCARNATED IN UAE.

EXEC OF CARRIER RELIEVED DUE TO IMPROPER RELATIONSHIP. If only the democratic side of the House of Representatives had such standards.

HERE’S CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN. House GOP plan to reduce federal workforce. Giddyup.

MARINE VS ARMY APPROACH TO COUNTERINSURGENCY.

NATO SCORESHEET.

NEW CHINESE AND RUSSIAN RADARS STEALTH KILLERS? The history of warfare is of measure/countermeasure.

AFGHANISTAN: Sinkhole of corruption?

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.

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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.

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May 26, 2011

Obama: Narcissus Unbound

The Daily Caller‘s description of post bin Laden White House celebrations as “Obama Administration takes victory lap in clown car,” cannot be improved upon. In the rush to capitalize on a P.R. boon, the administration’s amateurishness was on full display, with the narrative changing constantly to suit the president’s re-election prospects. And when it comes to grabbing credit, no one does it better than Obama. Despite years of intelligence work and detailed operational planning and preparation that went into the raid, the president’s speech to the nation was riddled with the personal pronoun. Wait… that’s every speech. Sorry.

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May 26, 2011

New Joint Chief: Congrats to Gen. Dempsey

I’ve been critical of Gen. Dempsey for his devotion to doctrine, which I believe a poor approach to the complexities of non-linear dynamics and future uncertainty. However, good luck to a patriot and good man.

His elevation to chairman of the Joint Chiefs, just a few months after being named Army chief of staff, came as a surprise to many. Some speculated it was the Army’s turn, the last soldier who held the post being Gen. Hugh Shelton back in 2001. The frontrunner for chairman, Marine Gen. James Cartwright, was derailed because of allegations of sexual misconduct, despite being cleared by the Pentagon inspector general.

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