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.

War is Over? Unilateral Declarations of Peace means Surrender

President Biden  at the United Nations declared that the the Afghanistan  was over.  This is idiocy. Normally  for a war to be settled, both warring factions should agree. The Taliban did not, nor have our many enemies in the Middle … Continue reading

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The Kabul Debacle. Systematic Issues or Leadership Malfeasance?

It is striking that  officially no one  really expected the Afghan  Ahmad Karsai’s regime to survive the pull out of US forces, and with an evacuation date for the US forces firmly set,  it seems inconceivable that one year  later … Continue reading

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Afghanistan 2021 and Singapore 1942 Calamities Not to be Forgotten

As things in Kabul limp toward some denouement of the Afghanistan tragedy…at least the race to evacuate as many American citizens, and presumably some percentage of the Afghans who aided in our nation building efforts (or were simply enticed into … Continue reading

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National Disgrace. The Botched Evacuation from Afghanistan

All of those of you still alive and breathing have probably seen the wild stampede and chaos attending the United States military and civilian evacuation from Afghanistan. It rivals and in some ways surpasses the humiliating evacuation from Saigon 30 … Continue reading

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The Futility of Nation or State Building in the Middle East

First a couple of definitions. Simplifying  the academic definition of Nation building, my definition is a process by which all the people within the boundaries of a nation feel they are citizens of that nation; e.g., all the people of … Continue reading

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Arabistan or Khuzistan or Ahwaz

  Iran at present has multiple problems, including the Wuhan virus running rampant through a number of Iranian regions, a failing economy, infighting among their regime elites but currently the most serious problem is the sectarian issue. As I wrote … Continue reading

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The Second Lebanese war. Lessons learned that the U.S. Needs to Understand

In July 2006, Hezbollah militants attacked an Israeli patrol along the northern border with Lebanon destroying two vehicles, killing 5 soldiers and capturing three which they took with them back into Lebanon,  ( the second Lebanon War)starting a war which … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Urban warfare

Thought I would put up a class I did for some years at JFKSWCS. Middle Eastern urban or MOUT has particular problems due to a number of factors as explained in this slider show. The Israelis know this which is … Continue reading

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Lebanon. Once a wonder land. Now just another Arab Disaster

Today we hear constantly of an imminent Lebanese economic collapse, something we have heard before. The wealthy show up nightly for entertainment at the clubs and as always Lebanese women outdo  the rest of the most sophisticated Western women in … Continue reading

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Arab Way of War : Gaza Variation

Some years ago I presented to a number of classes at the Special Warfare School one of the subjects that has interested me greatly for half a century…the cultural aspect of war, specifically the Arab way of war. From my … Continue reading

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