Category Archives: War

Corning Farewell

They met some big wheels, and do not    Let you forget it. — Auden I went to Tom Reed’s April 21st Corning farewell meeting and found it interesting. There were about 30 people there mostly family, staff, and government … Continue reading

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How we got where we are

Trump was using Ukraine as a plaything for his own purposes — Fiona Hill quoted by Robert Draper Robert Draper, interviewing Fiona Hill, reports missteps by several US Administrations with respect to V. Putin in The New York Times Magazine. … Continue reading

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Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)

The Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) was fought between the Empire of Japan and the Russian Empire  over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea.  The Russian and Japanese empires were exhausted by the war, faced domestic unrest, and having little to gain by continuing the struggle, accepted President Theodore … Continue reading

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What do President Biden and Harry Truman have in common?

What do President Biden and Harry Truman have in common? Both were Senators, both faced (and in the case of President Biden, still face) bitter partisan opposition, both took office in perilous times. In the March 7th issue of The … Continue reading

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The Powell Doctrine

What’s the point of having this superb military … if we can’t use it? — Madeleine Albright The Powell Doctrine states that a list of questions all have to be answered affirmatively before military action is taken by the United … Continue reading

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The Cost of Sentimentalizing War

Has the American myth of the Good War helped ensnare us in bad ones? Carlos Lozada, in a book review in the November 22, 2021 issue of The New Yorker, discusses Elizabeth D. Samet’s Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and … Continue reading

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Borders

Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen Korea has a border with China which allowed soldiers and material to flow to N. Korea. Short of a war with China, N. Korea couldn’t be defeated in the Korean War. Vietnam has a … Continue reading

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An outline of conflict in the Middle East

No more than a sketch of history as I remember it. Palestinians seek justice CIA overthrows popular government of Iran, restoring monarchy. Islamic revolution deposes Shah. Hostage crisis aids election of Ronald Reagan Eight lost years Election of G.H.W Bush … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia attacked Part II

An earlier article discussed the many unknown and suspicious reports about the attack on Abqaiq. Now in an Aljazeera article by Maysam Behravish I read: Israeli air raids on Iranian-backed forces in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria may have spawned oil … Continue reading

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Saudi Arabia attacked

I. F. Stone, (Isidor Feinstein Stone, December 24, 1907 – June 18, 1989) was a politically progressive American investigative journalist, writer, and author. He is best remembered for I. F. Stone’s Weekly (1953–71), a newsletter ranked 16th among the top hundred works of … Continue reading

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