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.

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The Foreign Policy Establishment Strikes Back at Obama

The most fascinating aspect of President Barack Obama’s unusual interview with The Atlantic was his liberation from Washington’s foreign policy establishment. Now the establishment is striking back. The president of the Council of Foreign Relations, Richard Haass, led the charge with the startling observation that Obama’s refusal to use force in Syria was comparable to President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003.

KPFA Radio Event Speaker

Featured Speaker For a KPFA Radio Event on April 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM
Melvin Goodman “Whistleblower At The C.I.A.”

Containing the National Security State

Containing the National Security State