The Local War on Terror
An intended target saw smoke. The intended target, instead of ignoring the threat or fleeing, acted as a citizen defender. The citizen defender, the New York City street vendor who saw smoke swirling from an SUV parked in Times Square | Read More »
The Land Beyond Chitchat and Oughtta Be
Barack Obama isn’t leading. Instead, events are leading the president — and I don’t mean stage-managed summits, puppet press conferences or White House dinners, but the international events that matter, the ones paid for in blood. Iran and North Korea | Read More »
Has the Cyber-War Begun?
Modern warfare will spill out next in cyberspace.
Obama’s “new” approach to Afghanistan is a surge in sheep’s clothing.
One word aptly describes Ft. Hood mass murderer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: traitor. Traitor is a tough word. It doesn’t smudge and squish. "Traitor" draws a hard line, one that sharply divides essential life-determining values and marks a defining personal | Read More »
Obama Orbits: Satellites and Space Weapons
The column I began writing at 7 a.m. on September 11, 2001, addressed the American military’s reliance on satellites and issues involving "a potential arms race in space." Of course, by 9 a.m., space militarization became less pressing, as al-Qaida | Read More »
The Pirates of Puntland
Bin Laden’s Slow Rot
In late August 2004, after shutting off the recorder, I asked the British general to tell me how Iraq and coalition forces should handle the complex ethnic, sectarian and security challenge presented by Shia "Mahdi Militia" leader Moqtada al-Sadr. That | Read More »
The Russo-Georgia War’s Dire Diplomatic Aftermath
As I write this column, Russian troops have halted their main attack just short of Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital. That’s smart diplomatically and sharp militarily. In late 1994, the Russians attempted to drive Chechen rebels from Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, and suffered | Read More »
“Rheostat Warfare:” An Interview With Gen. David Petraeus
Victory in war is tough to define. Hollywood’s version of victory in World War II provides a finality that history lacks. Gen. MacArthur meets the Japanese emissary on the battleship Missouri, and the curtain falls. Except trouble brews in Korea, | Read More »