America’s Motley Middle Eastern Crew

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by James A. Russell The media has provided a daily barrage of coverage of the ever-changing story of how Jamal Khashoggi met his tragic and barbaric demise, with accompanying tales of just how awful those bad old Saudis really are.… Continue Reading  

The Strike Warfare Chimera

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by James A. Russell You could hear the back slapping in Paris, Washington, and London as the allies unleashed a fusillade of missiles at Syria in response to the April 7 chemical attack in the suburb of Douma. The “precision”… Continue Reading  

The Rise of Special Operations

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by James A. Russell Americans by and large have lost the connection with what war is all about—even as their armed forces and robots roam the globe blasting away at enemies both real and imagined in a desperate and fruitless… Continue Reading  

Dereliction of Duty

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by James A. Russell It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry listening to President Obama’s series of retrospective interviews on radio and television about his eight years in office. He invariably comes off as a bright, reasonable, detached… Continue Reading  

Trump: The Manchurian Candidate

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by James A. Russell Hollywood has always had a vivid and creative imagination in providing entertainment that an adoring public eagerly gobbles up around the world. That imagination, however, has proven prescient on more than one occasion. We are now… Continue Reading