Understanding Russia’s Role in Afghanistan

Recently, I argued the United States should use India as leverage to pressure Pakistan into abandoning its support of the Taliban (and other jihadist groups) in Afghanistan. In so doing, I believe, the United States finally would be able to formulate a political solution that would allow a majority of American forces to return home […]

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How Can Trump Survive the Fall of Mike Flynn?

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday in the midst of what looks on the surface to be a fairly overblown scandal. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Tuesday told reporters President Trump asked for Flynn’s resignation due in part because of the “evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation.” […]

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Dispatch from ‘The Resistance’: California Bills Would Hasten Indoctrination

California legislators, with all of the foresight of a newspaper columnist, have scanned the news pages in search of new monsters to destroy. With the shock of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve alighted upon “fake news” and “the Russian hackers.” Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael plans to introduce legislation that would require the state adopt […]

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In RE: Lewis v. Trump—A Thought Experiment

It should be stipulated without reservation that U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was one of the most important civil rights heroes of the 1960s. He sacrificed not only his personal safety but helped to lead a movement that brought America into line with its own founding, ideals, and aspirations. As we commemorate the broad life and scope of Reverend […]

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Why the Deputy Secretary of Defense Matters: The Case for Robert O. Work

One of the greatest misconceptions that civilians have about the U.S. Secretary of Defense is the belief that his  primary task is that of an administrator. Wrong. In  fact, the secretary’s job is that of a strategist. The role of administrator falls to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. The Secretary of Defense needs to understand […]

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Trump’s Bitter-Ender Critics Are Consumed With Projection

Friedrich Nietzsche famously warned, “he who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster.” Judging from the ongoing neoconservative meltdown in response to president-elect Donald Trump’s feud with the Intelligence Community, the lesson has fallen completely on deaf ears. Perhaps the ur-text of the species arrived this past Friday, when self-proclaimed […]

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A Note to DNI Clapper: There Are No Slam-Dunks When It Comes to Signals Intelligence

The use of signals intelligence (SIGINT) has become the preferred method for the Intelligence Community  to gather information on America’s enemies. Essentially, SIGINT is electronic surveillance as opposed to Human Intelligence (HUMINT), which is when human beings—as opposed to distant satellites—do the actual spying. Since the end of the Cold War, America has come to […]

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The Case for Space Dominance

For nearly two weeks in 480 B.C., a massive Persian army numbering as many as 300,000 troops was prevented from invading Greece by a small band of dedicated Greek warriors, heroically led by the Spartan King Leonidas at the Battle of Thermopylae. Despite being numerically superior, the Persian force was hemmed in by unfavorable geography […]

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Russia: What Is It To Us?

The current hubbub about Russian interference in the U.S. political process, subsequent to anonymous whispers to the New York Times and Washington Post by U.S. intelligence officials, as ever aligned with the Left side of American politics, is based on exactly, precisely, zero facts we know of. Contrast this with the Soviet era, when the […]

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