Occasional Power Line reader Robert Coram is the author of intensely interesting military biographies including Boyd (about the Air Force pilot/military strategist John Boyd) and American Patriot (about the mind-boggling Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day). At The Federalist, Dan McLaughlin draws on one of Boyd’s concepts to explain the course of the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
In the words of the song, “Something’s happening here/What it is ain’t exactly clear.” In “Military strategist explains why Donald Trump leads–and how he will fail,” McLaughlin draws on Boyd’s OODA Loop doctrine for both explanatory and predictive purposes. According to McLaughlin, Boyd’s OODA Loop explains what’s happening here (and accounts for the absence of the question mark in the heading of this post).
I find McLaughlin’s long (long) essay more interesting and useful than anything else I have read on the campaign so far this year. I thought readers who haven’t caught up with it yet might find want to check it out.