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It's curious how the number seven ties to the tragic plane crash of Malaysian flight designated flight MH 17 on a 777.

That is not to make light6 of what has happended, a massive loss of life. 

Then the date, 7 July, 7, in a 777, and again on  the seventh mon… Read full post »

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There are many problems facing America in foreign affairs, not however mainly of our making.

We didn't invent the 1667 conquest of Ukraine by the suceessor state to the original Russian Empire of Kievan Rus.

As to Netanyahu, there is an analogy to Nicon going to China,… Read full post »

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The author cannot be described as being pro-Israel or anti-Palestinian.

Rather that situation has tragic origins now  is niniety years old.

Although that length of time doesn't induce hope, proplems are what they are too.

As to the current dispute, it is biased to repo… Read full post »

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Iraq and the Middle East have had a very mixed bbag of experiences as independent states since the Great War ended in 1917.

It didn't reaaly end then, as France had to bomb areas of Damsxus in 1930, and the British even used mustard gas to beat down tri… Read full post »

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My glasses are broken and so any errors as to typos have that cause. 

IN the end, Iraq has to govern iitself, just like children have to leave their parents too, someday.

It is obvious that the Iraqi Security Foreces need something of an apron string, the… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2014 2:50PM

The Kurds Dreams of Independence

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When you hear certain towns fall, it's easy to see why ISIS chose the routes that they did, save for one: Kurds.

When you see their path and strongholds, it then is more obvious that the Kurds cannot be said to be so passive afterall, and that some are trying to… Read full post »

JUNE 18, 2014 5:41PM

A Non-Partisan Debate on Iraq

For MEB, forever. And "Johnny Ramrod," for a 15 month tour.

It might have been predictable that Iraq would become a painful issue in the history of American foreign policy. 

If you don't see that, think about what would have happened if Saddam had lived as long as Mubara… Read full post »

JUNE 17, 2014 11:08AM

Iran and The Iraqi Crisis of 2014

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The best titles of works on the Middle East have a commonality as to title, if not optimistic ones; Quicksand, A Peace to End all Peace being my personal favorites.

Iran of course borders Iraq completely in the East of Iraq, for right around 1,000… Read full post »

JUNE 16, 2014 4:40PM

Iraq in Modern History: Part I

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Iraq is going back into the news cycle, because it looks like a civil war is a distinct possibly, a civil war that would endanger the contractors there, and the diplomats too, as in thousands of lives.

Deploying more American ships to the Gulf as has been announced is jus… Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2014 2:59PM

Dienbienphu and Iraq

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It is never easy to make policy in international relations.

That is because there are just too many complexities to know with a very high degree of certainty what the policy options will actually do in practice.

That has led to some researchers using analogy as a method of … Read full post »

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Prior to WWI, Iraq was a somnolent wasteland for the Ottomans.

As WWI developed, some leaders of Iraq (same thing happened in Persia in WWII) took the Ottoman and Germany's side, which combined with the soon British looking for a way to get and then bypass the three O… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2014 10:37AM

D-Day & World History

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It's a lesser known raid, and not an invasion, at a place called Dieppe, where a whole regiment of Canadians got pinned down and then captured or killed.

It was a trial run, but, it did show to Allied commanders the real risks of a challenged amphibious landing, like the… Read full post »

JUNE 5, 2014 5:03PM

Tiananmen And Chinese History

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It's 25 years since the People's Liberation Army obeyed the orders of their bosses in the Communist Party, and cleared Tianmen Square with the use of pretty serious force.

That sounds uncomplicated, and it is, almost as to the sleight of hand that "It was the other square, just… Read full post »

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As to why most countries bargain with terrorists, much in the national discourse lately with the ongoing trade of five Taliban for one American soldier, it is often a pragmatic regocognize that if a war is coming to an end, it means people go home, POW's included.

It… Read full post »

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It's not much ado about nothing, except it is in the case of Clinton-Monica.

It's not new in the sense that politicians having done that,  just the massive media explosion on that topic, which since then has given something of a free pass to those caugh… Read full post »

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You read and will read more about the worry of a "Booming Economy>

The argument is that all the economic policy boosters has created a frothy interest rate environment for equities on Walll Street, one that will not hold up well when in response to higher interest… Read full post »

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President Obama went on a surprise visit to "Obama's War," the Afghan conflicts, and yes, there are more than one, which he properly alluded too.

When he came to office, he inherited two wars, one in Iraq, the other in Afghanistan.

Since the war in Iraq… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2014 1:52PM

Memorial Day: To Not Forget

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Memorial Day, en memoriam, for those who gave their lives for their countray.

There was a story I read about, about a soldier killed in Afghanistan, on his fourteenth tour.

14 times.

It was a lot to ask, maybe too much, to ask  someone to go ou… Read full post »

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When people through out the "Next Hitler" card, as did a British prince recently, if as a question, and not as a formal media and policy statement.

Generally speaking, the "Next Hitler" question has been asked recently in terms of say Saddam, if really he was onl… Read full post »

Forever MEB.

It's not favored as much as it once, It being High School graduation, and yet don't underestimate the impression one leaves too, one reason for decorum in personal conduct throughout life.

That's valuable stuff, not to be blown off as to "just High School."&… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2014 6:06PM

American Interests and Ideals in Syria

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http://tomnichols.net/blog/2014/02/07/the-syrian-disaster-we-can-stop-pretending-now/

The author above can always be read with profit, if I do not always concur, and to whom I apologize, for criticism far in excess of what was warranted on this topic. 

People are dying in… Read full post »

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People forget history rather often, if it is instructive to read, if only to see why some narratives have validity, and also because they might resurface.

It is reasonable to be relatively open-minded about such things, the alternate narrative, for example the debate about… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 10:12PM

Whither America in Ukraine?

For MEB, forever. Colt Llc.

In 1991, George H.W. Bush made a speech in Kyiv in which he stated that he did not favor independence for Ukraine, hitherto known as the "Chicken Kiev" speech.

That obviously wasn't a flattering description of the tenor of the speech of President H.W. B… Read full post »

For MEB, forever.And B.And an American hero, Sgt. Kris Domeij. 14 times... I hope it ...what can one say say? 14 times. People did their best, and may God grant him and his family peace, thank you being appropriate and totally insufficient.

I once ran with the crew team at its first freshma… Read full post »

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It's strange when you read Von Schlieffen's notes on his vaunted Plan (which did almost work to be fair), as in 1912, he calls the German situation "unbearable."

Germany was developing rapidly, so what was unbearable didn't make much sense when I read Ritter's work on the topoc… Read full post »