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Five Plays That Could Get Obama Off the ISIS Hook

September 10, 2014

The navigation by Barack Obama of The Islamic State problem (aka, ISIS or ISIL) is a study in strategy of the influence sort.  Among the feats of persuasion he must attempt are (1) to convince Americans that military action will be necessary to defang new state terrorists that are ironically stateless, and (2) that his administration’s six-year […]

Caught in a Legacy: Obama’s Deeds Can’t Match His Words

September 3, 2014

For more on this post, listen to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 09-04-14 Over lunch this week I asked a defense industry friend, an expert in information warfare, about America’s fast-rising terrors.  “Is Obama playing a good game?” I asked, wondering about the president’s casual posture toward ISIS and Vladimir Putin.  “I don’t think so,” he munched. […]

Three Plays Behind ISIS Beheading Video. And Counterplays to Consider

August 20, 2014

Whatever can be said about the ISIS beheading video, there’s little doubt that influence strategy is central to its calculus.  And there’s little doubt the dreadful act was supported by a play, run by someone on someone else for a reason.  From our Glossary of Influence Plays, here is how we define a play: Influence Play […]

I am Vacation. I am Hillary. I am Africa. I am Ebola. I am Groot.

August 7, 2014

For more on this post listen to Alan Kelly on SiriusXM POTUS 08-07-14 Even in the summer months, when Washington is in retreat (literally, I’ll argue), there’s no shortage of plays in a week.  Here are six: PASS.  Congress left town for five weeks without passing even a border package. They passed in other respects too as […]

Propaganda Wars: From Gaza to West Virginia

July 30, 2014

BENNY’S BLITZ  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might be as aggressive in the war of information as he is in his war on Gaza.  Blitzing the American Sunday shows this week, he tuned in to pitch his own propaganda against his Hamas rivals.  His plays were heavy with authoritative Fiats (e.g., “Israel is not obliged and is not […]