The Rise of Special Operations


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


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


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  

Trump and the Decline of the West


by James A Russell Donald Trump’s election represents another nail in the coffin of the post-World War II global order that saw a unified West anchor the international system with its centrist domestic political consensus, free trade, and collective security… Continue Reading  

Mosul and America’s Quixotic Search for the “Decisive” Battle

Soldiers from Bravo Company 2-325 Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), attached to Task Force Tacoma walk through a market in the Al Sudeek district during a dismounted patrol in Mosul, Iraq on January 9, 2005. Bravo Co. 2-235 PIR is in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Adam Sanders (RELEASED)

by James A. Russell and Donald Abenheim The Super Bowl-like reporting about the assault on Mosul is regrettably but perhaps inevitably cloaked in America’s desperate search for a clear-cut, decisive battle that will allow the country to bask in the glow… Continue Reading