ZenPundit
Sunday, January 21, 2007
 
RECOMMENDED READING

This should be a good edition. Let the sparks fly:

From Dr. Carl Conetta of The Project on Defense Alternatives, a new article "Resolving Iraq" which lays out what I would term the " withdraw now" position on Iraq of the more Democratic side of the national security and defense communities. A summary can be found here. I am pairing this one with:

From LTC David Kilcullen, special adviser to the State Department, "Don't confuse the "Surge" with the Strategy" at the SWJ Blog. Colonel Kilcullen describes the change as
"The new strategy reflects counterinsurgency best practice as demonstrated over dozens of campaigns in the last several decades". This post can also be discussed at The Small Wars Council.

Matt at MountainRunner has a post that should be of interest to many readers here (including Tom, Steve, John, Critt and Dave) - "Visualizing connectivity, civilization, readers of this blog". A picture is worth 1000 words in this instance.

Speaking of Dave, at Thoughts Illustrated he has an example of "Amazode" a very cool " book networking visualization" app. Try entering some of your favorite books into the search.

Updating the series on Evolutionary Cognitivism by Dan of tdaxp:

Selection and Cognition, Epigenetics and Diversity, Children and Diversity, The Implicit and the Explicit, Man among men , More than Genes, Bibliography

eerie at Aqoul reviews Hernando De Soto's The Mystery of Capital. eerie is getting quite good at scouting out good reading material for my book pile.

The latest Hugh Hewitt-Thomas Barnett transcript can be found here.

At Secrecy News they have a copy up (roughly 400 page PDF) of the Defense Science Board's unclassified "Educing Information:Interrogation Science and Art". This was the report I received last week and it has some good material for those interested in the intelligence side of things.

"Difference and Friction" at the consistently excellent Edge Perspective with John Hagel.

That's it.
 
Comments:
Do you consider it worthwhile to start a poll at SWC: will the surge work before we must drawdown our troop counts? Will be interesting to see how many people, like Kilcullen, take this nonsense seriously.

On a different note, Iraq has shown that Bush's critics were wrong and he did pay attention at Yale. As taught by scholars in the humanities and "soft" social sciences, reality is malleable. The "narrative" is all-important, the social construct we weave around events.
 
I did not realize it's "opposites day" at Zenpundit! What pretends to be hard analysis is actually humor!

The Carl Conetta article shows that the left can be as delusional as the neo-cons. A civil war in Iraq is bad, but why not go all the way to a regional war?

Invite the Turks in to kill the Kurds. The Iranian Shia to kill the Arab Sunni. The Arab Saudi Sunni Arabs to kill the Arab Shia.

Fun for all.

Of course it might not play out that way. They might all gather in Iraq as peacekeepers and sing kumbayah. After all, that's the assumption made by the Admin and DoD war planners.

Perhaps they were not wrong, just early.
 
That Amazode tool is like watching water being poured on Gremlins.
 
Hi Fabius,

I sent Carl a note prior to posting but he has not yet responded to my observations, based on what you have already seen here from me.

I'd say go for it in regards to SWC poll. I think the key to the response though is the definition of what we mean by " Did the surge work?". I'm pretty confident that the irregulars will either withdraw temporarily or be chewed up if they are cornered and forced to fight.

But after that military moment you either have a viable political or diplomatic step ready to go or you don't.
 
Thanks for the links!
 
The point being made by Pat Lang (among others) is that there's no politics to be had in Iraq. At least not what we mean by the word.

As to diplomacy… Pretty hard to come by when you aren't on speaking terms with most of the prospective negotiating partners.
 
Hi Dave,

Yeah, the political moment has passed I'm afraid.

The not talking part I don't get. Ok, perhaps not State if you want to have candid discussions and deal-cutting but that's why we have a CIA and other backchannels. For those kinds of negotiations that won't work in the light of day.
 
Hewitt and Barnett. I guess it might be a useful lab experiment to see what happens when intellectual dishonesty meets jargon-laced delusion, but otherwise.....
-- sglover
 
Post a Comment

<< Home
Zenpundit - a NEWSMAGAZINE and JOURNAL of scholarly opinion.

My Photo
Name:
Location: Chicago, United States

" The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances as though they were realities" -- Machiavelli

Determined Designs Web Solutions Lijit Search
ARCHIVES
02/01/2003 - 03/01/2003 / 03/01/2003 - 04/01/2003 / 04/01/2003 - 05/01/2003 / 05/01/2003 - 06/01/2003 / 06/01/2003 - 07/01/2003 / 07/01/2003 - 08/01/2003 / 08/01/2003 - 09/01/2003 / 09/01/2003 - 10/01/2003 / 10/01/2003 - 11/01/2003 / 11/01/2003 - 12/01/2003 / 12/01/2003 - 01/01/2004 / 01/01/2004 - 02/01/2004 / 02/01/2004 - 03/01/2004 / 03/01/2004 - 04/01/2004 / 04/01/2004 - 05/01/2004 / 05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004 / 06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004 / 07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004 / 08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004 / 09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004 / 10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004 / 11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004 / 12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005 / 01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005 / 02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005 / 03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005 / 04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005 / 05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005 / 06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005 / 07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005 / 08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005 / 09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005 / 10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005 / 11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005 / 12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006 / 01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006 / 02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006 / 03/01/2006 - 04/01/2006 / 04/01/2006 - 05/01/2006 / 05/01/2006 - 06/01/2006 / 06/01/2006 - 07/01/2006 / 07/01/2006 - 08/01/2006 / 08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006 / 09/01/2006 - 10/01/2006 / 10/01/2006 - 11/01/2006 / 11/01/2006 - 12/01/2006 / 12/01/2006 - 01/01/2007 / 01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007 / 02/01/2007 - 03/01/2007 / 03/01/2007 - 04/01/2007 / 04/01/2007 - 05/01/2007 / 05/01/2007 - 06/01/2007 / 06/01/2007 - 07/01/2007 / 07/01/2007 - 08/01/2007 / 08/01/2007 - 09/01/2007 / 09/01/2007 - 10/01/2007 / 10/01/2007 - 11/01/2007 / 11/01/2007 - 12/01/2007 /



follow zenpundit at http://twitter.com
This plugin requires Adobe Flash 9.
Get this widget!
Sphere Featured Blogs Powered by Blogger StatisfyZenpundit

Site Feed Who Links Here
Buzztracker daily image Blogroll Me!