The February Briefing of The Lincoln Society
Two weeks ago, on January 23rd, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published their annual assessment of the challenges to humanity and moved the Doomsday Clock closer to apocalypse than it has ever been set since the clock was created in 1947—just 90 seconds to midnight. While we might summarily discard their analysis as that of panic mongers, it would be imprudent to ignore the underlying circumstances which promote their increasing concern—especially when that concern was heightened, not pacified, by the recent shift in national security strategy by the Biden-Harris Administration.
On October 12th, already 630 days (or 43%) into the current administration’s elected term, the White House finalized its National Security Strategy. Given the quiet recognition that our Commander-in-Chief is ill-equipped to effectively handle a crisis or manage the military, the NSS is a critical demonstration of intent by the Joint Chiefs, the Pentagon, and the National Security community.
We will examine the 5 segments of the new NSS, paying particular attention to segments III (Global Strategies) and IV (US Strategy by Region), and examine reaction to the execution of those strategies by key, named belligerents.
Finally, we will examine the two most important questions, “Are we on the road to war?” and “What must we do?” It is to answer that second question which conservatives must equip themselves with knowledge and resolve.
We must not falter, we must not fail.
We look forward to seeing you! And, don’t forget two things… we’re at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney, and be sure to tell a friend!
—Bill Blake, President of The Lincoln Society
William F. Blake is a trained economist, historian, political scientist, and published analyst in the Austrian tradition. A Masters Graduate of The London School of Economics, he holds awards of Merit and Distinction in the disciplines of Economics, International Finance, Political Science, and International Relations. He conducted graduate research with The World Bank, The International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Islamic Development Bank.