Monday, March 19, 2007

Cordesman on the "long war"

I think it's safe to say that Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pretty much burned out on the Cheney-Bush foreign policy generally. He has produced a PowerPoint-style display (it's actually in PDF format) on The Long War: The United States as a Self-Inflicted Wound 03/13/07 (CSIS).

It's a serious document. But if the title sounds just a touch snarky, so does the text at points. For instance, one page offers this set of equation that compares Iraq War verbal icons to Vietnam War instances:

US Leadership Must be Realistic and Credible

Bush = Johnson
Rumsfeld = McNamara
Cheney & Wolfowitz = Bundy and Rostows
Feith = McNaughton
Franks & Sanchez = Westmorland
Neoconservatives = Neoliberals
By "neoliberals", I assume he meant the "best and the brightest" foreign policy team of Kennedy and Johnson.

I'm not entirely sure what this next one means. But there's a bit of snark here, too:

Honor, Duty, Country:

The Marine, the Mall, Public Opinion Surveys, and Walter Reed
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