Michael Singer is a friend who lives in the "deep north." He and I come from different places politically. We share a mutual interest in the events of the ’60s and early ’70s. I am glad we met after all that "wonderfulness" was over, long over. Maybe.
He wrote such an interesting comment on the "National Interest" article that I have posted it here (with his agreement).
"The National Interest piece is a great service. I wish it were required reading for the war planners working on Iran now for Rummy. The discussion about the piece has also been compelling except for one very important point.
What you and commenters have described is an America in the twilight of its hegemony, hemmed in by it’s deficit, a military with hundred of billions to spend which cannot provide body and vehicle armour for its troops fighting in real time and a government run by men and women so profoundly inadequate to the tasks of making war, securing a peace and providing for the common defense-that being the job of "Katrina" Chertoff. What is lacking here is a perspective, a step-back-look at what is really happening here: There something profoundly sad about this America you describe in your piece…it seems right and it is an America in a box it has helped build itself, which it cannot get out of short of using nucs – which, as you point out, is irrational and yet it is the weapon on which we once built our security at an unfathomable cost.
What this situation cries out for is some new thinking about intelligence, diplomacy, non UN transnational cooperation, and other than violent tools to work toward a brake on our decline. This country’s beginning was sheer genuis and it’s short history(until recently) has so much that is good to offer the world. But our light, it seems, is slowly going out, maybe being put out by some conditions out of our control and with the help of our current leadership." Michael Singer