THE FAILED GRAND STRATEGY IN THE MIDDLE EAST By Walter Russell Mead

DeM Banter:  However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. -Sir Winston Churchill Wall Street Journal August 24, 2013 Pg. C1 The Saturday Essay In the beginning, the Hebrew Bible tells us, the universe was all "tohu wabohu," chaos and tumult. This month the Middle East seems to be reverting to that …

Obama Officials Weigh Response To Syria Assault By Mark Landler, Mark Mazzetti and Alissa J. Rubin

DeM Banter: This just hurts on so many levels... the death toll in July varied between 80,725 and 106,425 ...and now we are going to wait for evidence of chemical weapons use (M-9 tape?). On another level...we ground 33% of our combat aircraft and then want to look at airpower options. These situations are immensely …

IN MIDEAST, U.S. POLICY MODELS BOG DOWN By Jay Solomon and Julian E. Barnes

DeM Banter:  Another case for something we used to call strategy.... I think Gen Mattis says it best below..."I would challenge anyone today to tell us what our Mideast strategy is. The realist and interventionist schools of foreign-policy thought are not established on any strategic basis. The crises are blowing away an intellectual fog, revealing …

The Three Philosophical Paradoxes of Second Leader Leadership…. or Two’s In! DeMarco Banter

Recently I was struggling with some…what I will call frustrations at work. I could not really put my finger on it, I have a great job, work with great people, and have a great boss. I spent some time pondering and praying over this frustrated state and through that--it dawned on me. I have spent …

Crises Can Be Averted By Dismissing Toxic Leaders By Adrian Bonenberger

DeM Banter: Many issue with the article below, but the message rings loud and clear...we have some leadership issues in the DoD...heck in the nation... At War (NYTimes.com) August 19, 2013 The military has taken its fair share of institutional blows lately, including scandals that have humbled generals and admirals, a rising suicide rate, embarrassing …

Mideast Issues/Global Crisis? 18 Aug 2013: Multipul Sources and DeMarco Banter

DeM Banter:  Ponder a map of the Middle East today... and where there is trouble.  Off the top of my bald head... we know there is an Egyptian "situation," there is Syria (not getting much press over the past couple days), there is Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan (albeit not true mid east), Pakistan, Yemen, Libya (forgotten), …