• War

    Foreign Affairs – Pitch Imperfect – Sanford J. Ungar

    In an era when public opinion and perceptionmatter, when social networks are more important than military networks, and the resulting interconnections can form terrible insurgencies, why are we not acknowledging the power of media? The demise — or cutbacks if you’re an optimist — of the VOA inspite of a proven track record is short sighted. A full frontal cultural and media attack, sublte and not sublte, is necessary to counter perceptions and understandings of the West. Link: Foreign Affairs – Pitch Imperfect – Sanford J. Ungar. Summary: The Voice of America — the United States’ best tool of public diplomacy — is being subjected to systematic cutbacks, even as…

  • War

    No more rear areas

    Besides the obvious issue ofimproperly preparing troops for duty, the trend of the forced war on the military — the military you go to war with not the military you want to go to war with — is simply going to hurt the US in the mid run (i.e. not even so far out as the long run). Moral will be hurt, national guard enlistments ("I didn’t sign up for this") have been hit hard, what does the government not see that we don’t? Not addressed but certainly just as important is the impact of private contractors filling roles previously held by military personnel: cooks, drivers, etc. The old news…