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Krazy Karzai

I’ve always been amazed at the sheer sophistication of Eurasian nomads, especially their ability to discern propaganda.  A culture primarily shaped within oral traditions is NOT easily duped by either western mores nor technological advance.  As Marshall McLuhan studied throughout … Continue reading

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The Great Gamble

There are two authorities on the AfPak region that are worth reading, Dr. Anatol Lieven who resides at King’s College, London and Ahmed Rashid.  Dr. Rashid currently has residence at Oxford University.  Both men have impeccable credentials along with language … Continue reading

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Dr. Brendan Simms: Strategery

I’ve always loved how the experts, the specialized mandarins and policy wonks ridiculed Bush for his malapropisms. The overly specialized development of precise language does have its flaws, if only exposed in the caldron of the mundane.  Where else is … Continue reading

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The Growth Of Obama

The Presidency is not the place for ‘on the job training’, yet our current Commander in Chief may stump both supporters and opponents given his agenda to ‘reset’ the American imperium throughout the Middle East.  This is witnessed in his … Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden: The Nemesis Of History

The death of Osama bin Laden ushers in an period of relief fit for Sophocles! It should surprise no one that violent revolutionaries are unfit to govern the impact of the means by which they rule.  This tale is well … Continue reading

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The Arab Awakening: American Leadership & The Irony Of Reversal

Ours is an age that would have sent Greeks to their Oracles! Witness American waver in a land embraced by a leader whose very identity is nominally informed from Arabia.  Given His place within the pantheon of American leadership after … Continue reading

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Defeating Edward Said & The Politics Of Partisan Passion

In the intervening years before the Bush administration committed political and national capital in promoting Democracy in Iraq through invasion, President Bush spent many personal hours with two distinct men, discussing Islam, Medieval Islam and the intrinsic cultural receptivity Islam … Continue reading

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The Limits Of Westphalia: Reflections On The Demise & Awakening Of International Relations Post 9-11

It must have horrified the great Dr. Kissenger to publish a book immediately prior to September 11.  “Does America Need A Foreign Policy” was published the summer of 2001.  Reading it in light of September 11 proved hollow for so … Continue reading

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