Author Archives: Tex

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.

Armenia and Azerbaijan. The Clash of Civilizations on the Fault Line.

Samuel Huntington in his epochal  book, The Clash of Civilizations explained what should have been obvious to  modern historians but were rarely touched upon, i.e.- that the most intractable wars are intercultural wars, civilizational wars. Before the era of post … Continue reading

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Americans are No Good at War?

The conservative icon, Robert Nisbet wrote in his book The Present Age that Americans “are no good at war.” As an American soldier I took immediate umbrage at that, but after thinking about it a while and reviewing our recent … Continue reading

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Continuing Instability in the Middle East. Why?

Robert Kaplan wrote a quite good article for Foreign Affairs ( a prime source for the establishment elite) entitled “Orders After Empire; The Roots of Instability in the Middle East.” I admire his writing and have a number of his … Continue reading

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The Cross and the Crescent

An article I wrote 22 Years ago for  the Crisis Magazine, a Catholic periodical. It has worn well and, except for a few names and places,  it is still  true with modifications. I do believe, however that the excesses of … Continue reading

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The legacy of Nazi Propaganda to the Middle East

Putting the bottom line up front. The collision of Zionist aims and Arab Nationalism was -to a large degree- a by product of the highly effective and continuous propaganda of the Nazi regime beginning in 1939 and right up till … Continue reading

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Israel Fights a Two Front War

I would suppose that most people seeing the above headline-if they are moderately aware of the Arab-Israel forever war  would assume I am writing about the Attacks on Israel from the West Bank and Gaza. I’m not. I’m talking about … Continue reading

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The Ukraine, Taiwan and the East-West Confrontation

The Wall Street Journal recently had two articles which peaked my interest in writing about the connection between the war in Ukraine and the shift in centers  of  world power…at  least the impression  of it happening. Insofar as the Middle … Continue reading

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Freedom No: Totalitarianism yes

The axiom of all political and societal studies is  the embedded belief that all human beings desire freedom, including the postulant that many are prepared to die to obtain it for their fellow humans. As I was brought up to … Continue reading

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Iraq: Twenty Years After Disbanding the Iraqi Army – Right or Wrong?

This past week marked the twentieth years since the invasion/liberation’ of Iraq by US and allied forces. As might be expected the “experts” were refurbishing their opinions offered at the time. The usual American Bush administration  villains were resurrected for … Continue reading

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Iraq evolves toward terrorist State

A series of articles published on line by the Washington Institute of Near east Policy has graphically shown how the Iraqi power structure, manipulated by the Iranian  military  and ideological leaders, has all the earmarks of becoming a total Iranian … Continue reading

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