The language and spirit are Snowden’s, so I’ll pretend Snowden wrote it, even though the presentation came from Canada’s Communications Security Establishment.
If you have read Revolution in the Air, or a couple of related posts on Gene Sharp’s From Dictatorship to Democracy, you know that I agree with Sharp’s ideas about how to resist dictatorships in order to replace them with democratic forms of governance.
When checkmate is inevitable, you resign the contest. We still need a leader who asks, intelligently, “What do we do now?” We need a leader who cares about the answer.
Washington’s elites damaged their credibility and prestige on the world stage long before Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin came along to try their hand at it.
The U. S. mishandled this conflict from the start. You can make that judgment without any reference to international law. You only need common sense.
The world has entered a highly unsteady state, with no nation to enforce norms. In this environment, we need need good foreign policy leadership in Washington. We need a president who knows what he does not know.
Sadly, though, the CIA demonstrates its treachery and betrayal of American ideals all too often. Betrayal is never funny, certainly not laughable. Yet presidents still enlist their help.
The lesson is simple – one that applies to politics, business, and Super Bowl rings – don’t deal with people you don’t trust. Don’t deal with weak people who need to demonstrate their strength.
Mainstream media articles about U. S foreign policy as the year draws to a close come fast and perhaps more furious than we expected as we prepare for New Year’s.
I ran across an article recently that said we should ask each other more often, “What are you reading?” We …
The new president, after eight years of Republican stupid shit, decided to develop a new doctrine: “Don’t do stupid shit.”
Our leaders appear bewildered, without a strategy. Of course they have no answers or plans. Correct strategy in war rests on truth.