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Securing the World’s Commercial Sea Lanes

 

One main reason America is a superpower is that our Navy is still the strongest in the world. Since a majority of the world’s commerce passes through our oceans, whoever has the world’s strongest navy can protect — adversely impact — the global economy. The Chinese and Russian navies today represent the greatest threat to […]

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T-Rex Stumbles on the Nine-Dash Line

 

Parading through their confirmation hearings, President-elect Trump’s nominees for the highest cabinet positions proved their minds somewhat independent of his. Which, of course, led to headlines like the one in Financial Times that said, “Clash of views in Trump cabinet sets stage for policy confusion.” Differences aplenty there were but mostly in contradiction of Trump’s […]

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Cutting the Waste in the Defense Budget

 

Republicans will have far more credibility on budget issues, if they can convince voters that they are just committed to cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in the defense budget as they are in other areas of the budget. Frankly, there is no other choice. Defense spending peaked in 2011 at just over $705 billion. By FY 2015, […]

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George Washington’s Cabinet of Warmongers

 

Fair Warning: Before reading any further, you may want to retreat to your safe space, and remember to bring along your 101 Mandalas coloring book. Here we go: Seventy percent of George Washington’s first cabinet were military men. And let’s not forget that Washington had served as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American […]

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Tune In At Three

 

The NCAA has gotten so ham-handed about pushing progressive politics that I’ve pretty much blown off college football altogether. But at 3 today on CBS there’s one patriotic Americanos can trust. It’s the Army-Navy game, with all the tradition and celebration of patriotism that go with it. Navy has a serious winning streak going, but […]

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Tackling the Middle East After the Election

 

The next U.S. president will have a difficult job in the Middle East. The Obama administration’s failure to appreciate the long-term consequences of its actions (and inactions) have allowed forces unfriendly to the United States to make unprecedented strategic, political, and even territorial gains. The Obama administration’s recently reaffirmed strategy toward ISIS has required Iraq’s security […]

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Can We Still Win in the World?

 

Throughout the campaign season, we watched as the two candidates frequently sparred over oft times trivial issues. Meanwhile, substantive American interests abroad continued deteriorating at an alarming rate. Some of the most significant foreign policy issues — those with direct ramifications for American national security — have been completely ignored by our presidential nominees. American […]

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As the World Burns

 

Returning from a short spell in Spain last week, I found that some aspects of the news actually seemed positive. Alas, those positives were opposed in every case by some awful facts. Just before our return, President Obama lifted part of the ban on importing Cuban goods, his latest executive order allowing Americans returning from […]

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Obama’s Blinkered Generals   

 

Obama’s generals are drafting a new National Military Strategy in the hope of imposing it on whoever succeeds him in office. It is President Obama’s final attempt to prevent military strategists from connecting the most dangerous terrorist networks to the Islamic ideology that motivates, guides, and binds them all. Since his 2009 inauguration, Obama has […]

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After Chelsea: Gen. Michael Flynn on Our Deficit of Leadership

 

Less than 12 hours after an explosive device detonated in Chelsea, I was on the phone with General Michael Flynn, the former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency who is now advising Donald Trump on national security matters. We spoke as he was walking the streets of NYC surveying the damage. Clearly disturbed by what had happened there, he shared his resolve […]

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