Captain Wayne Porter of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Colonel Mark Mykleby, who wrote the paper for the Woodrow Wilson Center, argue that the United States has its policies all wrong. America’s greatest national security threats aren’t terrorism or foreign armies—they are a crumbling infrastructure at home, the depletion of natural resources, climate change, and an overdependence on what they call “defense and protectionism.” Counterintuitively, this paper from special assistants to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, argues that America’s best hopes for world leadership lies in classical left-wing tropes of conservation, soft power, and aggressive humanitarian work abroad.
Click through for their four biggest (and most controversial) suggestions on the best path to maintaining America’s global hegemony.
This is nothing short of revolutionary. Read it!
(And in case anyone gets confused: That’s not CAPT Porter or COL Mykleby. It’s an Aussie officer and a USAF cameraman. And a solar cell. Rock on, military solar cells.)
"Just how American bullets make their way into Bahraini guns, into weapons used by troops suppressing pro-democracy protesters, opens a wider window into the shadowy relationships between the Pentagon and a number of autocratic states in the Arab world."
"I’m thankful that you are the first in the nation state because you are the liberty state," Bachmann said. "That is your charge. You keep that baton of liberty. You’ve done it very well for almost 20 generations from the time the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and I’m sure the very first one came up to New Hampshire and said, ‘This is where I want to be.’"
Several school-aged children attended the event, which was held at the site of a planned private high school.
Bachmann sprinkled in remarks related to her concerns about the public education system with her calls for fiscal restraint.
"I don’t think that our public schools are necessarily the place where one fixed set of political beliefs should be imposed on students," Bachmann said. "I think that knowledge, facts, and information should be on the table, and let students decide what their beliefs should be."
Speaking of beliefs, Michele Bachmann, I believe that the Pilgrims did land at Plymouth Rock, and that Plymouth Rock isn’t on New Hampshire’s 18-mile coastline. But everyone’s entitled to their beliefs, right?
Three human rights activists received online death threats on Friday. Their photos were posted on Facebook, along with a request for them to be ‘killed and liquidated’. More on these threats at BBC. [The Canadian Press]
Demonstrators confronted police on the streets of Financial Harbor on Sunday. [Reuters]
MJ's friend, video journalist David Botti, is crushing it for the New York Times in Libya. Today, he offered an intimate portrait of Omar al-Sigury, a recently married Benghazi construction worker who is joining the rebels’ front lines. When asked if the rebels are well-equipped to fight Qaddafi, al-Sigury — one of seven siblings — answers:
No. We have nothing. We have faith. We have trust in God that we’ll get victory. We’re going but we don’t even know if we’ll come back.
Last week, Libyan dissident Najla Aburrahman begged western media to pay attention to the bloodbath unfolding in her country. “If the Libyan protesters are ignored,” she wrote, “the fear is that [Libyan dictator Muammar] Qaddafi— a man who appears to care little what the rest of the world thinks of him—will be able to seal the country off from foreign observers, and ruthlessly crush any uprising before it even has a chance to begin.”