Category Archives: Diplomacy

War Sycophants and ROTC Kids

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Tom Ricks lecture at Arizona State University.  In his retirement as a defense reporter he is a Fellow at Center on the Future of War.  He currently writes the Foreign Policy Blog: … Continue reading

Posted in Afghanistan, Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, China, Diplomacy, Friends & Allies, Marine Corps, Mattis, NATO, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Lost in the 50s, or Something

Seems like the 1950s are hip and with it again. Are the parallels valid? Michael Totten reviews Ike’s PhD seminar in foreign affairs. And he thought Montgomery was bad! Thank goodness, then, for Hudson Institute senior fellow Michael Doran’s valiant … Continue reading

Posted in Constitution, Diplomacy, History | 1 Comment

State Department Leadership Vacancies

While the chattering classes gasp and wheeze, I view this as a positive development: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s job running the State Department just got considerably more difficult. The entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of … Continue reading

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Birthright Citizenship

This post is in response to a question raised by our fellow alum and master educator (not kidding – he’s won an award for his teaching – belated congrats Prof!) MikeB. The question posed was: “…[W]ould you consider ending ‘birthright … Continue reading

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Landmines: Not a Love Story

I have been in a few minefields. Some I knew about, some I didn’t. In one case, we conducted a marksmanship range for our companies of the Afghan National Army near Pol-i-Charki. Marksmanship is a rather loose interpretation of sending … Continue reading

Posted in Constitution, Defending the Homeland, Diplomacy | 5 Comments

Potty-mouthed Squirrels

While the News Media fixes the attention of Low-Information Voters with a game of “SQUIRREL! (the Potty-mouth Edition),” the Russians are very busy executing a far-reaching strategy. SQUIRREL! (the Potty-mouth Edition): entertainment + voting guidance for the voter who just … Continue reading

Posted in Declaration of War, Diplomacy, Russia, Strategy | Leave a comment

State Department Spokesmouth Laughs at Transparency

WTF?? A top State Department spokesman on Thursday boasted that his department is open and transparent, but could hardly finish the sentence before erupting in laughter. “Welcome to the State Department,” spokesman Mark Toner said. “I think we have some … Continue reading

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