Our President has been giving a lot of thought to Iran lately.

He even explains it in SHOUTING ALL CAPS.

He is ready to target 52 Iranian cultural sites.

Now where on earth is he going to find the locations of 52 Iranian cultural sites?

Oh.  Never mind.

Check the page views for the Wikipedia list of UNESCO sites.

Saturday – 825

Sunday – 7,423

Monday – 14,109

In other news, hackers may have taken down the FDLP site,

But the redirect is still working and you can still link to think pieces like this one from 2016-2017, about military assessments in a supposed “post-primacy world”.

Looks like HuffPo already reviewed it (and it has been noted in other quarters, and pooh-poohed in others, who think America is still very dominant indeed) but IMO they picked the wrong paragraph to highlight. Given the NYT article that “The Pentagon also tacked on the choice of targeting General Suleimani, mainly to make other options seem reasonable.” and “When Mr. Trump chose the option of killing General Suleimani, top military officials, flabbergasted, were immediately alarmed…” I would have gone with the section on Presidential briefings on p. 87.

Preceding articulation of specific risk judgments outside of the Pentagon, defense and military senior leaders should skillfully integrate the foundational terms suggested by this report into all DoD’s communication with defense-focused communities of interest and practice. Once established as a common point of departure, the foundational terms of reference pave the way for a more sophisticated articulation of risk outside of DoD….

The six critical risk considerations captured under persistent dialogue described earlier in Section VI are also effective tools for communicating important risk considerations to key decision-makers outside of DoD. They are set up to specifically see an “if that, then this” relationship between specific defense and military actions or choices over the near-, mid-, and long-terms. They purposefully make side-by-side comparisons of red and blue relationships. Moreover, they do so specifically for both DoD and defense-interested senior leadership to understand the consequences of an increasingly diverse and dynamic challenge and response menu….

To the extent DoD senior leadership allows the post-primacy narrative to take hold, focuses risk assessment on adaptation, and frames internal and external communication in the context of succeeding in a hyper-competitive environment, the likelier it is that any significant DoD course corrections will survive scrutiny. Again, drawing on important insights from the study’s SRG, risk communication is “about the story.” The same SRG member concluded that DoD “need[s] to start explaining the story in a more compelling way.”

Yep, it’s them thar briefings.

This is really some kind of profound insight into the inner workings of our government, and maybe even explains the level of communications that occurred leading up to the missile attack that killed Suleimani. Yeah, maybe I better upload a copy of the PDF, just in case:

At our own peril – DoD Risk Assessment in a Post-Primacy World

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