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No Strategy for Victory. At Least Not for the Good Guys.

October 13, 2021

“Victory,” as the Department of Defense defines it in its Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, is – well, it’s not there. It doesn’t exist.  The Pentagon has no official definition of victory. The very word itself doesn’t appear once in the more than 350-page, annually updated lexicon. It hasn’t appeared for a decade, perhaps […]

Global Conflicts: Can We Keep Tabs On It All?

January 22, 2018

Wtih global conflicts stretching the United States toward the breaking point, many feared that the world’s only superpower in 2017 was headed over a cliff. Flailing policies in Afghanistan stole hard-fought American military gains and had made the Taliban enemy a player again. Things became even worse in Iraq, with ISIS jihadists forming their own […]

America’s ‘Provocative Weakness’

December 31, 2013

As it continues its spiraling, across-the-board decline, the Russian Federation is becoming more relevant as a world power. This development became most visible when President Barack Obama effectively placed Vladimir Putin in the driver’s seat to resolve the crisis in Syria. The Russian strongman quickly used the opportunity to diminish the U.S. role even further. […]