Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Understanding our disastrous foreign policy

This week, Tom Engelhardt of is presenting a three-part series on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates by Roger Morris (photo).

Part 1, The Specialist - Robert Gates and the Tortured World of American Intelligence was posted yesterday and is well worth reading, even though it’s quite long. Watch for parts 2 and 3, or sign up for e-mail alerts at

In Tom Engelhardt’s introduction to Part 1 - The Specialist, he describes the three articles by Morris on Gates as “a marvel of compression, packing into a relatively modest space an epic history of mayhem none of us should avoid - - a grim history that let to September 11, 2001, and now leads us to into an unknown, increasingly perilous future.”

My introduction to Roger Morris took place when I read The Undertaker, Part I, and The Undertaker, Part 2, about Donald Rumsfeld, posted at in February. Morris, who served in the Foreign Service and on the Senior Staff of the National Security Council under Johnson and Nixon, has helped me understand the mess we are in now. Rumsfeld and Gates, both retreads from earlier administrations, have had an inordinate influence on current foreign policy.

(photo of Roger Morris from the Green Institute)

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