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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.

Islam in Decline? Again?

Recently I have seen several articles on the seeming decline in adherence to Islam by its followers in the Middle East. This may be true. Certainly the corruption within the clerical ranks of Islam would seem to  justify this decline. … Continue reading

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Armenians Vanquished. Azerbaijanis Victorious . The big winners; Russia and Turkey . Big Losers ; the West and Iran

The shooting war has ended, thanks to the merciful intervention of Russia to end what became  a lop sided victory for the Azeris and a devastating humiliation for Armenia. Videos of the carnage shows that the Armenians left behind  many dead … Continue reading

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Iraq Report: Situation going from bad to worse as Iran maintains control against little resistance.

The power struggle in Iraq today centers on the  struggle  between Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Both have militias as part  of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU).There is a total of 67 Shi’ite factions … Continue reading

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The Iranian fingers reach North Africa. The Polisario and Western Sahara issue re-emerges but not by accident

After many years of relative peace it is no longer quiet on the Western  Front. The thumbnail sketch of the issue. 1884 Spain colonized Western Sahara, formerly populated by Muslim Berber tribes.Over time they became Arabized. IN 1934 It becomes a Spanish … Continue reading

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Iranian Way of War

My Paper presented at the 13Th ASMEA conference (virtually) Without footnotes ….Slides inserted in the paper.    Historical Considerations in Understanding Iran’s Military and Their Way of War  By Norvell B DeAtkine   Academic and media angst at the early … Continue reading

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Azerbaijan Vs Armenia. Small State Conflicts With Centripetal Possibilities.

There are few places in the world that can outdo the Caucasus for having an Alice in Wonderland attraction, a fatal one however, especially the two nations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Once, both entities, the Azeri and Arminian communities, were … Continue reading

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World War II Propaganda in the Middle East. Lessons for today

Mark Pomerleau writing on information warfare had this to say: “I think the United States is being strategically defeated in the information environment. We’re not even holding our own. We’re being defeated. We’re being outmaneuvered, we’re being outflanked, we’re being … Continue reading

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Recent Revisions to the lessons learned in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war

WordPress millennials and GenZ techies came up with this great new format which I, and apparently millions of others, cannot understand .I am trying to use it but has every disadvantage and no benefits as far as I can see. … Continue reading

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Cancelled Palestine Conference Promised Violent, Anti-Israel Propaganda

When the coronavirus restrictions prevented Middle East Studies academics from getting together in groups, they took their support for Palestine online. BDS organizations have been sucking up bandwidth for many months, pursuing their academic boycotts of Israel etc… Source: Cancelled … Continue reading

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Next Stop for Turkish Aggression

Just a few miles off the Turkish shore lies the small Greek island of Kastellorizo, an Islands of about 5 square miles inhabited by about 500 Greeks. Looking at a map one can see that there are a number of … Continue reading

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