Category Archives: The Long War

The Feat of Balshazzar: U.S. Policy Falters In Balancing

Anyone with even a mediocre classical education knows what “mene, mene, tekel upharsin” refers to; a doomed Empire.  What does this have to do with the Pax Americana?  If one looks to the Maghreb, the Arabian peninsula, Mesopotamia, southwest Asia, … Continue reading

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Nadia Schadlow & the Reform of Dept. of Defense

Dr. Schadlow’s magnum opus is War & the Art of Governance, it remains a perennial achievement from which to dismantle the chorus of neo-isolationists that insist that Amerika Come Home; if team Trump under McMaster and Mattis are to win throughout … Continue reading

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Fallujah: Again!!

The retaking of Fallujah is nothing less than a total repudiation of the Obama doctrine. May 22, 2016 was the day Iraqi prime minister Haider al-abadi decided to call the American’s to strategize on how best to tackle the Sunni … Continue reading

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French War Plan: The Soft Underbelly of Africa. . .

If the French ever get serious about counterterrorism they should seek to capture or kill the Islamic leadership ravaging throughout French Africa.  Indigenous French resources aren’t readily at hand, however, the reach of Paris by proxy is advantageous. Chad began … Continue reading

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Yemen Falls: Iran Wins

The emergence of Yemen as a failed state is real.  The U.S. closed its embassy yesterday while ethnic, ideological strife has engulfed the Arabian southern tier.  This comes on the heels of the death of the Saudi monarch several days … Continue reading

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An Emerging Threat Throughout Pan Africa-Arabia

The latest attacks on American Embassies throughout the world remind older readers of the very late 1970’s when U.S. embassies in Kabul, Tehran were overrun by Islamists while Cuba exported its militancy throughout west Africa and Central America. It was … Continue reading

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Iraq: In Retrospect

The canard that Iraq was a poorly conceived, executed endeavor that proved harmful to strategic U.S. interests is an insight that may be historically if myopically correct, yet completely misplaced.  Gone is the mention of numerously failed U.N. Resolutions; Saddam … Continue reading

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A Rixoic Victory: Tehran 1 : The Great Satan 0

Amir Taheri remains a signifiant asset, those that continue to follow his intelligence briefings as I do remain indebted to man who embodies the highest standards of international affairs.  His latest brief on how the American’s fared as they grappled … Continue reading

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A Flock Of Doves: Requiem For American Power

Robert Bartley would’ve been proud of the Wall St. Journals editorial recently, for it elaborated on the reasoning why Obama chose Kerry for State and Hagel for Pentagon. The reason is simple:  both men embody a diminished vision of an … Continue reading

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Pentagon Procurement & Civilian Military Relations: The Key to Winning ‘The Long War’

The key to understanding how large monolithic bureaucratic institutions like State, Pentagon and Defense work in tandem with Congress and the White House is to uncover the small yet vital liaisons that work between them. Why is this important? Because … Continue reading

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