Update on Anthology America’s Defense Meltdown (free download)
November 15, 2008 by don
Update from Winslow Wheeler, the editor of America’s Defense Meltdown: A Plan for President Obama and the New Congress. This book is published by Center for Defense Information (CDI) Straus Defense Reform project managed by Winslow Wheeler. Recently some think tanks published through DoD their own recommendations for changes to our defense establishment, which appeared to do very little in turning the Titanic (as always). Of course the people that push these safe ideas with brilliant sounding titles will get awarded for their obedience to the establishment with lofty jobs some where in the hierarchy of Defense. That is America today, led and ran by “cheerleaders.” (remember by the same people who gave us the financial crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and our energy crisis, “everything will be fine, don’t worry be happy.”)
Jim Fallows has been a tremendous help by mentioning America’s Defense Meltdown at his blog (twice!). This has generated a couple of hundred requests for copies . Fantastic! Thanks, Jim. GI Wilson has sent me some of the reactions he has been getting from sending it out, also. This is exactly what we need. One never knows what small act will have a big payoff to get the buzz going and force the Obama people to know they have to respond.
To help distribution, we now have a site at CDI where people can download the full pdf. This is at http://www.cdi.org/program/document.cfm?DocumentID=4404&from_page=../index.cfm. The download for the 2.6 MB file takes a minute or two; tell people to be patient. Feel free to distribute the link. If any of you have a good relationship with people in the press likely to actually read parts of the book, this is no time to hold back.