Exit Another Fighting General Bam lets ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis go By Michael A. Walsh

DeM Banter: argh, my head hurts...couple of issues comparing Gen Mattis to MacArthur...very, very different...just read history. I do agree the message is very clear, just not sure the American public will like the 3rd and 4th order effect of what may come from military leaders that remain silent or don't ask question that must …

Rumors Of War: WSJ

DeM Banter: the beginning of any administration is awash in such stories...but it should cause us to pause and ponder....what do we want our country to stand for? Are we global? If so how? Where and when do we engage and what are our strategic interests? Those are the real questions...agree? Thoughts? Wall Street Journal …

As Obama Looks Inward, America’s Allies Worry By Gideon Rachman

DeM Banter: interesting times for sure...wonder if we will still pursue a "building partners" strategy? Any thoughts? Financial Times January 22, 2013 Pg. 11 In their second terms, many American presidents decide to strut the global stage. Richard Nixon had his overture to China. Bill Clinton became obsessed by the Middle East peace process. George …

CENTCOM Commander Reportedly Being Pushed Out Of Post w/Bret Baier

DeM Banter: since we have been talking about bold leadership...I imagine this is too bold? Of course this might only be Tom Ricks' opinion...thoughts? FNC January 21, 2013 Special Report With Bret Baier (FNC), 6:00 PM BRET BAIER, FNC HOST: Back here at home, it appears one of the military’s top leaders is being forced …

Pursuing Ambitious Global Goals, But With A More Modest Strategy By David E. Sanger

DeM Banter: The administration really seems to be pushing the Eisenhower Legacy. We have read and heard this multiple times as the POTUS begins his second term. Least we forget Eisenhower was considered a "do-nothing" President or a good-natured bumbler for many years, so his wisdom and success were definitely not immediately recognized...further Ike had …

Can America Be Fixed? The New Crisis of Democracy By Fareed Zakaria

DeM Banter: so many issue that must be addressed...yet I haven't heard many discussing "All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." -John Kenneth Galbraith "The …