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About Tex

Retired artillery colonel, many years in a number of positions in the Arab world. Graduate of the US Military Academy and the American University of Beirut. MA in Arab studies from the American University in Beirut along with 18 years as Middle East Seminar Director at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School, Served in Vietnam with 1st Inf Division, Assignments in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, plus service with Trucial Oman Scouts in the Persian Gulf. Traveled to every Arab country on the map including Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

MY Talk at ASMEA Conference. The Russian Middle Eastern Tar Baby in the Middle East

I gave a presentation at the  Association for the Studies of Middle eastern and Africa on Monday & Nov at The Georgetown Marriott in Washington DC. It was mostly a gathering of scholars and their interest  military affairs is always … Continue reading

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The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. A Paper Tiger?

The protests and general chaos continues in Iran and   there are some indications that someone or some group  inside Iran is orchestrating the continuing violence. An example is the burning of the Sepal bank which handles the money for … Continue reading

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Will The Protests in Iran lead to all-out revolution? Heart says yes. Head says NO

First a vignette. My Iraqi friend goes to her favorite Persian restaurant in   NOVA and asks the owner, a nice Persian  fellow what he though of the protests in Iran if he thought it would lead to revolution and … Continue reading

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Iran. The domestic conflict continues

There are eerie similarities between the situation in Iran today and the rebellion which overthrew the shah. The most critical one is the continuing strikes of key industries in Iran. One for the telling and critical tipping points in the … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur War 48 Years ago.

The Egyptian generals were amazed that the Israeli senior military and political leaders were caught flatfooted by the Egyptian/Syrian attack in 1973. If these Egyptian generals knew how many warning  from the highest levels and  the most impeccable sources that … Continue reading

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What is happening in Iran?

Bottom Line .We do not know. A couple of days ago I wrote that, despite my hopes, the new uprising will faiIl. gave several reasons, among which one particularly critical one is that the new revolutionaries do not have a … Continue reading

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The New Iranian “Revolution.” Chances of Success?

To understand this m new development in Iran one must look back to the 1978-79 revolution that ousted the Shah. Like this new movement in Iran it had certain similarities. In late 1977, intellectual, elite  sectors of the Iran populations … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Russian Linked Terrorism

Middle Eastern Russian Linked Terrorism The depth of Russian immersion into the La Brea tarpits of Middle Eastern fanaticism and polarization is graphically illustrated by the level of Soviet/Russian involvement in terrorist activities in the Middle East. As the flip … Continue reading

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The 9/11 Report. Dereliction of Duty by The United States Command Authorities

MEMRI the premier American counter-terrorism organization  published this summary of Al Qaeda boasting on the various servers that carry their exhortations for their followers and sympathizers …As below Attacks As An Extension Of The Battle Of Badr The message, which … Continue reading

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Is an Entity called Iraq Viable?

For many years I paid little attention to the news from Iraq. Most of the news was filtered through ideological or political  viewpoints and was simply a dreary day to day recitation of the corruption and abuse of power that … Continue reading

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