Sunday, March 1, 2015

Some links to readings for Sunday

Perhaps an unusual read for national security but perhaps Joshua gives us something to think about when we see talking heads on the television.  But I mean no disrespect to all my good friends who are true professionals who work in thank tanks.

But what this may be an illustration of is the young aspiring professionals and how they have to try to break into the national security space and what happens to them as twentysomethings.

The Drink Tank

I actually think this is good advice for attendance at any PME institution as well as graduate school.

How to Enjoy Lobster in Newport: Preparing for the Naval War College

by Joe Byerly

SWJ Blog Post | February 28, 2015 - 10:46am

Perhaps Siharon has lost another arm or maybe his horse was killed.  But I really wish the military leaders would stop putting time estimates on when they will have the enemy "totally decimated."

The Joint Task Group Sulu has received information that Abu Sayyaf leader Radulan Sahiron was wounded during one of the encounters but this is still being verified.
“Philippines is looking for a decisive engagement but the Abu Sayyaf do not clash with us head on. They have been avoiding us since they sustained losses during the previous engagement,” Padilla said.Armed Forces spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla said another Abu Sayyaf leader, Hatib Sawadjaan, was also injured but the report has also to be validated.
With regard to the BIFF, the breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Catapang said it would take about six months before the rebels are totally decimated.

Military steps up offensive vs BIFF, Abu Sayyaf

Hold on here.  Where does this "Camp Aguinaldo insider" get this?

But a Camp Aguinaldo insider said the US decision was in response to threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East.

I will cut right to the chase:

The Bush Doctrine, by contrast, is the path to victory — if we get that one addendum right.
It is this: Our enemies are not driven by American foreign policy, our friendship with Israel, our detention of jihadists at Gitmo, or the supposed “arrogance” our current president likes to apologize for. Those are all pretexts for aggression.
Our enemies are driven by an ideology, Islamic supremacism, that is rooted in a classical interpretation of sharia — Islamic law. Islamic supremacism is rabidly anti-American, anti-Western, and anti-Semitic. It rejects the fundamental premise of our liberty: that people are free to govern themselves, rather than be ruled by a totalitarian legal code that suffocates liberty and brutally discriminates against non-Muslims and apostates. And sharia is an actual war on women — denying them equal rights under the law, subjecting them to unthinkable abuse, and reducing them in many ways to chattel.
In the “you are with us or you are with the terrorists” view of national security, any Muslim nation, organization, or individual that adheres to Islamic supremacism is on the wrong side. Failing to come to terms with that brute fact is where the Bush Doctrine went awry.
Bring Back the Bush Doctrine—with One Addition
There is a path to victory in the fight against radical Islam, and our next president should embrace it.
By Andrew C. McCarthy — February 28, 2015
We should ask ourselves whether this will lead to real changes in regime behavior or whether this could lead to regime change from within.  Will this grow the nascent resistance within north Korea and if so what comes next?

There are tantalizing signs of liberal reforms in North Korea

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