Disastrous Lessons

December 8th, 2009

By Jan Barry Lyndon B. Johnson’s decision to escalate U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, despite public statements that he sought no wider war, destroyed his political career. John F. Kennedy’s decision to veto hawkish generals and advisors and wage a secretive, low-key counterinsurgency campaign—which included approving a military coup that killed the American-installed president of […]


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Politics As Usual

June 12th, 2009

According to reports in The Washington Post and other media, President Obama has fired Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General for AmeriCorps and other national service programs.  According to the Post’s report, Obama’s move follows an investigation by IG Gerald Walpin finding misuse of federal grants by a nonprofit education group led by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, […]


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