Category Archives: Defense

The wit and wisdom of America's fighting general

General James Mattis eats nails, sleeps on nails, and can break a jihadi in half with one fingernail. At least that’s the impression you get from reading about the new boss of Central Command, which oversees the wars in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Better a strong president than a great general

Changing commanders in the middle of a war is never easy. Lincoln fired lethargic General McClellan and appointed Grant to command the Army of the Potomac. The troops were not happy with the change. Truman fired General MacArthur, and conservatives … Continue reading

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Vietnam: The war that never ended

I was 12 years old in when the Vietnam War ended. Ask me for my memories of 1975, and I will describe a hazy montage of helicopters and mobs of terrified Asian faces. Today marks the 35th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Panzer Fail: The Demise of the Main Battle Tank?

Tanks are the steel beasts of modern warfare. But is the beast becoming extinct in the U.S. military? One critic warns that the U.S. doesn’t even know how to use tanks anymore. Col. Gian Gentile laments in a Small Wars … Continue reading

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How to start a nuclear war in one hour

Napoleon told his generals that he could grant them anything except more time. Time is everything, in terrorism as well as war. The constant message of shows like “24” is that there always a ticking bomb, a ticking clock and … Continue reading

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When did it become legal to assassinate Americans?

For the first time, a U.S. citizen is being targeted for assassination as a terrorist. The Washington Post reports that Anwar al-Awlaqi, the New Mexico-born cleric living in Yemen, has been placed on a target list that makes him fair … Continue reading

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No more Burger King for U.S. troops

No more Burger King, Subway or ice cream shops. If American soldiers in Afghanistan want all the comforts of home, then they had better wait until they get home. “This is a warzone – not an amusement park,” wrote Command … Continue reading

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