Obama

Obama and the Search for Audacity

Obama needed to pay more attention to Ronald Reagan’s dictum that “personnel is policy.” Instead of appointing serious managers of national security policy who could think outside the box—perhaps audaciously—he filled his national security team with tired veterans of Cold War thinking.

Obama’s Memoir Offers Insights Into Major Shortcomings

With the possible exception of the memoir of President Ulysses Grant, there has never been a presidential memoir as useful or insightful as Barack Obama’s “The Promised Land.” Interestingly, he provides clues to the shortcomings of his performance that was successful in many ways but nevertheless disappointing to his devoted following.

Living in the World of the Late John Frankenheimer

As Garrison Keillor warned two years ago, it appears that it will get worse before it gets worse.

Recent News and Latest Book

Biden’s Possible Strategic Blunder

Donald Trump’s wretched national security inheritance for President Joe Biden included some low-hanging fruit that is being addressed.

Opinion: The ‘war scare’ and the CIA

The Feb. 18 news article “Newly released documents shed light on 1983 nuclear scare with Soviets” was an important reminder of the dangers of any military exercise that involves nuclear weapons, but it omitted a very important detail.

Containing the National Security State

Containing the National Security State