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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.

Old Testament Justice. Long Delayed but Well Deserved

The demise of Ayman Zawahiri was a welcome event. It would have been unfortunate to allow him to die in bed. Moreover he did not die on the battlefield but in his comfy Taliban supplied lodging.. ..a rather unheroic death … Continue reading

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Biden Visit to Middle East. A disaster! Here is why

Well President made it to Israel, sniffed  the air in the West Bank and spent some time trying rot avoid doing much of anything, which BTW he does very well.  Thje Israelis, having a dysfunctional government   off their own … Continue reading

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The Biden Visit to the Middle East Part II . The Panglossian World

It s too easy to be cynical about almost anything that is or will happen in the Middle East. Mostly because it is  so patently stupid to be otherwise. One can always hope for the best as apparently President Obama … Continue reading

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Russians and Terrorism in the Middle East

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 side of Russian counterinsurgency, which … Continue reading

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The Biden visit to The Middle East

Word has it that President Biden will make a belated trip to the Middle East, including Israel , the  Palestinian West Bank  and Saudi Arabia. The question being bandied about is…. why at this point? In fact the main reason … Continue reading

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The Israeli -Syrian war 1982

On 6 June 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon in what was intended as a limited operation to drive the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) away from Israel’s northern border. Tasked with carrying out the invasion, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) prepared detailed … Continue reading

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Ivan meets Ahmad

This is the first part of an article I hope to present at  the ASMEA conference in November  in DC. Inshallah. Adding footnotes later Ivan Meets Ahmad  copy The war in Ukraine grinds on at this writing and will likely … Continue reading

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The Illusion of Soviet Restraint 67-73 in the Egyptian-Israeli Wars

Writing of the 1973 war  Vladislav Zubok, The Failed Empire wrote, “He ( President Sadat) kept the politburo and Soviet representatives in the dark- although, of course, the KGB,  and military must have known about the preparations. As with the North … Continue reading

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The Middle Eastern and Russian Cultural Bond.

There has been some reporting and analysis by Western  pontificators, on the apparent reluctance of Middle Eastern ruling elites to part company with the Russian  Goliath, but not very much. Almost all of it centers on some economic, military program, … Continue reading

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What did the Russians learn from the Syrian Experience? Brutality Works

Syria had become extolled as the Russian bridge to world status once again after the upheaval of the Soviet Union dissolving to the Russian Federation and military debacles or  poorly conducted  military operations in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Georgia, and in  South … Continue reading

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