February 19, 2004

The War on Errorism

Not a detailed exposition here, but something to chew on.

Take a look at these bibliographies, and let us know what you think the US military chain of command might make of an administration that wilfully blinds itself to objective, empirical evidence on all sorts of policy and polity issues, military and otherwise.

Yes, obviously, the Army is a political beast -- especially so at the topmost ranks, in the same manner as any other large organization. And, yes, your correspondent The Confidence Man is a good Latourian, and as such believes that politics and science are ultimately not separable from one another.

But -- as I think Gen. Schoomake might point out, his reading list indicates above all else the necessity of reacting appropriately to counterfactual evidence when theories or plans go awry.

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