The Best Defense mailboat last week dropped off the new issue of Harvard's International Security magazine. I tore off the wrapper eagerly and gazed at the contents. And then I nodded off.
"The lack of black officers who lead infantry, armor and field artillery battalions and brigades -- there are no black colonels at the brigade level this year -- threatens the Army's effectiveness, disconnects it from American society and deprives black officers of the principal route to top Army posts" -- Tom Vanden Brook in USA Today
Check it out.
In the same issue, I also read and was struck by the memoir, "This War Can't Be All Bad." It rings true.
This document is worth perusing, but hardly earth-shaking. It is the first time I've ever seen an official military document take note of the concept of "R2P," a.k.a. "responsibility to protect" (p. 20, paragraph 64).
So it would seem. I have been reading the World War II diaries of Oliver Harvey, a fairly obscure British diplomat. On Nov. 1, 1941, he wrote that "Weizmann had seen [St. John] Philby, Ibn Saud's man and a converted Moslem, who had said he believed Ibn Saud would be willing to give Palestine to the Jews provided that the Jews financed it and H.M.G. [His Majesty's Government -- i.e., the British] backed him."