For John, BLUF: Don't be too optimistic. You are too young to remember the line from British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time." Nothing to see here; just move along.
War and the Art of Governance: Consolidating Combat Success into Political Victory, by Ms Nadia Schadlow, PhD, who is, I understand, moving to the staff on the National Security Council.
Here is how the blog post starts out:
British journalist and public intellectual Douglas Murray — who, for the record, is a) conservative, b) atheist, and c) openly gay — says that Europe is well on its way to civilizational suicide. Excerpts:Even some atheists understand that the whole idea of The West could be lost.Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide. Whether the European people choose to go along with this is, naturally, another matter. When I say that Europe is in the process of killing itself, I do not mean that the burden of European Commission regulation has become overbearing or that the European Convention on Human Rights has not done enough to satisfy the demands of a particular community.
I mean that the civilisation we know as Europe is in the process of committing suicide and that neither Britain nor any other western European country can avoid that fate, because we all appear to suffer from the same symptoms and maladies.
As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.
Europe today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even take its own side in an argument. Those in power seem persuaded that it would not matter if the people and culture of Europe were lost to the world.
Regards — Cliff