Is Obama’s new defense strategy based on the ideas of Donald Rumsfeld?

"Conventional forces in the military will resist cuts to their ranks, and, thanks to the power of defense lobbyists, we are likely to continue producing more expensive fighters and larger ships than we need. Still, this time around, some of Donald Rumsfeld’s ideas about the military are likely to find more followers than they did ten years ago."

- Amitai Etzioni, Obama’s New Old Defense Strategy

What caused the super committee to fail?

The super committee emerged this afternoon to publicly declare their failure to reach a compromise on deficit reduction measures.

Does that mean, as TNR’s Tim Noah has been prognosticating for the last week, that the super committee must really be dead?

Read Tim Noah’s tick-tock of the super committee demise, here.

Photo courtesy of the Christian Science Monitor.