Readbook: Bombing Iran, Governing Iraq, Civilian Control of the Military, Death of the Web, and Dutch Drug Laws

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Obama vs. Petraeus. Uh oh. Civilian control of the military? Nice theory, argues Andrew Bacevich, but "In practice, civilian control—expectations that the brass, having rendered advice, will then loyally execute whatever decision the commander-in-chief makes—is at best a useful fiction." The press? Not much better. "The absence of any serious complaint" about the late 2009 leak of the McChrystal plan, or about the more recent provision of classified intelligence documents to WikiLeaks, "reflected the fact that, in Washington—especially in the press corps—military leaks aimed at subverting or circumscribing civilian authority are accepted as standard fare. It’s part of the way Washington works."

Bombing Iran. The Atlantic has lined up an interested panel on the prospects of a nuclear Iran and Jeffrey Goldberg's recent article on US and Israeli options. Marc Ambinder weighs in; read the full panel here.

Too much to handle. Getting lost amid Foreign Policy's proliferating online smorgasbord of blogs, channels, and other webbish bits and bobs? Looks like it's just done a nice job of retuning its web architecture. The navigation bar in the online magazine's header is now much easier to navigate. I just noticed the change this morning; we made some similar adjustments to CI's own header navigation links yesterday. 

The web is dead, long live the internet. So write Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff at Wired magazine. Not that we or FP are paying much heed. I suspect this will become one of those much cited but seldom read pop culture referents that will be misunderstood in much the same way as has been Francis Fukuyama's The End Of History. 

The Blagojevich verdict. I will not be reporting on it. I recommend the rest of the web, which is apparently dead, but still awash in app-filtered news and opinion on this particular subject.

 The benefits of membership. Thinking about crossing the notional border into Holland to indulge? Think again. Maastricht has other ideas about who should be allowed to legally imbibe.



Governing Iraq. Iraq's elites contemplating what comes next.

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