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Pakistan, the Politics of Endgame: the slaughter of innocents

I was personally horrified to learn of the slaughter of innocents in Peshawar, only to remind myself that effective executive counter-terror policy requires sound intelligence networks devoted to the maintenance of political institutions that serve ‘citizens.’   The slaughter of … Continue reading

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Apaiser: Peace or Imminent U.S. Defeat, The Parisian Afghani’s & Power Blocks

About 40 miles north of Paris is the lovely town of Chantilly, a town known for horse training.  This luxury town is now witnessing the imminent defeat of America throughout the AfPak region.  How is this so?  America has a … Continue reading

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George Melloan: The American Imperium For An Uncertain President

George Melloan has written “The Great Money Binge:  Spending Our Way To Socialism,”  out from Simon & Schuster 2009.  As former Editorial page writer and editor for the Wall Street Journal makes him a protege to the most powerful man … Continue reading

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Amir Taheri: Inscrutable Taliban Nomads Can Defeat U.S. In ‘The Long War’

Amir Taheri was executive editor (1972-1979) of the pro-western Iranian newspaper Kayhan which shut down with the arrival of the Islamic Revolution.  Taheri is known the world over as an erudite international relations expert specializing in Persian affairs.  If Oriana … Continue reading

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Pakistan: The Geopolitical Imperatives In The Long War

Let’s face it, dealing with Pakistan is like child rearing.  All the more dangerous when its done by academics finding themselves facing the unrelenting realism of militant fanatics. How else are we to see this wavering ally? Pakistan suffers from … Continue reading

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Arthur Herman: The Perils Of Rigid Historicism

Ever since Leo Strauss wrote his infamous ‘Natural Right & History’ which forever defeated that overly rigid mental habit to discover a cyclical theme running throughout history (in academic circles its called Historicism), this Marxian habit certainly dies hard.  Witness … Continue reading

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Najam Sethi: The AfPak Theatre

Najam Sethi is the editor in chief of the Friday Times and Dunya TV in Lahore Pakistan.  He has written a prescient essay articulating how the United States ought to develop a grand strategy in dealing with both Pakistan and … Continue reading

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AfPak COIN Review

Kim R. Holmes is former assistant secretary of State and is currently Vice President of The Heritage Foundation, a wealthy Conservative Think Tank in Washington D.C. Recently, Dr. Holmes gave an interview where he criticized the U.S. role in our … Continue reading

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AfPak Papers & American Statecraft

The central tenant of any counterinsurgency is the consolidation of domestic political leadership.  What the Bush administration got right was his unwillingness to bend to the wishes of the Pentagon, State, Media, Congress or Wise men on the absolute need … Continue reading

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