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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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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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