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On Principle and Expediency in Syria and Iraq

The intervention of Turkey in Syria has come as a “FINALLY” moment for many of us watching the Syrian Crisis, for good or for ill. The reasoning behind the long delay of Turkish movement to counter ISIS is easy to … Continue reading

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What we left behind in Korea

Today marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Armistice which ended the Korean War of 1950-1953. It is often remembered as “the forgotten war” in the United States, lost somewhere between the good war of 1941-1945 and the bad war of … Continue reading

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The War in the West; What Now?

A few months ago, I wrote of the potential challenges of a joint thrust by the Iraqi Military and supporting elements against Mosul, following on successes in January and February in halting the ISIS blitzkrieg on the north-south axis and … Continue reading

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Victory in Europe

May 8th will mark the 70th Anniversary of the German Surrender to Allied Forces, VE Day, with the Russians celebrating a day later. The Kremlin’s victory celebration has regained a decidedly ominous timbre with the renewed tensions between Russia and … Continue reading

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Reflections at Spotsylvania

The first beautiful Sunday of Spring seems as good a time as any to resume the battlefield visiting and the study of Civil War tactis. It’s only been two weeks since my last visits to Monocacy and Antietam, both of … Continue reading

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Atsumori

One of my favorite stories from Japanese history is the surprise attack on Ichi-No-Tani, an episode of the Genpei Wars (1180–1185) between two preeminent Japanese clans, the Taira and the Minamoto, or the Heike and the Genji as they are also … Continue reading

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Uncertainty Reigns

Recent polling numbers, as reported by CNN, suggest that Americans on the whole are now more open to the use of escalated force against the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, at least judging by the disapproval 57% of … Continue reading

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