Category Archives: War

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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Is Peace Possible in Afghanistan

Only international backing, ideally through the UN Security Council, can make any agreement durable.–op. cit. Vikram Singh and Jacob Stokes, opinion contributors to The Hill, discuss peace prospects in Afghanistan. These authors claim that regional powers and the United States … Continue reading

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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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