Category Archives: The Critical Path

Ride Captain Ride

on your mystery ship,

This is kind of a blockbuster if you ask me — if a blockbuster can be defined as something that nobody except Susie Madrakeven notices:

On Friday, April 8, as members of the U.S. Congress engaged in a last-minute game of chicken over the federal budget, the Pentagon quietly issued a report that received little initial attention: “A National Strategic Narrative.” The report was issued under the pseudonym of “Mr. Y,” a takeoff on George Kennan’s 1946 “Long Telegram” from Moscow (published under the name “X” the following year in Foreign Affairs) that helped set containment as the cornerstone of U.S. strategy for dealing with the Soviet Union.

Fortunately our serious people are discussing important stuff, like why it is impossible to send war criminals and financial fraudsters to jail, because forward looking means never having to say your sorry about anything except for calling Jokeline and Bobo Glecks with edumacation.

While I’m adding the ‘o’ might as well add, oh and jobs also too.

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The Ten Day Plan

Gates Says U.S. Lacks a Policy to Thwart Iran

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document.

Gates satisfied with U.S. planning on Iran

ARLINGTON, Va. — Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said he was satisfied with U.S. planning regarding Iran’s nuclear program, rebuffing mounting criticism of the Obama administration’s approach to Iran during a joint Pentagon appearance Tuesday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Since I don’t think Iran is a suicidal nation I find it hard to think they would commit it with a first strike nuclear attack if and when they acquire such a weapons system, so I am looking beyond that scenario to what would the situation look like if they in fact did posses one. That’s where the theoretical and hypothetical meet and is the crux of Israeli fears. I would suggest you do so too.

High Centered On Low Values

It ought to be 99%.

The distrust of the two systems, political and economic, can be expressed in various ways, but people will not have confidence in the two systems until they are reassured that they are not confidence games.