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Recommended Government Documents Reading

There are a number of noteworthy government documents conservatives and other intellectually open-minded individuals should include in their year end and new year’s reading resolutions.  One of the first is a June 17, 2010 notice  in the Federal Register from the Depts. of HHS and Labor, along with the IRS, concerning the impact of Obamacare on group health insurance policies.  Supporters of Obama’s “signature legislation” will find this disheartening as it proves to be an eerily prophetic demonstration that  many individuals and families will lose their health insurance. During 2011 and 2012, the House Homeland Security Committee did a series of hearings on Islamic radicalization in the U.S.  At the time, this committee was chaired by New York Rep. Peter King and critics of the committee poured forth the usual vitriol emanating from leftist multicultural orifices e.g. McCarthyism, racist etc.  Nevertheless, these hearings  http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo19724    , http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/fpo27868

and  http://purl.fdlp.gpo.gov/GPO/32110                        

contain useful and illuminating information on how domestic U.S.  Muslims can become radicalized and how tragic it is for their families, communities, and the U.S. Foreign government documents can also provide useful insight into domestic issues affecting their countries as well as additional perspectives on how these countries policymakers see emerging international issues.  A Maritime School of Strategic Thought for Australia Perspectives is a compilation of essays produced by the Royal Australian Navy’s Seapower Centre containing perspectives on how Australia, as a maritime nation, should develop a coherent body of strategic doctrine to reflect this economic and geopolitical reality. The U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute is always an excellent source of analysis on military and international political issues.. Their 2013 study The Causes of Instability in Nigeria and Implications for the United States provides on that oil-rich country’s ethnic, economic, religious, and political cleavages which could produce possible national disintegration and have a significant impact on U.S. interests in that increasingly important geopolitical region.  We are still far from finding definitive answers to the Benghazi consulate attack fiasco with the Obama Administration continuing to withhold critical information.  The late 2012 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee report Flashing Red provides some additional information beyond the very superficial State Dept. Accountability Review report but we remain a long time away from the definitive analysis of this calamitous tragedy. Naval War College Press’ exemplarly Newport Papers monographic series released Commerce Raiding:  Historical Case Studies, 1755-2009 documenting this naval phenomenon throughout history and its ongoing relevance in contemporary maritime law and strategy.  The U.S. Army’s Combat Studies Institute Press has also issued The Roots of Military Doctrine:  Change and Continuity in Understanding the Practice of Warfare.  Additionally, the expense of military warfare and ongoing budgetary constraints among the U.S. and its allies make it impossible for any one country to unilaterally bear the burden of conducting sustained military operations.  This makes multilateral burden sharing and interoperability more critical and the U.S. Naval Heritage and Education Command demonstrates this through its recently published You Cannot Surge Trust:  Combined Naval Operations of the Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Navy, Royal Navy, and United States Navy 1991-2003 The upcoming year should see additional documentation of Obama Administration follies in domestic, social, and international policy from Congress and even from the Obama Administration itself.  Some of this documentation will occur in the increasing anger of Obama’s youthful and aging acolytes who let themselves be seduced by his fraudulent “change you can believe in rhetoric,” the myth that the federal government is capable of solving all our problems, and the delusional belief that you can impose vast swaths of social experimentation on American politician, cultural, economic, and social norms without incurring grievous damage and significant popular blowback.

Finally, the U.S. Government and other governments also produce periodicals and journals containing useful insights into issues of governmental policy jurisdiction.  An article I found particularly invigorating this past year was Energy Insecurity: The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels published in the Spring 2013  issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly by Air University Press.  This is a very effective demolition of the myth that renewable energy sources are adequate substitutes for national security needs and  effective overall national energy policy.

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