September 26, 2014
Intelligence Failure: A Conversation with Herbert Meyer
We’ve featured the wisdom of Herbert Meyer before on Power Line (and he has a new article on the subject of political persuasion out right now that I want to discuss over the weekend), here and here on the end of the Cold War, for example. I got to spend some time with Herb in person recently, and I brought Power Line’s video production crew with me to record some of it. My sound turned out poorly, but Herb is crystal clear. The video is in 3 parts.
February 5, 2013
William Casey at 100: Herbert Meyer’s Brilliant Lecture
I made a brief reference here the other day to a lecture Herbert Meyer recently gave to the Young Americas Foundation on the occasion of the 100th birthday of William Casey, Ronald Reagan’s extraordinary CIA director. Meyer was a special assistant to Casey from 1981 to 1985. This lecture, along with Meyer’s contribution to the endgame of the Cold War, deserve more attention.
American Cold War policy might be said to have begun with the famous “Long Telegram” from George (“Mr. X”) Kennan, and then NSC 68, the equally important strategy document written largely by Paul Nitze. Both of these documents routinely find their way into nearly every history of the Cold War that has ever been published.
But a third document deserves to take its place next to Kennan’s “Sources of Soviet Conduct” and Nitze’s NSC 68: Herbert Meyer’s November 1983 memo to Casey (and Reagan) on “Why the World Is So Dangerous.” It was in this remarkable document that Meyer predicted that the United States under Reagan was on its way to winning the Cold War, and why. His analysis of what was going to happen in the USSR (before Gorbachev, remember) was dead on. The memo was later leaked in an attempt to embarrass Casey and Meyer (and Reagan, of course), but we can see who ended up embarrassed. The CIA bureaucracy sniped at Meyer, but Casey told Meyer: “Not to worry. You have two important fans and allies. Me, and the president.”
The entire lecture is a riveting tour of the endgame of the Cold War, told without a single note, in the compass of about 50 minutes to a group of students for whom the Cold War is pure history. It’s 50 minutes well spent.
February 3, 2009
3rd Annual Ronald Reagan Lecture
The Center for Vision & Values
Grove City College
Ronald Reagan Lecture Part 1
Ronald Reagan Lecture Part 2
Ronald Reagan Lecture Part 3
Ronald Reagan Lecture Part 4
Ronald Reagan Lecture Part 5
February 17, 2008
Three Challenges Facing Western Civilization
Three Challenges Part 1
Three Challenges Part 2
Three Challenges Part 3
February 24, 2008
Overcoming Challenges in Western Civilization Today
Overcoming Challenges Part 1
Overcoming Challenges Part 2
Overcoming Challenges Part 3
June 22, 2011
Playing Offense at the CIA - Remembering How We Won the Cold War