The nice thing about falling behind on this feature is that good material builds up. Hoo-HA!
Books are intellectual “auctoritas“. The blog is fun. Syndication is nice but op-eds in a few print outlets – The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report – are the big time influencers with the old line establishment. Nice work Tom!
I was certain that Boyd 2007 would spark a new series out of Dan; here he will delve into the intuitive conflict of fifth generation warfare.
Fabius Maximus – “America takes another step towards the “Long War”Part I“
Fabius draws a contrast with the start of the Cold War to question some of the operative premises of the GWOT. There is also a sustained critique of the COIN philosophy of LTC. David Kilcullen.
1 Raindrop – “William Gibson Thinks You Should Go to Metricon“
Gunnar is one of those guys who deserves to have me link to him more often than I do, a true expert in IT security as well as a Gibson fan ( seems to be a common thread among Zenpundit readers; I am halfway through Neuromancer, my first Gibson read)
Dr. Nexon, much in demand for Harry Potter interviews these days, critiques Donald Kagan’s grasp of grand strategy, giving both praise and criticism. I like the term “neo-neo-Reganite” too – something to be said for reviving the most effective aspects of Reagan foreign policy. :O)
William Lind – “How to Win in Iraq“
A number of readers, including Morgan, have urged that I read Lind’s piece. As someone who grew up reading Ayn Rand, Russell Kirk, Albert Jay Nock, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, it’s weird for me to see a genuine paleoconservative like Bill Lind enunciating a grand strategy of conserving the state. Yet the global environment has changed and the Burkean roots of conservatism are finding political traction, at least in some quarters.
PARAMETERS -“A Social Network Approach to Understanding an Insurgency ” by Brian Reed
Particularly appropriate paradigm for tribal societies where networks come ” hard wired” by genetics as well as by social, political and economic choices.