Monday, August 15, 2005

Pressing the Red Button

Two quick things this afternoon... First of all, a blog on some reading I did over the weekend- Dereliction of Duty by Lt. Col Robert Patterson, USAF (retired). Patterson has the distinction of carrying the nuclear "football" for two years for President Bill Clinton. I hadn't had a chance to zip through this book, though I had a boss who recommended it. Zipping through it, it was a fast read reminder of exactly why the Clinton Presidency became what it was. The consistent theme throughout the book is a Clinton White House without strong organization, defined purpose, or even a steady keel. Billy was more interested in chasing skirts, Hillary was Hitler, and the national security was left to . . . ? The overarching sentiment is that Clinton was ill-equipped to lead as he was a product of the 1960s Protest Culture that was "liberating" from the standpoint of social norms and emaciating in regard to strength of character, strong leadership, and organizational hierarchy. Rebelling against systematic leadership left the Clintons unable to lead a U.S. Government too big for "peace and love" leadership. Second, Ariel Sharon & Co. have begun Israel's unilateral disengagement from the West Bank today. The "pulling up the stakes" of settlements in Gaza is plastered across the TV screens tonight, and I am compelled to consider the irony of Ariel Sharon, a man once known to be the epitome of Ersatz Israel now moving out. In the long run, I think unilateral disengagement and the construction of the defensive barrier will solid answers to Israel's security problems. Defined, defensible borders are critical to detente between the Israelis and moderate Palestinians. The addendum to this, of course, is that peace is not contingent upon moderate Palestinians. It is dependent on the actions of the extremists.


At 8/15/2005 06:48:00 PM, Anonymous The Jaded JD said...

I read the book almost two years ago exactly and found it ridiculously biased. In fact, I highlighted so many anecdotes that were out of context that my highlighter ran dry. I ended up giving it away to a friend writing on that very subject, or else I'd happily recite a few examples.


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