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Fraud Anniversary

Raise a toast to the Fraud Anniversary. For 99 percent of America it's been all downhill ever since, including me. The GWB administration and the mainstream media broke everything with the Iraq war....

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An old cyberwar April Fool's joke proves durable, finds new rubes

In the mainstream public discussion about cyberwar, bull---- walks, particularly here. And so it is not greatly surprising when an infamous old April Fool's joke about a computer virus alleged to have been used in Desert Storm shows up almost right on time for the...

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Glimpse of bin Laden Techniques in Captured Records of al-Qa'ida in Iraq

By Benjamin Bahney, Renny McPherson, and Howard J. Shatz Osama bin Laden's death will not end the operations of terrorist cells linked to him or his affiliates. But every bit of evidence pieced together sheds more light on how terrorist groups operate and helps counter...

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The Political Struggle for Security Control in Iraq

When Iraq's political factions finally elected a government on December 21, 2010 - following over nine months of negotiation - they still had not agreed on the key ministries of defense, interior and national security. Over three months later these cabinet-level offices remain unfilled, although...

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The Situation in the Middle East: A Turkish Model of A Different Sort?

My colleague at the Naval War College, professor John Schindler, comments on the situation: "Several decades of U.S. policies towards the Middle East are unraveling in real-time, before our eyes." Tunisia's government fell; Egypt's is possibly toppling; and others (like Jordan and Yemen) are attempting...

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Mission Accomplished (Again)

cross-post from acus.org For the second time this decade, combat operations in Iraq are over. It is unlikely that we'll see President Obama land on an aircraft carrier or drive across Iraq's border in an MRAP, but superstition should not prevent acknowledging the meaning of...

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Debating Lend-Lease for the 21st century

Last week, in a column for World Politics Review, I floated the idea of setting up a 21st century version of Lend-Lease, to cope with the growing cap between the capabilities that countries around the world can field, especially in securing the global commons, and...

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Admiral Mullen Speaks at the Naval War College

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave an address today to the students and faculty of the Naval War College. It was, in my opinion, a window into his thinking. He opened his remarks by noting that he has a "focus...

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President's Afghanistan Strategy - More Questions Than Answers

President Obama's strategy announcement for the war in Afghanistan raises more questions than it answers. But some answers are starting to come, and they're not good news. The first and most important question, of course, is the feasibility of the strategy. On this question,...

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Getting to "Yes" in Iraq

Iraqis are celebrating on the streets as the US withdraw its troops from the major urban areas of Iraq, but the fresh violence in Kirkuk serves as a sober reminder of the country's still fragile security condition. Many are focusing on what the Iraqi...

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Living with the Outcome: Elections in Lebanon By Aram Nerguizian and Ghassan Schbley

By Aram Nerguizian and Ghassan Schbley Lebanon is scheduled to hold elections Sunday [June 7], and the pro-Western political alliance favored by the United States may lose. If it does, the Obama Administration should not consider the result a triumph for Hezbollah, but a challenge....

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