Stewart on Lawrence

I'm watching Rory Stewart's narration of the life of Lawrence (yes, that Lawrence). On difficult terrain: can't patrol it with small units, because those units can then be ambushed; can't garrison it, because units there couldn't be resupplied. So much of it remains empty, most of the time, "and an empty space on the map … Continue reading Stewart on Lawrence

Energy Politics: Gazprom, Meet Google

If you thought Gazprom's approach to managing customer relations  - or its role as an extension of Russian geopolitics - was a problem, just wait for this one: according to the NYT technology blog "Bits", Google, "which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data centers, last month created a subsidiary called … Continue reading Energy Politics: Gazprom, Meet Google

Message to Exum: Political Endorsement Doesn’t Make it Right

I've been following with interest some of the discussion of MGen Michael Flynn's views on intelligence reform for the ISAF mission in Afghanistan. It revisits the debate on civil-military relations that came up back in September when Flynn's ISAF boss,  General Stanley McChrystal, was publicly lobbying for his population-centric campaign plan before the White House … Continue reading Message to Exum: Political Endorsement Doesn’t Make it Right