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.

The Ukraine and Kuwait

As the media twists and turns over the the Ukraine crisis, President Biden poured oil on the fire by  reviving an  Ambassador April Glaspie moment.    Both insinuated We have no dog in these fights. Saddam took it as a … Continue reading

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The Invasion of Kuwait.

“Within two years from 1988 to 1990, Iraq went from being a virtual U.S.  ally to become the first Arab state to fight a war against the United States.” ( Barry Rubin, The Road to War.) In those two  years  the … Continue reading

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How to defeat a coup d’Etat

In the sixties there was Among the Middle East gurus a certainty that the monarchs of the Arab world were close to extinction. King Farouk of Egypt went down in 1952. King Idris of Libya in 1969, King Feisal II … Continue reading

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The Importance of Knowing Ourselves . Lessons of History

  If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know … Continue reading

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Democracy in Egypt. A Useless Endeavor

President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi made a seemingly important announcement in October.  He lifted the 40 year  state of  emergency enacted originally to control the population  during an era of seemingly endless  currents of turmoil and  internal discord. This law … Continue reading

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SECSTATE Antony Blinken Turns the Other Cheek and America gets Slapped

Sec State Antony Blinken in February  0f this year took the Houthies ( sometimes called the Ansarallah) off the terrorist list  and two days after this move the same State Department became “deeply troubled” by the attacks on Saudi  Arabia … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theories abound after assassination attempt on Iraqi PM

The  Iraqi Shi’a militias went wild after the  assassination attempt on PM Kadhimi….. or an incident assumed to be so……. in exclaiming their innocence.  The first assumption to understand is that most of the Shi’a  militia groups in the Popular … Continue reading

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The Intelligence Failure in Afghanistan; Precursor to the Military Failure

The Wall Street Journal published An article entitled “Agencies Missed Fast Fall of Kabul” (29 OCT 2021). William Burns the CIA director,( one of the primary operatives in the poorly conceived Iranian JCPOA, nuclear deal with Iran) tried to put … Continue reading

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Israel; American Role in the Creation

  the maze in the Creation of the state of Israel     Things were not going well for the British and French in the “Great War” in 1917. The Russian army had disintegrated thanks to the communists, the French … Continue reading

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Middle East redux?

There was a time when I eagerly looked for new books on the Middle East and followed the programs on the regions, trying to keep up with the twists and turns of Middle Eastern politics but those days are gone. … Continue reading

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