Category Archives: War

Potentates watching

No plan of operations reaches with any certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy’s main force.–Helmuth van Moltke, 1880. In his memoir, “Travels with Herodotus” Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuściński tells the story of a Persian potentate, Xerxes, who seated himself on a throne … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for

In his memoir, Travels with Herodotus, Ryszard Kapuscinski tells the story of a Persian potentate intent on making war with a neighboring tribe. The tribe’s queen predicts that the Persian will get his fill of blood if he persists. As … Continue reading

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Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Can the President withdraw from a treaty? Surprisingly, he can. While treaties must be confirmed by Congress, there is little precedent for Congressional approval for withdrawing, particularly when the treaty provides for this. This seems inconsistent, … Continue reading

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Conditional success

Said the calculated risk to the educated guess, let’s evaluate the climate for conditional success. –remembered lines from a four-line poem, circa 1970, title and author beyond recall Will voters buy promises of conditional success, promises which sound good only … Continue reading

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Why do we pay?

Speak softly and carry a big stick.–TR In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, President Trump points out that he alone is fighting to reform defense pact spending that costs American taxpayers. “We’re protecting immensely wealthy countries and they’re not … Continue reading

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Korea–A criminal plot?

THE AMERICAN military is holding “secret drills” as part of a “criminal plot to unleash war” claims a state controlled North Korean newspaper after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled a planned visit to the dictatorial state. North Korea … Continue reading

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Is this how we win?

The Trump Administration’s foreign policy: North Korea’s Kim is a good guy, smart. Disparage allies, praise enemies. Taliban and ISIS resurgent in Afghanistan. Trump and Putin enabling Assad to continue his murderous rule in Syria. American military resources killing people … Continue reading

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