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Posts from the ‘Decision Making’ Category


What’s War For

The journalist David Rieff has a marvelous essay at FP today, deconstructing the accelerating the accelerating trend toward humanitarian war.  Rieff raises, indirectly, a question of which we, as a strategic actor, have lost sight–rather unbelievably, given the significance of the issue.  Just what do we go to war for, anyway? Read more »


Kagan and the Character of Rising Powers

So Robert Kagan was on Diane Rehm today, talking up his new book.  It was a sober, mature conversation about world affairs and America’s role in them.  No histrionics, no name calling, a balanced view of the current administration, a nuanced appreciation for a bunch of questions.  Just the sort of public debate we need—admittedly of a particular view—on many issues of the day.  So two-and-a-half-cheers for Kagan.

Which still doesn’t mean a guy’s gotta agree with him. Read more »


Seeing Events, or Making Them

On the day that John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, a man stood, quiet and still, by the side of the road used by the presidential motorcade.  He was holding an opened umbrella on a cloudless and bright day.  And reports suggest that the first bullets to strike the president rushed directly past the Umbrella Man. Read more »